Killing Time

Topics: Dar es Salaam, Robben Island, Short story Pages: 3 (974 words) Published: December 20, 2012
KILLING TIME—Nasibu Mwanukuzi

Ras Nas aka Nasibu Mwanukuzi is a musician and poet from Tanzania living in Oslo. Apart from a poet and short story/fiction writer, he is also a reggae musician. Born in Morogoro (Tanzania), Ras Nas aka Nasibu Mwanukuzi, is an African musician who blends African music and reggae with a dash of poetry. Ras Nas is singer-songwriter, poet, guitarist, percussionist and producer. Nasibu started writing African poetry at the age of 17 and experimented with various forms of African chanting and African drumming. He is also a painter who ran short of paint at one point. Studied Law at the University of Dar es salaam where he graduated with an L.L.B degree in 1984. After graduation he worked for a while as a journalist for Daily News as well as a correspondent for Africa Magazine covering mainly cultural issues. Ras performed for Nelson Mandela on his first visit to Norway. While at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Nasibu co-founded a powerful poetry and drama group "SAYARI" in Dar-es-salaam in 1980. Other SAYARI members were Freddy Macha, Chiku Ali (who joined after Anna Lukindo) and George Chioko. The group combined African music, poetry, miming, dance and drama and toured extensively in Scandinavia. In 1985 Nasibu moved to Oslo, Norway to study Mass Communications at the University of Oslo, UIO. He has since lived in Norway, also as a father of three children. In 1985 he initiated “UMOJA CULTURE,” a group in Oslo that blended traditional African music and dance. He also co-founded "ARTISTS FOR LIBERATION", a forerunner to Nordic Black Theater. In 1989 he published his first collection of African poetry, "Double Focus", (Kongoi Productions). Together with Reginald T. Oliver (Papa Lion) and James Toney Jr., he formed NASIBU and the DUAL VISION, a trio that performed Rhythmic Poetry coated with vibrant African chanting, harmonies and drumming. The trio changed name to "THE COLD FIRE" bringing in a Zimbabwean bassist, Clive Brown, and...
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