Juakali

Real Name:
John Lashley
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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.
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Albums

none Feathers Too Bright — Juakali Juakali Feathers Too Bright(CD, Album) Foreign Familiar none US 2012 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

GJSP003 Run Babylon / Freedom Dub — Juakali 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
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none Run Babylon — Juakali Juakali Run Babylon(CDr, Single, Promo) Not On Label none 2005 Sell This Version
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FF 001 2Finga  — Juakali Juakali 2Finga (12") Foreign Familiar FF 001 US 2006 Sell This Version
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GJSP005 Everyday / New Cycle — Juakali Juakali Everyday / New Cycle(7") Gunjah Records GJSP005 Czech Republic 2007 Sell This Version
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GJSP004 Selah / Mentality — Juakali Lutan Fyah / Juakali Lutan Fyah / Juakali - Selah / Mentality(7") Gunjah Records GJSP004 Czech Republic 2007 Sell This Version
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RAF034 Pressure Dem — Juakali Yellowtail Feat. Juakali Yellowtail Feat. Juakali - Pressure Dem(12") Raw Fusion Recordings RAF034 Sweden 2007 Sell This Version
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PUR015 Fight No More EP — Juakali 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
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PUR004 Hail Up EP — Juakali 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
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EAR006 Glory — Juakali Moldy ft. Juakali Moldy ft. Juakali - Glory Earwax (2) EAR006 UK 2008 Sell This Version
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RUSLP 8108 Den Of Drumz — Juakali Kode 9* vs. Badawi / Badawi vs. Juakali Kode 9* vs. Badawi / Badawi vs. Juakali - Den Of Drumz(12") ROIR RUSLP 8108 US 2008 Sell This Version
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FF02 Breakground  — Juakali Juakali Breakground (CD, EP) Foreign Familiar, Gunjah Records FF02 US 2008 Sell This Version
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FF03 Come From Yard — Juakali Juakali Come From Yard (EP) Foreign Familiar FF03 US 2009 Sell This Version
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FF04 Smoke Clears — Juakali Juakali Smoke Clears(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Foreign Familiar FF04 US 2010
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UFD10-02 Run Babylonian / Long Time Badman — Juakali 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
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FF05 Freak You Back — Juakali Juakali Freak You Back(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Foreign Familiar FF05 US 2011
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none Ras Kayleb, Juakali Ras Kayleb, Juakali - Dreadda / Dreadda Dub - Lathe Cut(10", S/Edition, TP) Channel One Sound System none UK & Ireland 2022 Sell This Version
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Videos

GJSP002 / GSP003 Run Babylon Riddim Ep - Promo Version — Juakali Juakali, Lutan Fyah Juakali, Lutan Fyah - Run Babylon Riddim Ep - Promo Version(VCD, Advance, TP) Gunjah Records GJSP002 / GSP003 Czech Republic & Slovakia 2005 Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

SPRR003 Mission — Juakali Memory9 Feat. Juakali Memory9 Feat. Juakali - Mission(7xFile, WAV) Skanky Panky Records SPRR003 UK, Europe & US 2011
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FF06 DreadBass Soundsystem — Juakali Juakali DreadBass Soundsystem(10xFile, WAV) Foreign Familiar FF06 UK, Europe & US 2011