Jah Shaka

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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Jah Shaka Discography Tracks

Albums

Jah Shaka Versus Fatman* Jah Shaka Versus Fatman* - In A Dub Conference (Album) Live And Love UK 1980 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub 1 (Album) Jah Shaka Music UK 1982 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Revelation Songs (Album) Jah Shaka Music UK 1983 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Brimstone & Fire (Album) Jah Shaka Music UK 1983 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Kings Music Jah Shaka Music UK 1984 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub Chapter 2 (Album) Jah Shaka Music UK 1984 Sell This Version
Norman Grant & Twinkle Brothers & Jah Shaka Norman Grant & Twinkle Brothers & Jah Shaka - The Right Way (Album) Jah Shaka Music UK 1984 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Lion's Share Of Dub (Commandments Of Dub Part 3) Jah Shaka Music UK 1984 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Meets Mad Professor Jah Shaka Meets Mad Professor - At Ariwa Sounds (Album) Ariwa, Jah Shaka Music UK 1984 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Meets Aswad Jah Shaka Meets Aswad - In Addis Ababa Studio (Album) Jah Shaka Music UK 1985 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub 4 - Dub Almighty Jah Shaka Music UK 1985 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Meets Pepper* Jah Shaka Meets Pepper* - In Addis Ababa Studio's (Album) Jah Shaka Music UK 1985 Sell This Version
SHAKA 856 Jah Shaka Jah Dub Creator (Commandments Of Dub Part 5)(LP) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 856 UK 1985 Sell This Version
SHAKA 867 Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub Chapter 7 - Warrior(LP, Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 867 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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 Jah Shaka Music UK 1987 Sell This Version
SHAKA 860 Jah Shaka & The Disciples (2) Jah Shaka & The Disciples (2) - Commandments Of Dub Chapter 6 - Deliverance(LP) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 860 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub Chapter 8 - Imperial Dub Jah Shaka Music UK 1988 Sell This Version
SHAKA 777 Jah Shaka The Music Message(LP, Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 777 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub Chapter 9 - Coronation Dub (Album) Jah Shaka Music UK 1989 Sell This Version
SHAKA 873 Jah Shaka My Prayer(LP, Album) Jah Shaka Music SHAKA 873 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Dub Symphony (Album) Mango US 1990 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka Commandments Of Dub Chapter 10 - Africa Drum Beats (Album) Jah Shaka Music UK 1991 Sell This Version
Twinkle Brothers Meets Jah Shaka Twinkle Brothers Meets Jah Shaka - Rasta Surface (Album) Jah Shaka Music UK 1991 Sell This Version
OMLP 021 Jah Shaka & The Revolutionaries Jah Shaka & The Revolutionaries - Sensi Dub Vol 5(LP, Album) Original Music OMLP 021 UK 1991 Sell This Version
Jah Shaka New Testaments Of Dub Pt. 1 (Album) Jah Shaka Music UK 1992 Sell This Version