Santos' island childhood was filled with the sounds of Jamaican reggae music, and the Creole songs born of Cape Verde’s struggle for independence from Portugal. He began teaching himself percussion and guitar to play traditional Cape Verdean music, and later reggae. All around him African nations were rising up to claim their independence from colonial powers, and his music became infused with the energy of this call for freedom and justice. When Cape Verde achieved it’s political independence in 1975, Ras Moon was 9 years old, and that fight for freedom has remained an essential part of the music he makes today.
In 1992, Ras Moon began his musical career in the USA as a vocalist and keyboardist in African Roots Reggae band, Black Rebels. After two albums and years of touring with the band in the USA, Africa, and Europe, he embarked on his own solo career. His first alum, 1998’s Uhuru Na Ujama (Freedom and Self-Reliance), is a unique blend of Reggae, Creole and African rhythms. Uhuru Na Ujama was haled as a critical album that communicates a spiritual, universal message of peace and positivity in multiple languages. He has performed with many talented musicians in several Reggae Festivals including the Charlemont Reggae Festival, New England Reggae Festival, and Portugal’s Festival das Comunidades.
Ras Moon has worked closely with many community groups and schools to provide cultural and educational programming, youth percussion workshops, as well as performances for various causes. Ras Moon has been honored to be part of event programming for Black History Month, the International Day of Peace, and World Aids Day. Ras Moon dedicates much of his time to writing, creating, and teaching.
More recently, Ras Moon has performed solo and with his bands Monsoon and Cape Verdean Crew. He is currently keyboardist for Massachusetts-based reggae band Tuff Riddim International.