Jah Shaka has been operating a London-based roots reggae soundsystem since the early 1970s. His name is an amalgamation of the rastafarian term for God and that of a zulu warrior.
He started out on the Freddie Cloudburst soundsystem, before setting up his own.
Shaka is perhaps best known for sticking to his rastafarian beliefs in the 1980s whilst other soundsystems followed the Jamaican trend towards playing “slack” dancehall music. His refusal to compromise inspired a host of new UK reggae artists and soundsystems such as Eastern Sher, The Disciples, Iration Steppas, Jah Warrior, Conscious Sounds, The Rootsman and Aba shanti-I. Non-reggae artists such as Basement Jaxx have also cited Jah Shaka as an influence during interviews.
On his own record label he has released music from Jamaican artists such as Max Romeo, Johnny Clarke, Bim Sherman and Prince Alla as well as UK groups such as Aswad and Dread & Fred. He has released a number of dub albums, often under the Commandments of Dub banner.
Jah Shaka is without a doubt a reggae and roots legend and we look forward to welcoming him back to the shores of Istria for Outlook 2014.