Raphael 150 150 Boom Reggae


Born in Savona from Nigerian father and Italian mother, he starts his musical path still as a teenager, by setting up the Eazy Skankers reggae band in 2002.

Through the years he collects important appearances on festivals like Rototom Sunsplash and Arezzo Wave, hundreds of live shows and two totally self-produced albums: “To the Foundation” recorded in 2008 in Kingston, Jamaica, at the legendary Tuff Gong Studio and “Changes” (2011) recorded and mixed by Madaski, leader and producer of the veteran Italian band Africa Unite. Raphael and his front man, Bunna, share the “Double Trouble” project since 2010(a tribute to Bob Marley with the songwriter Zibba’s guitar as the only instrument) while at the same time Raphael begins to perform in showcase style, often supported by Genoa’s sound Groove Yard, and starts his collaboration with the Modena based label Bizzarri Records, with whom he delivers his first solo EP “My name is Raphael” in 2012.

The solo activity continues with the release of many singles for several Italian and international labels (some pressed on vinyl like “Good Old Vibes” by UK’s Peckings Records), a jingle for the Italian broadcaster “Radio 105”, and culminate with his debut solo album “Mind Vs Heart”, produced by the Vienna based label Irie Vibrations Records, issued on October 2013. Featuring Jamaican singer Skarra Mucci and Tiwony from Guadeloupe, the album is the result of Raphael cooperation with producers like Syrix, Reggaesta, Nite Lite, Leo Bizzarri, Andrea Bottaro from Eazy Skankers, who had played on several tracks.

In 2014 the Mind Vs Heart tour takes off: more than 150 gigs in 15 different countries in Europe and South America, sometimes in showcase, often backed by bands like Eazy Skankers, the Austrian Fireman Crew, and Belgian Asham Band.

In 2015 Raphael surely didn’t stop: He’s in the “Better Run Riddim” line up, produced by Dub Inc among names like Kymani Marley and Morgan Heritage, he’s featured in the latest Africa Unite’s album and he delivered “Here comes the Soundblaster” mixtape in combo with the German sound Sentinel.