WINNER OF THE 2006 BEST SOCA ARTIST AT THE INTERNATIONAL SOCA AWARDS
"TELL DEM RAGGA SAY SO"
“Ragga” born Ian Joseph, a native of Trinidad & Tobago, came to New York in 1984 . He first experienced the ambiance of show business at age 7 while performing in school concerts and local competitions, and by age 12, he was performing with some of the top Soca acts in Trinidad & Tobago. At that time his mother, who was a member of the band Shorty and the Brass Circle, one of the best bands in Trinidad, realized his extraordinary talent. So she packed their bags, and headed for New York. Once settled, Ian started attending his mother’s recording sessions and would just naturally start singing along. Soon the leader of the band asked him to join in, and the rest is history. Ever since, Ragga has been on stage here in the United States with many different bands, and have performed with some of the top Caribbean band acts in the [U.S.A]; such as Shaggy, Rupee, Maxi Priest, David Rudder he also sang at Madison square garden Radio city music hall and many other places He was also one of the winners of the Caribbean amateur night at the Apollo theater. His powerful, captivating voice and magnetic stage presence made him one of the many artists that you could always enjoy. In 2004, he got together with Otis Music and wrote the number one hit song called “Right Up In Dey”. It became the top song at Miami Carnival that year.then followed up with miss lady In 2006,which he won best new Groovy Artist” of the year at the International Soca Music Awards.
An avid writer and arranger of his own material, Ragga’s major goal is to get his songs, a cartel of Soca mixed with R&B, and Reggae heard by the music industry and especially the American audiences so they can feel what we in the Caribbean feel. This extremely talented gentleman is destined to become a major part of today’s music scene as he always says “Tell dem Ragga say so!”