Ras Banamungu is a highly acclaimed musician and frontman for Ras Banamungu and The Det-n-actors International.
And he’s also a professional laughter therapist. Yes, such a thing exists. Ras has designed a program specifically to meet the needs of his community, utilising laughter percussion. Through the combination of his life story, this art form and his professional experience within the disability sector, and trauma-informed studies, Ras has curated an experience of happiness that caters to all ages, abilities, and locations.
Laughter percussion has been refined over the years through his performances and teaching multiple workshops. It continues to change the lives of hundreds of its participants through its memorable and moving methods of practice. Some of this joy is also in his musical output.
The West Australian based music artist has just released Revelation of Oneness, the follow-up single to Smiling Face of Australia and My Sunshine. The new track is an evocative combination of roots music, blues and Afrobeat, incorporating various converging sound choices that surprise as much they pacify.
Ras Banamungu and The Det-n-ators International have won the prestigious Akademia award and Poze productions award for best album and EP with I am Messenjah and Let’s Make our Business Forgiveness, and the celebrated Rastafarian was also awarded for his live performance at the Coast to Coast awards in Melbourne 2019.
Adding to this growing list are some more recent accolades; the 2020 Artistic Vision award for exceptional talent of the year, originality, and vision in the field of music, and the 2020 X-POZE-ING Music Award for Best Reggae Music Video, for My Sunshine.
Revelation of Oneness was written and produced by Ras Banamungu, engineered, and recorded by Andrew Wright at Forest Studio Perth Western Australia, and mastered by Alex Saltz at APS Mastering New York USA.
The new track is a subtly persuasive reggae-based song that demonstrates a somewhat quieter version of the band’s previous releases but a no less effective one.