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Until the arrival of the RasItes, UK reggae hadn't witnessed the emergence of a young band of musicians intent upon writing and playing thier own material,
It was 2001 when the RasItes Band lit up the roots market with their debut album, Urban Regeneration.
After a hit duet with Jamaican superstar Luciano called Leaders, the group then embarked on a five week tour of Europe performing in their own right and backing fellow acts the Abyssinians, Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru and Warrior King. After playing at 2004 Rebel Salute in Jamaica, they stayed on the island to record tracks with master Saxaphonist/Producer Dean Fraser and Bobby Digital.
Like that of various seventies legends, the RasItes music blends social realism with a joyful spirituality that international audiences are beginning to find irresistible, and this explosive, yet time-honoured combination has generated some of the most exuberant displays off singing, dee-jaying and live musicianship the UK has seen in years.
forming the RasItes in 1996 the original line up remains as tightly knited as ever.
They entered the Sunsplash Selector competition held at the Hackney Empire in 1998 when Jahmel was fifteen and Otis only thirteen. They were the only live band on the competition and won the first place prize, which was a trip to Jamaica to perform on Reggea Sunsplash.
By the summer of 1999 they was signed to Jet star and working on various tracks. Jah Love, from the compilation Reality Calling Vol 1, was the first
then Highgrade took the peoples ears by a storm on a 7 inch release by Jet Star.
NEW ALBUM RELEASE CALLED "SEX, VIOLENCE AND DRUGS" IS OUT!
RasItes Now Own There Own Company "ITES UP LTD" Providing the best Uk Production heard in Years. Catch RasItes Performing Live Throughout 2010/11 and Beyond