Born Carlos Alidu Mumuni in Tamale, the northern part of Ghana, RASCALIMU started studying music when he was 8 years old. He often gathered his younger brothers to play with instruments that they created. He also loved to sing by this age and easily picked up songs played on the radio.
His initial attempts to join bands failed because no one shared in his musical vision. Discouraged, he decided to attend Tumu Secondary School in Tumu, Ghana studying English Literature, Mathematics, World History, French, Agriculture, and Bible Studies. RASCALIMU graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Tumu in June of 1984.
Scholarship opportunities to earn a Master’s degree took RASCALIMU to Northern Africa and Europe and it was during this time where he was first introduced to the local musicians. Singing songs for these musicians gave RASCALIMU the interest to once again pursue music full speed ahead. With the passion still inside of him to sing, he left no stone unturned in attempting to make music his career, however, there was yet another obstacle to face, no money to back his dreams.
When his academic program in Europe ended, he went back to Ghana and was still faced with the same obstacle, no one believing in his dream and no money to support it. In 1987 he made several casual trips to Algeria, Tunis, Tripoli, Malaysia and finally to Taipei-Taiwan in 1989 where he then settled and worked for two years.
While in Taipei he was introduced to an Australian reggae group that he heard playing in a club. They embraced him immediately and he became a member of the band where he served as lead vocalist and played percussion. The band left for Thailand after 6 months and RASCALIMU remained in Taipei to earn some money and to gain more musical experience doing live performances. He remained in Taipei honing his musical skills for two years then decided to return to Ghana.
On his journey back to his homeland of Ghana, he stopped off in Thailand and it was there he made acquaintances with yet another reggae band. “T-BONE” (Mousa/Warner Brothers), the only reggae band in Thailand, which whom he played with in clubs throughout Bangkok and on the island of Kho Samui. He played several gigs with ‘T-Bone’ and then moved on to Pattava where he lived and played in clubs throughout that area.
After years of writing songs and seeking an opportunity to record, RASCALIMU finally got that chance in the U.S. in 1996 when an introduction to Judah Eskender Tafari led to the recording of RASCALIMU’s demo. His first CD, “REGGAE REVOLUTION”, will be released in the U.S. in the fall of 2002. The CD was recorded at Sample King Studio, mixed and engineered at Living Room Studios by Sidney Mills (Steel Pulse), and mastered by Mark Dann Recordings.
RASCALIMU’s gives thanks and praises to the almighty GOD which whom he thanks for this album and many other blessings bestowed upon him. His musical inspirations are synonymous with superstardom and legendry. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, The Mighty Diamonds, Alfa Blonde, Lucky Dube, Ismael Isaacs, Rocky Dawuni.
"May the good Lord bless all the works of our hands and lead us in HIS righteous way now and forever. " RASCALIMU
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