These clips are fucking wild. I'd seen the cup dance one before but a terrible copy. Mad to hear his voice.it's taken me a while to process this news
there is a tune or two I wanted to post as a sort of tribute, but youtube, mixcloud, and soundcloud fail, and I'm too lazy to "rip" them myself
so here is one of my favourite Shaka clips, where he goes wild on the H & H echo, overdubbing The Twinkle Brothers in front of an audience who were there to see "someone else" at some odd showcase event, not his usual habitat
Jah Shaka - H & H Echo Style 1989
^ this is fucking wild! Shaka was once known as a "madman sound"
while I'm at it, here's a clip from the "Sound Business" documentary where the young lads show us how to dance, recorded at a "cup dance" - this is more for the moves than the music
Shaka in the dance - 1979
here's the 3 hour version of the 1986 dance at Arklow Road
Jah Shaka - Arklow Road 1986
this was Shaka at his lowest point of popularity, most Sound System had embraced slackness, very poor attendance at the Shaka dances, I've seen video of one from this period where two dreadlocks are stepping in an otherwise empty community centre, but he stuck to his guns and became a legend
he mellowed out in the 90s as the white crusties paid the bils
Jah Shaka - The Rocket 1989 ( ? )
^ this is from the Visions VHS tape which is one of the only reasons that I still own a VHS player - this is an awful quality rip, but to be honest the VHS isn't that much better... but there is more than one dead person on this video but at least they are captured on tape for posterity.. we used to laugh when we spotted "x" in the video but now I frown... anyway, Shaka is on fire, H & H echo action, chanting, an "all roads lead to" announcement, everything pushed into the "red"... I spent years tracking down this tune and when I got it..well, let's just say Shaka was an alchemist
sometimes in the 90s his Sound system was stolen leading to a bit of a hiatus
but I did catch him on his one visit to Manchester, feel proud to say he told me to fuck off out of the way ( actually it was a nod and a subtle head movement indicating that we were standing in the exact spot he intended to place a stack of speakers while he was "stringing up the sound" )
and then he became a global ambassador - here's another favourite clip of him bringing reggae to the land of the rising sun - Ninja Style!
Shaka - Japan
badder than dem ninja!
it also took me a few years to acquire this tune ( Earl 16 - Natural Roots ) although there are a few versions and I bought the "not so good" one before finding the version Shaka is playing in this clip
one tune that is on youtube that I've posted before but... it's an example of why certain tunes were known on reggae bore forums as "Shaka Killers"
Max Romeo - Melt Away ( Shaka Music )
R.I.P, a legend
Is it true nobody knew what his "real" name was?