Jah Shaka

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"Legendary" is a term bandied around much by the music press, but those who have witnessed the strength of Jah Shaka's sound system are quick with the description. Having served under seminal sound man Freddie Cloudburst, Shaka picked up the mantle in the late '70s -- broadcasting his message-heavy dub through the intricately carved speaker boxes of his own sound -- the stream of music broken only by his Rasta invocations or call of the occasional title from behind the single turntable. Having picked up any number of accolades through the years and amassed a vast back catalog of recordings, Shaka is widely regarded as one of the premier (and often loudest) systems in the U.K. Of course, this album for Blow can't compete with speaker-booming, chest-rattling live experiences, but an hour of sublime dubs, recorded in Jamaica with longtime associates Fire House Crew, certainly captures the spirit of a man who continues to contribute much to sound system culture.

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