Stephen “Ras Katri” Wise is a multi- instrumentalist musician (sax, flute, drums, keyboards) and vocalist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry like Stevie Wonder. He was featured on two of Wonder’s CDs “Jungle Fever” and “Characters”. Other names include Patti Labelle, Boyz II Men, The Roots, Britney Spears, and Teena Marie to name a few.
Ras Katri gained global visibility appearing and competing on Star Search reaching semi-finalist status. In 1990, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison and appeared on the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles, California, he performed to embrace and honor him.
Besides being the bandleader for The Edge (wedding band in Philadelphia) and the StepWise Band (Reggae band in Jamaica), Stephen is also a songwriter and music producer who has produced 6 recorded albums/CDs of his own original, thought-provoking music which can be found at CD Baby. He also produces and cultivates many upcoming artists, singers, poets and spoken word-ologists.
In addition to providing musical interludes during Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta on Saturday, May 27, he will also be facilitating the workshop, “Music as medicine” on Sunday, May 28, 2-4 p.m. at the Treasure Beach Women’s Group House.