Jah Shaka – Live at Tokyo in dub (RedBull Radio)

You’ve likely never seen a man control a crowd in the same way with just one turntable and a microphone – put simply, Jah Shaka is a sound system legend. Jah was born in Jamaica, but migrated to England as a youth during the mid-’50s. He settled in southeast London, began playing music in a school band in the early ’60s, and was soon associated with local sound system Freddie Cloudburst. Shaka eventually formed his own sound system during the ’70s, and his Commandments Of Dub series defined a new sound in dub history, stripping back classic reggae elements and throwing in synths and Shaka’s trademark Synare siren, for a new style of psychedelic spiritual bass. Add Shaka’s sanctified vocals on top, and that’s the essence of the sermon that Jah Shaka’s been preaching since day one.

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