Rabbie Nassrallah, aka Nasseman, hails from Liberia on the West African coast. Born in 1979 to a Lebanese father and Liberian mother, Rabbie grew up in Liberia's bustling capital, Monrovia. As a young man, he witnessed the devastation of Liberia's 1989 - 2003 civil war, a period which helped to shape his strong sense of social justice.

Rabbie began performing when he was eleven, and rose to prominence in 2005 with the hit "Till We Meet Again", written in memory of his mentor Ras Katata. He has spent the intervening years honing his talent, and is now an accomplished songwriter, penning lyrics for Liberia's hip-hop, R&B and gospel artists. The reggae songs he writes for himself are influenced by Bob Marley, Nasio Fontaine, Buju Bonton and Sizzla Kalonji. He mainly focuses on social ills, raising awareness among his fellow Liberians about how their society could be. Demonstrating his commitment to supporting his community, Rabbie served as a HIV/Aids Ambassador in 2010. While Rabbie sees his music as a vehicle for change, he can also cut loose; his albums feature love ballads and club hits.

As one of Liberia's most popular performers, Rabbie was a headliner for President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's 2006 inauguration and opened for international star Akon when he visited Liberia. He has also opened for or collaborated with top regional artists, including Nigeria's 2Face Idibia and Black Face, Sierra Leone's Emerson and Ghana's V. I. P. Boys, Ofori Amponsah and Castro.
LIBERIA — PUBLIE LE 24.07.2014
?Bonkey' is a term in Liberian pidgin English for a corrupt individual. This video shows several scenes of struggling, everyday Liberian citizens who are adversely impacted by corruption in society. The hook shows the artist writing the track in a dilapidated house, composing lyrics with only a lantern to illuminate the darkness. Each verse identifies different economic challenges common to many Liberians and the video projects the different ways that this corruption destroys the country. For example, one verse shows laborers who are working hard but inadequately paid for their work. Another shows a young woman who was fired because she refused to sleep with her boss. Yet another shows a church exploiting its members in the name of so-called wonders and miracles. There is also footage of a massive heap of trash in a slum, with small children playing on it. This shows the breakdown of family structures as a result of corruption as well as the government's inability to provide municipal services and economic opportunities for the people. Today Liberia is in the midst of an Ebola epidemic, which can be in part attributed to these failings of governance.

?Bonkey' vividly shows the pain that society collectively feels as a result of corruption and is a call to action for reform and transparency at all levels. Through critical exposes like ?Bonkey', musicians in Liberia and elsewhere can make individuals feel accountable for their actions and improve the livelihoods of all.

  • egulan
    The greatest of all time.
  • John mckor
    Good job my brother keep it up
  • samuel gbason
    that is what we are talking about in LIBERIA. you got it ....
  • Larry Chris
    Go on bro
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