About Nkula



Formed in early 2017, Nkula is a roots reggae band based in the Washington, D.C. that delivers a message of love and unity to an upbeat roots sound.

Nkula is led by “Ras Abel” Mekonnen who hails from Ethiopia, and brings more than 20 years of professional music experience to the group. To complement their original music, the band also pays tribute to a select group of reggae artists including Garnett Silk, the Congos, the Roots Raddics, and Bob Marley & the Wailers.

Band Members
Vocals - Ras Abel Mekonnen
Vocals - Fern Gray
Drums - Fred James
Bass - Anteneh Sergawe
Lead Guitar - Raul Flores
Lead Guitar - Nick Gold
Rhythm Guitar - Evan Papp
Keyboards - Ryan Tramonte
Percussion - Max Sagastizado
Trumpet - Ralph Burrows
Saxophone- Andrew Samson