Real Name:
John Lashley
Juakali is a Trinidadian-American recording artist, vocalist, lyricist and emcee best known for his collaborations with some of the world's most revolutionary electronic music producers and promoters, including Dub War, Sub Swara, Pinch, Plastician, Raz Mesinai, Tes La Rock and 12th Planet. Juakali is the namesake of the Swahili term for 'fierce sun'. In Kenya, jua kali are the "street doctors", modest people working under blazing sun to bring dead or broken things to life. Jua kali make things move, work and flow; bringing value and integrity to communities.

In 2005, when the now ubiquitous sounds of underground electronic bass music were yet to be discovered by the mainstream, Juakali's signature soulful dreadbass style caught the ears of early pioneers. He was soon holding down the mic as resident emcee for the legendary Dub War NYC, North America's first and premier dubstep event. Juakali brought an "elemental voice" [Mary Anne Hobbs] to the forefront of a worldwide community of artists and fans creating culture, ritual and value around the music now known as dubstep. Heralded early on by zealous media outlets and veterans of the scene as "the voice of North American dubstep", and hailed for his rugged, mesmerizing vocals on Pinch's iconic album Underwater Dancehall, Juakali exhibited the force necessary to help push the musical movement forward.

To longtime fans and collaborators, Juakali's voice is the raw glue bonding the dancer and dj, the cosmic poetry guiding listeners beyond boxes of genre and style into the depths and breadths of sound. Few vocalists or lyricists have been able to deliver the sheer strength and soul required to ride a deep and dark riddim like Juakali. Even fewer have been able to parlay that energy into a successful solo career, recording chart-topping songs and co-headlining gigs around the world with some of the industry's most prolific producers.

While recording his first solo effort in LA in 2010, Juakali developed a more singjay, lyrically-driven introspective style and three of his most popular recordings were born, 'This Life', 'Freak You Back' and 'Tha Chillski'. Expanding his artistry into visual representation, Juakali made his first foray into video with Doctor P's remix of 'Reasons', a track he and 12th Planet made collaboratively. Originally premiering on MTV2, 'Reasons' is recognized as the first dubstep video to break through into the American mainstream. With time on both coasts under this belt, Juakali recently returned to Brooklyn to complete a degree in Architecture. As an ever-evolving artist, Juakali's latest LP, Feathers Too Bright, sees him refining his vocal style while still retaining the soul and spirit of his sound. While his tone, mood and delivery have progressed, Juakali remains a fierce and focused luminary ever endeavoring to push music forward.


none Juakali - Feathers Too Bright album art Juakali Feathers Too Bright(CD, Album) Foreign Familiar none US 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GJSP003 Juakali - Run Babylon / Freedom Dub album art Juakali / Babylon Station feat. Brother Coms Juakali / Babylon Station feat. Brother Coms - Run Babylon / Freedom Dub(7") Gunjah Records GJSP003 Czech Republic 2005 Sell This Version
FF 001 Juakali - 2Finga  album art Juakali 2Finga (12") Www.foreignfamiliar.com FF 001 US 2006 Sell This Version
GJSP005 Juakali - Everyday / New Cycle album art Juakali Everyday / New Cycle(7") Gunjah Records GJSP005 Czech Republic 2007 Sell This Version
GJSP004 Juakali - Selah / Mentality album art Lutan Fyah / Juakali Lutan Fyah / Juakali - Selah / Mentality(7") Gunjah Records GJSP004 Czech Republic 2007 Sell This Version
RAF034 Juakali - Pressure Dem album art Yellowtail Feat. Juakali Yellowtail Feat. Juakali - Pressure Dem(12") Raw Fusion Recordings RAF034 Sweden 2007 Sell This Version
PUR015 Juakali - Fight No More EP album art Sir Larsie I Feat. Jua Kali* Sir Larsie I Feat. Jua Kali* - Fight No More EP(4xFile, WAV, EP) Phoenix Upliftment Records PUR015 Germany 2007
PUR004 Juakali - Hail Up EP album art Sir Larsie I Feat. Miss Lynx, Echo Ranks & Jua Kali* Sir Larsie I Feat. Miss Lynx, Echo Ranks & Jua Kali* - Hail Up EP(4xFile, WAV, EP) Phoenix Upliftment Records PUR004 Germany 2007
EAR006 Juakali - Glory album art Moldy ft. Juakali Moldy ft. Juakali - Glory(12") Earwax (2) EAR006 UK 2008 Sell This Version
FF02 Juakali - Breakground  album art Juakali Breakground (CD, EP) Foreign Familiar, Gunjah Records FF02 US 2008 Sell This Version
Juakali - Come From Yard album art Juakali Come From Yard (EP) Foreign Familiar US 2009 Sell This Version
FF04 Juakali - Smoke Clears EP album art Juakali Smoke Clears EP(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Foreign Familiar FF04 US 2010
UFD10-02 Juakali - Run Babylonian / Long Time Badman album art Jah Free / Juakali meets Syncro Jah Free / Juakali meets Syncro - Run Babylonian / Long Time Badman(10") United Forces Of Dub UFD10-02 Czech Republic 2010 Sell This Version
FF05 Juakali - Freak You Back album art Juakali Freak You Back(File, MP3, EP) Foreign Familiar FF05 US 2011


KAP008 Juakali - Gunshot Riddim album art Kush Arora, Mega Banton, Juakali, MC Zulu Kush Arora, Mega Banton, Juakali, MC Zulu - Gunshot Riddim(File) Kush Arora Productions KAP008 US 2011
SPRR003 Juakali - Mission album art Memory9 Feat. Juakali Memory9 Feat. Juakali - Mission(7xFile, WAV) Skanky Panky Records SPRR003 UK, Europe & US 2011
FF06 Juakali - DreadBass Soundsystem album art Juakali DreadBass Soundsystem(10xFile, WAV) Foreign Familiar FF06 UK, Europe & US 2011

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