Jah Shaka

Also known as 'Shacka', I. Shaka, Jahshaka, Shacka, Shaka
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.jahshakasoundsystem.com/, http://shaka.reggaeclub.org/, http://www.jahwarrior.com/jahshaka.html

Discography of Jah Shaka:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 At Ariwa Sounds 10 Audio 1984 Ariwa
2 Can't Hurt Jah Children 2 Audio 1997 Jah Shaka Music
3 Dub Salute 3 10 Audio 1994 Jah Shaka Music
4 Dub Salute 2 10 Audio 1994 Jah Shaka Music
5 New Decade Of Dub 11 Audio 1996 Ariwa
6 Dub Salute 1 10 Audio 1994 Jah Shaka Music
7 In Addis Ababa Studio 7 Audio 1991 Jah Shaka Music
8 Sensi Dub Vol 5 8 Audio 1991 Original Music
9 In The Ghetto 10 Audio 1993 Jah Shaka Music
10 Commandments Of Dub 1 10 Audio 1988 Jah Shaka Music
11 Commandments Of Dub Chapter 2 9 Audio 1984 Jah Shaka Music
12 Commandments Of Dub 4 - Dub Almighty 10 Audio 1985 Jah Shaka Music
13 Commandments Of Dub 6 - Deliverance 10 Audio 1987 Jah Shaka Music
14 Commandments Of Dub 8 - Imperial Dub 10 Audio 1988 Jah Shaka Music
15 Africa Drum Beats - Commandments Of Dub 10 9 Audio 1991 Jah Shaka Music
16 Dub Salute 2 10 Audio 1994 Jah Shaka Music
17 The Music Message 10 Audio 1988 Jah Shaka Music
18 Far-I Ship Dub 11 Audio 1992 Jah Shaka Music
19 Commandments Of Dub 5 - Jah Dub Creator 10 Audio 1985 Jah Shaka Music
20 Commandments Of Dub 7 - Warrior 10 Audio 1986 Jah Shaka Music
21 New Decade Of Dub 11 Audio 1996 Ariwa
22 Commandments Of Dub 1 10 Audio 1982 Jah Shaka Music
23 Revelation Songs 10 Audio 1983 Jah Shaka Music
24 Jah Jah Way 2 Audio 1989 Jah Shaka Music
25 Rosie 2 Audio 1989 Jah Shaka Music
26 Revelation 18 2 Audio 1982 Jah Shaka Music
27 World Beat 2 Audio 1997 Jah Shaka Music
28 Jah Children 2 Audio 1982 Jah Shaka Music
29 Fly Me Away 2 Audio 1982 Jah Shaka Music
30 New Testaments Of Dub Chapter 2 10 Audio 1993 Jah Shaka Music
31 Dub Salute 1 10 Audio 1994 Jah Shaka Music
32 The Right Way 10 Audio 1984 Jah Shaka Music
33 Warriors 2 Audio 1982 Jah Shaka Music
34 Praises Unto HIM 2 Audio 1997 Jah Shaka Music
35 Jah Works 10 Audio 1987 Jah Shaka Music
36 Dub Symphony 10 Audio 1990 Mango
37 Far-I Ship Dub 10 Audio 1992 Jah Shaka Music
38 Commandments of Dub Part 3 - Lion's Share Of Dub 10 Audio 1984 Jah Shaka Music
39 Jah Shaka Meets Horace Andy 10 Audio 1993 Jah Shaka Music
40 Authentic Dubwise 15 Audio 2002-08-19 Blow
41 Dub Salute 5 8 Audio 1996 Jah Shaka Music
42 Dub Salute 4 10 Audio 1995 Jah Shaka Music
43 Coronation Dub 10 Audio 1989 Jah Shaka Music
44 Commandments Of Dub 10 - Africa Drum Beats 9 Audio 1991 Jah Shaka Music
45 In The Ghetto 10 Audio 1993 Jah Shaka Music
46 Jah Shaka Meets Horace Andy 10 Audio 1993 Jah Shaka Music
47 Presents Dub Masters Volume 1 8 Audio 1989
48 Justice 5 Audio 2005 Black Redemption
49 In Addis Ababa Studio's 10 Audio 1985 Jah Shaka Music
50 Kings Music 10 Audio 1984 Jah Shaka Music


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 [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Disciples,+The+(2)]The Disciples[/url], [a=Jah Warrior] and [a=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, [l=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 [a=Max Romeo], [a=Horace Andy] and [a=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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