The heartbeat of the drums combined with deep bass grooves and a sweet skank guide Nkula‛s listeners to that special place that only reggae-lovers know and adore. But it is the band’s lyrical message of peace, love, and unity that brings true meaning to Nkula’s music. Based in D.C., but with a diverse group of members from around the world, Nkula boasts all the key ingredients of a roots reggae outfit, including a three-piece horn section that breathes life into the group’s original compositions. Nkula is led by “Ras Abel” Mekonnen, an Ethiopian-born singer-songwriter. A gifted vocalist, Ras Abel seems to grow three times his size when he touches the mic, compelling crowds to succumb to the vibe. In its short tenure, Nkula is quickly finding itself on bigger stages having performed at venues such as Wolf Trap, The Lincoln Theatre, Sprint Pavilion and The Freeman Stage, and provided direct support for international acts such as UB40, Shaggy, SOJA, Anthony B, and Steel Pulse.