Danny Yenga Kapambwe aka Ras Anada
Vocalist |Composer |Instrumentalist |Director – Mellow Moods |Professional Engineer
Hailing from Kitwe, Zambia, this ‘Muso’ has worked with many renowned artists from his home country, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
He is a professional electrical engineer who graduated from the University of Zambia in 1993. However, it was in May 1996 at the Kitwe Zoo in Kitwe that Ras Anada had his first real stint with live performances as a player/singer. He was also in the organizing committee of the event which has since seen itself going into the annuls of the Zambian Reggae history as the first ever Bob Marley anniversary concert to be held in the town. Ras Anada spearheaded and participated in the subsequent Bob Marley
concerts from 1997 to 1999. During this period Ras Anada composed and wrote many songs, which he performed at this and other concerts. He was to later record most of these songs in Gaborone Botswana.
In January 2000, Ras Anada left Kitwe and relocated to Gaborone, Botswana with the family. In 2001 joined and played with Ramotswa based band called Jah Revelation Sounds. His philosophy of nurturing the natural talent available makes him a noteworthy leader and led him to establish Bingi Vibes Productions based in Gaborone, Botswana, in 2005 together with his partner, Tebogo Mosugelo. He created a band called Bingi Vibes Band, consisting of artists from Botswana and Zimbabwe. His debut album, Sing Selassie” recorded at Bingi Vibes Studio in Gaborone, was released in 2009 and was nominated for the BOMU awards of that same year. He released his second 16-track album called “Open the Borders” at Bingi Vibes Production Studio in 2012.
With Bingi Vibes Band, he performed at many concerts among them the Peo Promotions’ organized raft race event at the Gaborone Dam in 2009, the Mantshwabisi event at Game City in 2009, and Fete de la Musique of 2006 to 2011.
Bingi Vibes were to later organize the Bob Marley shows of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and set up a permanent base at Soul to Soul in Tlokweng. Other shows performed at were at Maruapula and Cresta Hotel, in 2011, respectively. Ras Anada had also worked with bands and artists such as Stepping Razor, Massive and Ras Judah who is now based in New Zealand.
Since October 2011, Ras Anada has relocated back to Zambia and re-united with the Negus Tafari Band that he co-founded in 1996. He has also officially commenced operations at Mellow Moods, a live performing club that he has established in Kamwala South, Lusaka. He commenced building this club in August 2005 and started operations in August 2012. This is a club that has continued on the objectives of
Bingi Vibes of identifying and nurturing raw talent especially from the youths, from poetry, to drama and dance to music, with special emphasis on live performances. Ras Anada through Mellow Moods, is therefore working and collaborating with many youth, some that have now been taken to bigger platforms. Ras Kinky and Kaya man, who recently performed in Norway with Gyptian under the ZedWay (Zambia Norway) arrangement are examples of such youths.
Since re uniting with his band the Negus Tafari, Ras Anada has performed at many live concerts among them the Bob Marley Concerts of 2012 to 2016 at Diggers in Kitwe, the Bob Marley Concerts of 2013 to 2016 in Lusaka, the three in once concerts (in memory of Lucky Dube, Joseph Hills and Peter Tosh) of 2012 to 2015 at Diggers in Kitwe, Peter Tosh concerts of 2013 to 2015 in Lusaka and the Don Carlos tour of 2014 at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka and Diggers in Kitwe, respectively.
On 26th March 2016, Mellow Moods hosted the birth day celebration for Admiral P, a Zambian born Norwegian reggae artist (initiator of the ZedWay arrangement), together with renowned reggae and dancehall Selector Lion Daniel also from Norway, as well as many other renowned Zambian reggae artists such as Cactus Agony, Milz the teacher, B Flow, the RBG and of course Ras Anada with the Negus Tafari Band.
In addition to these concerts, Ras Anada with Negus Tafari performs every Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Mellow Moods in collaboration with many other artists under the Mellow Moods stable and at times, guest artists. In May 2016, Ras Anada released his third album called “Jubilee”. The title track song was recorded on the achievement of Zambia’s 50 years of Independence on 24th October 2014. The album was recorded at Mellow Moods Studio with the same producer from the two album, a talented youth man called Logmmth from Zimbabwe.
Despite being a professional engineer, Ras Anada is currently running Mellow Moods club as its director and leading the Negus Tafari Band, the resident band at Mellow Moods.