Jah Shaka

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Jah Shaka, also known as the Zulu Warrior, is a legendary reggae/dub soundsystem operator and producer. Based in the UK, he has been operating his sound since the mid-1970s. In the 1980s, he was famous for keeping up his roots and culture agenda, while most of the UK soundsystems followed the Jamaican trend for digital dancehall riddims and "slackness" lyrics. While this move placed him outside the reggae mainstream, he aquired a new (white as well as black) following. His fans and musical cooperators, like The Disciples, Jah Warrior and Iration Steppas went on to coin a distinct electronic style of dub nowadays typical for the UK. With his strictly Rastafarian attitude and the dry and heavy sound of his productions, which are (in contrary to most of the more recent UK dub) recorded with live instruments, yet stripped down to the maximum, Jah Shaka is considered the forefather of UK Dub.

On his label, Jah Shaka Music, which has been operating since the early 1980s, he released not only crucial dub albums, like his classical "Commandments of Dub" series, but also various vocal cuts by artists like Max Romeo, Horace Andy and Johnny Clarke.

Jah Shaka still plays on his soundsystem on a regular basis in the UK and from time to time in other countries, finally having recovered after heavy house fire injuries in 2000. His soundsystem gigs are a cultural institution that layed a huge impact not only on the developement of dub, but on English popular music altogether. His sets introduced not only many future apostles of UK dub to roots music, but also influenced mainstream producers like Basement Jaxx.
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LAP 12 Jah Shaka - In A Dub Conference album art Shaka* Vs Fatman* Shaka* Vs Fatman* - In A Dub Conference (Album) Live And Love LAP 12 UK 1980 Sell This Version
LP 824, ROUGH 50 Jah Shaka - Commandments Of Dub album art Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub (Album) Jah Shaka Music LP 824, ROUGH 50 UK 1982 Sell This Version
SHAKA 831 Jah Shaka - Brimstone & Fire album art Jah Shaka Brimstone & Fire (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 831 UK 1983 Sell This Version
SHAKA 833 Jah Shaka - Revelation Songs album art Jah Shaka Revelation Songs (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 833 UK 1983 Sell This Version
SHAKA 846 Jah Shaka - The Right Way album art Norman Grant & Twinkle Brothers & Jah Shaka Norman Grant & Twinkle Brothers & Jah Shaka - The Right Way (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 846 UK 1984 Sell This Version
SHAKA 841 Jah Shaka - Commandments Of Dub Chapter 2 album art Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub Chapter 2 (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 841 UK 1984 Sell This Version
SHAKA 847 Jah Shaka - Lion's Share Of Dub (Commandments Of Dub Part 3) album art Jah Shaka Lion's Share Of Dub (Commandments Of Dub Part 3) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 847 UK 1984 Sell This Version
SALP 001, SALP 84, SLAP 001 Jah Shaka - At Ariwa Sounds album art Jah Shaka Meets Mad Professor Jah Shaka Meets Mad Professor - At Ariwa Sounds (Album) Ariwa, Jah Shaka Music SALP 001, SALP 84, SLAP 001 UK 1984 Sell This Version
SHAKA 845 Jah Shaka - Kings Music album art Jah Shaka Kings Music Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 845 UK 1984 Sell This Version
SHAKA LP 851 Jah Shaka - Commandments Of Dub 4 - Dub Almighty album art Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub 4 - Dub Almighty Jah Shaka Music, Jah Shaka Music SHAKA LP 851 UK 1985 Sell This Version
SHAKA LP850 Jah Shaka - In Addis Ababa Studio album art Jah Shaka Meets Aswad Jah Shaka Meets Aswad - In Addis Ababa Studio (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA LP850 UK 1985 Sell This Version
SHAKA 849 Jah Shaka - In Addis Ababa Studio's album art Jah Shaka Meets Pepper* Jah Shaka Meets Pepper* - In Addis Ababa Studio's (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 849 UK 1985 Sell This Version
SHAKA 856 Jah Shaka - Jah Dub Creator (Commandments Of Dub Part 5) album art Jah Shaka Jah Dub Creator (Commandments Of Dub Part 5) (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 856 UK 1985 Sell This Version
SHAKA 867 Jah Shaka - Warrior (Commandments Of Dub Chapter 7) album art Jah Shaka Warrior (Commandments Of Dub Chapter 7)(LP, Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 867 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SHAKA LP 860 Jah Shaka - Commandments Of Dub Chapter 6 - Deliverance album art Jah Shaka & The Disciples (2) Jah Shaka & The Disciples (2) - Commandments Of Dub Chapter 6 - Deliverance (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA LP 860 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SHAKA 861 Jah Shaka - Jah Works album art Jah Shaka Presents Vivian Jones Featuring The Fasimbas, Jah Shaka All Stars Jah Shaka Presents Vivian Jones Featuring The Fasimbas, Jah Shaka All Stars - Jah Works (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 861 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SHAKA 777 Jah Shaka - The Music Message album art Jah Shaka The Music Message (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 777 UK 1988 Sell This Version
SHAKA 868 Jah Shaka - Commandments Of Dub Chapter 8 - Imperial Dub album art Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub Chapter 8 - Imperial Dub Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 868 UK 1988 Sell This Version
SHAKA LP871 Jah Shaka - The Disciples album art Jah Shaka, The Disciples (2) Jah Shaka, The Disciples (2) - The Disciples (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA LP871 UK 1989 Sell This Version
SHAKA 872 Jah Shaka - Coronation Dub - Commandments Of Dub Chapter 9 album art Jah Shaka Coronation Dub - Commandments Of Dub Chapter 9 (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 872 UK 1989 Sell This Version
SHAKA 873 Jah Shaka - My Prayer album art Jah Shaka My Prayer(LP, Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 873 UK 1989 Sell This Version
539 884-2 Jah Shaka - Dub Symphony album art Jah Shaka Dub Symphony (Album) Mango 539 884-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
SHAKACD 917 Jah Shaka - Rasta Surface album art Twinkle Brothers Meets Jah Shaka Twinkle Brothers Meets Jah Shaka - Rasta Surface (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKACD 917 UK 1991 Sell This Version
SHAKA 916 Jah Shaka - Commandments Of Dub Chapter 10 - Africa Drum Beats album art Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub Chapter 10 - Africa Drum Beats (Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 916 UK 1991 Sell This Version
OMLP 021 Jah Shaka - Sensi Dub Vol 5 album art Jah Shaka & The Revolutionaries Jah Shaka & The Revolutionaries - Sensi Dub Vol 5(LP, Album) Original Music OMLP 021 UK 1991 Sell This Version