Zambo Buchanan aka TAFARI (whose name means “Fearless One”) was born in Kingston Jamaica to mother Joan Porteous and legendary Reggae artist Big Youth. His father is touted as one of the pioneers of the ‘dance hall’ style of reggae and consequently as one of the founding fathers of hip-hop. “Inspired by a musical father, it is only right for a son to follow tradition.” Tafari describes life and music as a balance hand in hand. “As the boy becomes a man the musical growth and inspiration heightens. I transcended from a reggae rapper to Tafari the Artist who is inspired by great artists of many genres such as Tupac, Sade, Stevie Wonder, Big Youth, Marvin Gaye, Dennis Brown, Jay Z, and Bob Marley”
Braving criticisms and living up to his powerful birth name “fearless one” Tafari has branded himself as one of the few Soul/Hip-Hop/Reggae artists in an industry reluctant to experiment with the genre of reggae. He has teamed with producers Noah Mason and Brett ‘Beats’ Bailey to create a sound that fuses it all together, further laying stake to his “own” sound. Tafari’s stage show experience is expansive as he has toured the world with his father Big Youth, appearing on gigs all across the United States, UK, Europe, and South America In the past three years Tafari has released two albums,’Rud3 Lov3’ followed by ‘Desire Fulfilled’. Both albums topped the Itunes reggae album charts and ‘Desire Fulfilled debut at #9 on the Reggae Billboard charts He also scored two songs placed in academy award nominated Director/Producer John Singleton’s film “Illegal Tender”. Tafari is a star! However, he is not one to wait around for the right situation to come to him. Tafari has taken his career in his hands, formed his own team and established his own Independent label, Rud3 Music Recordings. Together they have created a brand from various genres of music and are poised to make Rud3 an indie to be reckoned with in the future. This newfound independence has breathed new life into Tafari and his music giving him the free mind and spirit to make music that feels good in the conscious and subconscious state.