Kwasi Bonsu, Esq.
Kwasi Bonsu, Esq., is an entertainment attorney, licensed in the District of Columbia and Maryland since 2004. Kwasi provides comprehensive knowledge on a variety of entertainment related topics and interprets contracts that creatives can understand and negotiates for the best interest of his clients. As an entertainment attorney Kwasi provides clients with a legal roadmap for their profession and is a valuable resource to any creative legal team.
Kwasi Bonsu is founder and CEO of the Jamaica Music Conference (JMC), convenor and trustee of the Association of Ras Tafari Creatives (ARC). Through these initiatives Mr. Bonsu has curated an extensive network of creative industry professionals that allows him to stay current with the latest trends in the creative and entertainment industries.
Clients include independent record labels, artists, producers and music industry professionals. Past clients include Haile Gerima, Dutty Bookman, Wally Kings Entertainment, Third World Book, and Tru Money Musiq.
"I want to focus on relationships. The relationship between the Black man and the Black woman must be repaired as the foundation to our healing as a people, and our rising as a nation. My music is a gateway to the teachings and example of His Imperial Majesty (H.I.M.) Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen” .
Dejazmatch Kwasi has committed himself to message music. His deep and powerful voice is instantly recognizable in a musical landscape where deep voices are few and far between. Dejazmatch Kwasi is versed in Dancehall, Reggae, and his own fusion he refers to as “Roots Hip Hop”. In the realm of Hip Hop, Dejazmatch Kwasi considers himself part of the “First Coast” movement, a term coined by the Jamaica-based Hip Hop group, The Council, which champions Jamaica’s indigenous Hip Hop style. The First Coast sound was pioneered by Hip Hop artists such as Michie Mee and Special Ed. Dejazmatch Kwasi goes further and refers to his effortless fusion of Reggae, Dancehall and acknowledges his style is inspired by Buju Banton, Bounty Killa, KRS-1, Busta Rhymes, Killa Priest, Capleton and Sizzla among other musical legends.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Hospital
Raised in Toronto, Canada
Currently residing in Washington, DC with his wife and two children
Proud Howard University alumnus (undergraduate and School of Law)
In 2021 Kwasi Bonsu will release his first published work, Haile Selassie I’s Ethiopia: The Rise of the Priestly Warrior Kings, Volume I. The work features a forward from Crown Council president, His Majesty’s grandson, His Imperial Highness (H.I.H) Prince Ermias and Ethiopian author and former president of Haile Selassie University, Dr. Akililu Habte. The work is the product of years of research and study and will be the first in a seven (7) part series chronicling Ethiopia during the reign of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen.
Kwasi is currently working on a fiction novel set in the latter days of modern Babylon that incorporates Ethiopian, African historical, spiritual, and mythological characters.
Kwasi believes in action over talk, hence he coined the term “Actionist'' to encompass both his charitable and entrepreneurial endeavors. Support for Kwasi is support for his mission. His mission is to uplift the Ras Tafari nation and the people of the African continent and fulfill the Ras Tafari creed that the Hungry be fed, naked clothes, sick nourished, age protected, infants cared for and ignorant instructed.
To put action to the mission, Kwasi has been a founding or action member of many non-profit’s and for-profit initiatives that include but are not limited to the following:
I-niversal Development of Ras Tafari (IDOR)
Founding Member; Board Member
Transforming the teachings of Haile Selassie 1st into practical work & service for the hungry to be fed, the sick nourished & healed, the aged protected, the infants cared for & the ignorant educated.
Helping Africa by Establishing Schools at Home and Abroad (HABESHA), Inc.
Board Member; Former Board Chair
HABESHA, Inc. is a Pan-African organization that cultivates leadership in youth through practical experiences in cultural education, sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, holistic health, and technology.
Haile Selassie Foundation for Law and Society (HSFLS)
Founding Member, Board Member
A collective of Ras Tafari attorneys working together to provide legal resources for the global Ras Tafari family.
National Bar Association’s Crump Law Camp
Teaching Associate; 13 years of continued service
The National Bar Association Crump Law Camp, an annual summer intensive, was established to provide students entering the 9th through 11th grades (ages 14 to 17) with an introduction to the American judicial system.
By providing incentive, motivation and direction to aspiring law students of color, the National Bar Association Crump Law Camp helps prepare the nation’s future lawyers, judges and protectors of the judicial system.
Jamaica Music Conference (JMC)
Founder and CEO
Jamaica Music Conference(JMC) is a music and entertainment industry business educational conference that connects creatives in Jamaica and abroad with their peers and industry leaders. The JMC platform helps connect Independent Music Entrepreneur’s (IME) to the resources necessary to sustain and grow a thriving Jamaican music industry ecosystem.
Association of RasTafari Creatives (ARC)
Convenor and Founding Board Trustee
Association of RasTafari Creatives (ARC) is an association of RasTafari creatives that facilitate funding and public relations support for projects and programs that are in line with the vision of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I concerning Africans at home and abroad.
Haile Bonsu Unlimited (HBU)
Co-Founder and CEO
A pan-african multimedia company designed to educate, inspire, and uplift people of African descent.