Rasheed's recording career began on Fantasy records when he was 16 years old.
A stop at Atlantic records in 1975 was his last on a major label and he walked away from music.
In 1993 he returned with an album of instrumental music released in Japan on the indie Totown label.
Rasheed, who sings in Spanish, Portuguese and French, recorded seven world music albums as Rasheed Ali & Rain People
(including two in Brasil) for his indie label: Digital Rain Factory.
Each album was an exploration into creating Black music without borders.
The Rain People mantra was: "One Tribe, Many Voices".
Ali took another break from music to return to college and work with nonprofit organizations on serious social issues.
With 1968; the multi-instrumentalist has taken a detour into the past to create a new musical vision.
It's a journey into the imagination, where what's old is new again.
Can a musician go back in time to create a music that gives new life to our history?
Rasheed Ali has created a funky history lesson for those who weren't present and a musical reminder for a generation of free thinkers who were there.
It's a semi-autobiographical coming of age story by a musician who began his professional career as a 12 year old in the sixties.