Until the arrival of the Rasites, UK reggae hadn’t witnessed the emergence of a young band of musicians intent upon writing and playing thier own material, The Rasites are comprised with Four main members
Jahmel (Talliss Ites) Ellison- Bass Guitar & Lead Vocals, Kashta (Kash Ites) Tafari- Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals, Cyrus Ricahard- Keyboard & Otis Cox- Drums
Forming the RasItes in 1996 the original line up remains as tightly knited as ever. They entered the Sunsplash Selector competition held at the Hackney Empire in 1998 when Jahmel was fifteen and Otis only thirteen. They were the only live band in the competition and won the first place prize, which was a trip to Jamaica to perform on Reggea Sunsplash.
By the summer of 1999 they was signed to Jet star and working on various tracks. Jah Love, from the compilation Reality Calling Vol 1, was the first then Highgrade took the peoples ears by a storm on a 7 inch release by Jet Star.
The Live Music seen has Embraced RasItes with Open Arms. The RasItes Band and the Individual members constantly being requested by Reggae music Superstars. In 2007 the RasItes Joined Grammy Award winning Reggae Super group “Black Uhuru”(Featuring original members “Ducky Simpson” & Mykal Rose”) on a 6 week tour around Europe and UK.