By Alfred Kalisa
A Rwandan artist who does his music and other works in Kalgoorlie Western Australia, Ras Banamungu, believes that art should not have a limit and surround the owner in the thoughts and public works based on his art.
In a detailed interview with our reporter over the phone, on August 27, 2022, the singer known for his popular albums and singles such as Njoni Mpate Raha Album, I am MessenJah Album, Revelation of Oneness Album, Shakalaka-Doo Experience” single, “Cherry oh “Queen Single”, “Luky Dube” Single” and many more …, he began by saying that he associates music with many other things based on humanity.
Laughter percussion (practice,) research on religion (Divinity), traditional medicine (Herbal medicine) and other social services are some of Ras Banamungu daily activities.
Banamungu told our reporter that some of what he is busy with is what he does every day, but all he has learned is what he is studying for his Advance Muster Diploma of Herbal Medicine,
In addition to his Artistic therapy practice and his music being popular such as his music played on various radio stations all over the global especially in Australia, Ras Banamungu has largely returned to the value he sees in traditional medicine using plants, mainly trees. He says that he values it because his family belongs to traditional Rwandan healers.
He said “I will not go into much let’s end on the importance of the original tea you see. It cures many diseases and is possible. Let me add a close example, tea that cures fatigue. If you didn’t know, the diseases that come from fatigue will not be identified because there are many, including obesity… So I will reveal the rest in the coming days, when I will tell you how you will use it in your daily life. I am an International Reggae singer, my accomplishments include my winning the prestigious Akademia award and Poze.
Ras Banamungu music Awards’
Productions award for best Reggae album “I am MessenJah” and also for best rock EP “Let’s Make Our Business forgiveness” in the year 2019.
In addition to that, I have also had the honor of receiving other awards, such as:
-Unforgettable live performance” at the 2019 Coast to Coast festival in Melbourne.
-The 2019 Akademia award for best overall artist of the year
-2020 Artistic Vision award for exceptional talent of the year, originality and
vision in the field of music, and; Music Award for Best Reggae Music Video.
I am an artistic therapist and developer of Laughter Percussion
Laughter Percussion is a revolutionary new therapy that brings together people, culture, rhythm, percussion, physical energy and interaction, and most important, laughter.
My workshops/sessions brighten everyone’s day, encourage interaction and connection among people and provide positive reinforcement and extra support to encourage participation, regardless of one’s abilities.
It is a bliss to watch people open up and combine their joy of laughter with the joy of playing rhythmic music and singing.
Before Ras Banamungu left Rwanda in 2013, he was known for making music in the Reggae style, but he joined it with fighting for the well-being of AIDS orphan and Genocide survivors.