Official Foundation Reggae: Jah Shaka, Fatman & Sir Coxsone 1993
Jah Shaka, Fatman & Sir Coxsone at the Moonshot Community Centre, New Cross, London on 8 October 1993.Jah ShakaAn enigmatic and highly individual performer on the UK sound system scene, Jah Shaka (his real name remains a mystery) came with his parents to the UK from Jamaica at the age of eight, settling in south-east London. Succumbing to his passion for music, he began his career a few years later in the late 60s, playing in a band and travelling around in an obscure local sound system named Freddie Cloudburst. Inspired spiritually by his interest in Rastafari, and consciously by the American Civil Rights movement (particularly such exponents of black awareness as Angela Davis and George Jackson), he began to assemble the equipment for his own sound, named after the great eighteenth-century Zulu, King Shaka, the ‘Black Napoleon’. From quite modest beginnings in the early 70s, by the end of the decade, Shaka’s sound had become one of the top three in the country, alongside such luminaries as Lloyd Coxsone and the Mighty Fatman, specializing in heavyweight, dubwise steppers material, and exclusive cuts on dubplates. However, whereas these and other sounds usually supported a team of selectors and DJs, Shaka performed all these functions alone, assistance in setting up the sound coming from a team of devoted youths for whom Shaka’s music was almost a way of life. Sir Coxsone In its heyday of the 70s and 80s, Sir Coxsone Sound System retained an insurmountable edge, thanks to the unbeatable tag-team of proprietor Lloydie Coxsone and his star selector, Festus, and an ever-changing crew of supporting members that kept the sound perpetually fresh and innovative. With an endless supply of superior dubplates sourced from top producers in Jamaica, augmented by some of their own productions cut with high-ranking music makers in the UK, Sir Coxsone was undeniably top of Britain’s sound system circuit. Their superior selection and the manner in which they presented it to the public gave Coxsone the kind of credibility that most other sounds were never able to achieve, leading to longstanding residencies at nightclubs in the fashionable West End.FatmanBased in the United Kingdom, Fatman Sound has been playing in reggae dancehalls from the late 60's, a true foundation in the reggae music industry Fatman Sound continues to entertain the reggae masses worldwide. Over the generations, Fatman Sound has become and remained a musical legend playing week in, week out in some of the worlds top reggae venues. The 70's and 80's saw a number of events featuring Fatman Sound System and a host of top reggae artists performing live on the set, including Jack Ruby, Johnny Osborne, Gregory Isaac, Errol Dunkley, Barrington Levy, U Brown & many more. In the sixties Fatman was the selector for a sound called 'Fanso The Tropical Downbeat', playing locally at parties and blues.❤️💛💚Uk's Leading Broadcast Station For #Reggae & #SoundSystem #Culture For more Quality Vibes Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.