Afro Folk Blues
Ras Judah Seomeng
Brief Artistic Profile
Born in Botswana, Southern Africa, in the 1970s, Samuel Judah Seomeng aka Ras Judah grew up in a household filled with music through both his parents and rich cultural heritage in the form of African folklore through his great grandfather. Both Judah’s parents are devoted Christians who would not allow any of their kids miss a day at church, and that was the place where Judah enjoyed the art of singing. Judah’s great grandfather Raphate, entertained Judah and his siblings when they were young children with African folk tales.
Apart from his passion for music, Ras Judah is a published author of two African folk tale books (Dimo and Chiwelo and Dimo and the little bush doctor, Published by Pyramid Publishing, Botswana 2004), and he is a recording/performing musician with three solo albums and numerous collaborative projects with other musicians and bands, both in Aotearoa and in Botswana.
Judah immigrated to NZ with his family sixteen years ago (in 2004) and has since become a recognizable face in venues and events in many parts of Aotearoa. He spent his first nine years in Nelson where he worked both as a solo performer and with his then Nelson-based band One Vibe. In addition to performing and touring regularly, Ras Judah also conducts regular educational workshops teaching African drumming and storytelling in schools, school holiday programmes as well as offering individual and group tutorials.
In 2013 Ras Judah relocated to Wellington with the hopes of expanding his music networks as well as to further his studies at Victoria University. Once in Wellington, Ras Judah started the Culture Embassy Project, a ten-piece multicultural band, which has become a familiar part of the Wellington music scene. In 2015, Ras Judah released the first full collaborative album with Culture Embassy band. Alongside his solo work, Ras Judah and Culture Embassy continue to frequent many of Wellington’s popular venues as well as to travel regularly between the North and South Islands. Currently, Ras Judah is working on completing a new single which is scheduled for release on Friday, 12 February 2021.