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william_kent

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Can anyone point me in the direction of some well recorded shaka live sets? I'm interested in the ones where he's freestyling/speaking over with lessons if anyone knows any of them

A lot of Shaka tapes are not well recorded! People would take a tape recorder into the dance and most equipment can't handle the weight of the bass...there'll be distortion, the walls are rattling, etc., however, there were a series of about 4 tapes that the Shaka Foundation put out in the early 90s that were well recorded - they all have a variation on the same cover art, so if you ever see a tape with a cover like this then it's probably worth listening to:

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"London 1990" pictured above is good, as is this one:

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william_kent

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This is the only professionally filmed long footage of Shaka in the 1980s - this is great but you really have to turn up the volume


Jah Shaka Sound System - Arklow Road 1986
 

william_kent

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Shaka in full H&H echo mode - I love the bit where he's told to fuck off the stage "by order of management" - short but sweet


Shaka - H&H Echo Mode! 1989
 

catalog

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Nice one thanks for those, will check em out.

Yeah that's the issue I've found in general, poor recordings.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
Maybe it's just like when you love eating a particular food for a while, eat too much of it, and totally go off it, associating the food itself with boredom.

A film accretes around your ears, you can't hear the intricacies of the music, only the template you've become bored of.
I was really clever back in 2019.

I was exercising a lot at the time and on a diet. Also I had like 3 holidays in a row.

The best year ever.
 

william_kent

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Another Shaka tape from the early 90s - I'm sure this is the B-side to the "London 91"tape I used to own, it's the same tunes, in the same order, with the same pause about 12 minutes in.. but if anyone can tell me the name of the tune at about 12:40 I'd be grateful..


Jah Shaka Sound System - "London 4th April 1992"
 

catalog

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Can't help you with that but this

This is the only professionally filmed long footage of Shaka in the 1980s - this is great but you really have to turn up the volume


Jah Shaka Sound System - Arklow Road 1986

Is exactly what I was looking for, got it on now
 

john eden

male pale and stale
Another Shaka tape from the early 90s - I'm sure this is the B-side to the "London 91"tape I used to own, it's the same tunes, in the same order, with the same pause about 12 minutes in.. but if anyone can tell me the name of the tune at about 12:40 I'd be grateful..


Jah Shaka Sound System - "London 4th April 1992"
Hi William - that's a nice tune and very unusual for Shaka with the breakbeat. Someone out there will know but not me!
 

william_kent

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Hi William - that's a nice tune and very unusual for Shaka with the breakbeat. Someone out there will know but not me!

The trouble with identifying tunes off Shaka tapes is that it can take years to track them down..and then they don't sound as good as when he plays them!

It took me years to identify this tune at 47 minutes into the Visions video - Shaka is in full effect, praising Jah chants, H&H tape echo being abused, bass overdriven, siren blasting, transforming the original into something resembling worth hunting down...

( I've timestamped it so you just hit play and witness the power of Shaka)


and then when I found it, it sounded like this...although of course Shaka is playing a dub plate version...


On Acid Jazz of all labels...
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Just realised that a stoner has never pointed out to me that DUB backwards is BUD and that don't seem right
Aha, a hitherto unknown link between dub and the world´s shittest lager, who knew?

Can anyone point me in the direction of some well recorded shaka live sets?
In the film Babylon there is a wicked scene where they go to a party and selector is Shaka. The music sounds wicked, but, as William Kent pointed out above, if you hear the original then it's nowhere near as good cos in the film he's obviously fucked with it and added some sirens etc Anyway, by far the best way to check it out is this amazing mix of loads of soundtracks that I found somewhere hidden deep inside the internet.

 
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john eden

male pale and stale
@william_kent that's amazing - a masterclass in the "Shaka Factor". Cannot be simulated at home...

I only go every 5 years or so now, but am hankering for that first North London session when things open up again.

I see Teachings In Dub in Bristol are doing an Iration Steppas session - but with tables/seating. WTF. Big up Stryda but how on earth will that work?
 

catalog

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in 2015, i got into this tune off a dean blunt mixtape, it's entirely someone talking about a spiritual experience at a shaka night. so i transcribed it and drew a picture, tweeted it. and jah shaka official facebook page reposted it. looks kinda guff now... very poor drawing, but was nice of them


this is the db tune:

 
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