Jah Shaka’s Soundsystem proves a rare gem for BASS Festival 2010

Jah Shaka

A groundbreaking leader in the dancehall and dub genres, reggae legend Jah Shaka is bringing his infamous sound system to Birmingham’s The Rainbow Warehouse on Friday 25 June as a part of BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds).

A rare visit from Jah Shaka’s notorious reggae soundsystem will bring dub-plates, thunderous bass and the trademark single deck to the city as part of the month-long festival. There is worldwide demand for Jah Shaka’s unique sound system, making Birmingham the lucky host of what could be the roots event of the summer.

Having learned his musical trade under Freddie Cloudburst soundsystem in the 1970s, Jah Shaka has been on a non-stop journey with British reggae. Over the decades, not only has he entertained thousands of revellers but, believing that music can genuinely communicate with audiences, Jah Shaka has developed his sound system as a means of promoting messages surrounding the black struggle. Tracing his musical DNA to its roots, he actively works with projects in Jamaica, Ethiopia and Ghana.

Ammo Talwar, Director of Punch Records said:
“Whilst inspiring generations of musicians, Jah Shaka has always stayed true to his roots and so is the perfect figure head for our DNA theme. He is a treasure of black culture and we are very honoured to have him on the BASS Festival line-up. This really is a treat not to be missed.”

Taking place for the fifth consecutive year, BASS Festival is the UK’s only month-long celebration of Black music and art. Organised by Punch Records. this year’s programme will see a range of music and arts events in venues across Birmingham. The 2010 theme is DNA, looking at both personal DNA and the heritage of music.

Jah Shaka Sound System is on Friday 25 June 2010 from 10pm til 4am at The Rainbow Warehouse. Tickets cost £14. For more information on BASS Festival and line-up announcements visit www.bassfestival.co.uk.

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