Who is Haile Maskel?

Haile Maskel reggae artist
Born Michael George Ashley in Kingston, Jamaica in 1952, Haile Maskel is the first son of 12 to Nathaniel James Ashley and Enid Morris. Maskel grew up in a musical family, whose mother’s side sang hymns at their church in Saint Elizabeth, and later lived with his father in Kingston where he attended the Jamaica School of Music and joined the ranks of Cedric Im Brooks, Nambo Robinson, and Dean Fraser.

Maskel started Light of Saba along with Cedric Im Brooks, and wrote so many great songs such as “Words of Wisdom,” “Lamb’s Bread Collie”, and “Sabayindeh” which later came to be known as The Rastafarians theme (composed in Cuba). Maskel later became part of the Sons of Negus with Ras Michael and traveled to America to lay roots, which eventually brought him to California to join Santa Cruz-based reggae band The Rastafarians. The band had a solid 4 years together, all while Maskel continued to work on his solo music career.

Today this humble talent lives in Orange County, California, with his wife and two youngest children, and continues to take his music to all levels, writing songs in other genres; not just reggae. Maskel most recently performed at the first annual African American Caribbean Family Day Festival in Leimert Park, and continues to be a presence in the community in Los Angeles.

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