Ras Ceylon releases “1999”, an emotional message of Love & Freedom!

Ras Ceylon

The once-banned Sri Lankan American recording artist, Ras Ceylon, has released his new song and visual for “1999”, a track honoring and bringing awareness to the Sri Lankan protests & the perseverance of the oppressed worldwide.

Ras Ceylon has been celebrated as the first-ever Sri Lankan rapper outside of the country when he released his “The 1st Lesson” album in 1999 in the middle of the country’s 27-year-long civil war. Decades later, Ras’s post-civil war peace anthem, “Heal Lanka”, a hip hop call for unity, was quickly banned from Sri Lankan airwaves by the Rajapaksa family.

The harsh reaction of the Sri Lankan government to Ras Ceylon’s music was even documented in the Oxford University book: “The Musical Gift: Sonic Generosity in Post War Sri Lanka” & other media outlets.

Looking to commemorate the Sri Lankan people’s victory, Ras Ceylon felt compelled to release “1999”. A semi-autobiographical song and the unofficial anthem of freedom for the oppressed. MC Prose directed the music video, which was filmed in Southern California, documents over two decades of Ras’s own personal struggles & triumphs leading the viewer to the present day of his music now back in rotation on Sri Lankan airwaves. 

When speaking to Ras about “1999”, he declared, “This joint wrote itself quickly as it is completely inspired by my lived experiences.  It’s as much a message to myself as to the listeners.  Knowledge of self is key in all aspects of life.”

Ras Ceylon
Produced by Chalice Row Records
Filmed & Edited by MC Prose for MCeyepher Visuals

“1999” is available now on all major streaming platforms via Chalice Row Records and is the first single from Ras’s upcoming and currently untitled solo album.

Twitter Handles:
Ras Ceylon – @RasCeylon
Chalice Row Records – @ChaliceRow
MC Prose – @MCProse

Instagram Handles:
Ras Ceylon – @RasCeylon
Chalice Row Records – @ChaliceRow
MC Prose – @MC.Prose
MCeyepher Visuals – @MCeyepher

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