Influenced by the community, culture, and sounds of the Northern California Bay Area, Rafa Selase's music, art and songwriting aspires to speak to people across the globe on all levels of the musical, poetic and artistic spectrum. A proud native of Vallejo, California, he has been quietly building a career as a multi-talented artist.
His first album, an improvisational piano collection that lives up to its name, “Meditation Music,” highlights Selase’s smooth, rhythmic piano style. The story of this first release is an independent artist's dream with its debut at #8 on Billboard's New Age Relaxation Music Chart.
Selase immediately went to work in an entirely different musical direction, venturing into a socially conscious alternative hip hop infused acid jazz album he called, "Red Blooded American.” With social change igniting worldwide, the Red Blooded American album feels like a protest song album, but rather it is a philosophical take on freedom and what we can learn from our nation’s history.
When asked how to categorize his music, Selase simply responds, “songs about freedom.”
United Kingdom's A&R Factory Amelia Vandergast notes that Selase’s music defies categorization, describing it as, "elements of Acid Jazz, Alt Hip Hop & Folk combined with his poetically poignant lyricism."
Crediting musical influences that include Gil Scott-Heron, Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone, Fela Kuti, Lauryn Hill, Tupac Shakur, E40, Hugh Masakela, and Public Enemy; Selase continues to innovate, mixing his stylistic jazz music and performance art with African funk, jazz fusion, latin, blues and R&B/soul. He endeavors to take fans through a journey of mental activism on a poet's journey through life.
"I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all."