Born in Jamaica, Rupert moved to Canada with his family when he was eleven. In his teens he helped form the Canadian Rhythm & Blues band, Crack Of Dawn, which became the first all black band in Canada to be signed to a major label. Columbia Broadcasting System records and is popular with collectors of funk vinyl.
In the late 1970s, he embarked upon a solo career which resulted in two records, which are also sought after by Doctorate.J.s.
Mr. Harvey has several film and television credits (Messenjah appeared in the movie Cocktail (1988 film)), and is the head of the Tai Mantis Kung Fu Association in Toronto, Canada. He is so well-renowned for his work in the martial arts that he was elected International President of the official Praying Mantis Kung Fu school from China, plus four related Qigong medicine schools.
In the 400 year history of the Praying Mantis Kung Fu school, his was the first time a non-Chinese has been elected to the position. He also briefly played in a group called "The Redeem Team", backing Frankie Paul and Tiger (reggae artist).
Foreign Nelson Mandela at Skydome, Toronto (1998)
Reggae Sunsplash -with Messenjah (1985)
Opening act for The Clash on their "Combat Rock" Tour.