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Ras Caleb
Ras Caleb, Caleb Tareka, Zimdancehall, Tokwe Mukosi
Background information
Birth name Caleb Tareka
Born (1987-02-16) February 16, 1987 (age 30)
Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Genres Zimdancehall
Occupation(s) Zimdancehall Artist, Songwriter

Ras Caleb is an award winning Zimdancehall artist. Ras Caleb is popularly known for songs that include Tokwe Mukosi and Nehanda. It was his song "Tokwe Mukosi" which proved to be a runaway success, making him a household name and a force to reckon with in the Zimdancehall circles.

Background

Ras Caleb's real name is Caleb Tareka and was born on 16 February 1987 and grew up and received his education up to Advanced Level in Masvingo. There he went to Salvation Army church regularly with the encouragement of his mother and sang in the choir. Caleb also studied journalism in South Africa after completing his A-Level education.[1].

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Music

Caleb moved to Harare after his education where he stayed at Soul Jah Love's home in Waterfalls along with other artists Roki and Mafriq. The house they stayed doubled as a recording studio for the musicians. Roki and some of his friends however eventually moved from the house and Caleb was left homeless as he could not be accommodated at the new house. He was forced to live on the street around Jongwe Corner for some time. [1]

Around the time he was homeless, in 2012, Caleb released the song Nehanda but it didn't become the hit he expected it to be. Things changed however when he was introduced to Chill Spot Records Zimdancehall producers Fantan and Levelz and went on to record Tokwe Mukosi song.[1]

Awards

Zimdancehall Awards 2014

  • Zimdancehall Best Conscious song-2014 - "Tokwe Mukosi".

Tokwe Mukosi song

Ras Caleb's most popular song 'Tokwe Mukosi was recorded in solidarity with the victims of the 2014 Tokwe Mukosi Floods which left many Masvingo families homeless and displaced. The song was recorded on the Pure Niceness Riddim by Chill Spot Records.

Videos

Ras Caleb Nehanda song video
Ras Caleb Tokwe Mukosi song video

Picture Gallery

Trivia

In some of his songs like Tokwe Mukosi, Ras Caleb refers to himself as the Rascal Dread.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Simbarashe Manhango Ras Caleb defies all odds, NewsDay Zimbabwe, Published: 25 November 2014, Retrieved: 28 May 2015