Trevor Hall, now known as Ras Jabulani, was born in Gloucester, UK in 1957. His parents came to Britain from Jamaica in the 1950s. He moved to Northampton at the age of three. When he left school Trevor went on to do an apprenticeship as a carpenter. In his mid-teens he began to become more aware of his Black heritage and decided to act on it.
In 1975 Trevor, along with friends, formed the Matta Fancanta Youth Movement (MFM).
In the early 80s Trevor moved to Swaziland as a volunteer to work with youths.
He set up the Manzini Youth Centre and later gained funding from UNESCO for a national youth centre.
He also spent time in Mozambique. In 1985 he was living in Soweto, South Africa and working on a programme building cultural activities among the youth. He also helped to produce and edit some of Bishop Tutu’s speeches and was eventually banned from the country.
He then moved to Botswana from 1986 to 1987. He mostly worked with music and started a cultural society at the University of Botswana.
When he left the country he was invited to do some fundraising shows in Zimbabwe in 1987, where he decided to settle.
In Zimbabwe Ras Jabulani has been a strong advocate and promoter of Reggae music, Rastafarianism and black emancipation. He leads the Reggae band Crucial Mix which has mentored a lot of artists and performed as a backing band for many visiting international artists mainly Reggae and Dancehall.
Ras Jabulani has released several albums, singles and also collaborated with a number of artists including Isaac Chirwa on the hit song Uthando Kuwe.
He has also organised the annual Bob Marley Commemorations amongst many other events. Hall has also in the past hosted ZBC TV’s Rockers Vibes a program that showcased Reggae and Dancehall Music before he handed it over to Dancehall superstar Winky D.
He is a legend whose impact in the music and creative space in Zimbabwe is huge and needs to be celebrated.
By Plot Mhako «« with excerpts from BBC