Shakka Brings Fresh, Energetic Take to Dub Reggae and Hip-Hop Traditions
Shakka brings a fresh take to the sounds of hip hop and dub reggae, while still remaining true to the real integrity and roots of the music. Shakka has gained international acclaim for his creation of Shakkapellas -- covers of internationally popular songs that are meticulously replicated through distinctive, original beatbox rhythms and harmony dubs and mixes. Shakka tickets provide an opportunity to witness this unique creative process live in concert.
Shakka is currently on an extensive tour of the UK, with dates in cities such as Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle and Manchester, as well as several performances in London. To find out more about Shakka tickets, check online for updated information about venues, performance times and available tickets.
Although the singer's exotic name and distinctive dub reggae sound may hint at island origins, Shakka was actually born in the London suburb of Notting Hill. Nevertheless, his musical roots and inspirations are international, with strong influences from musical giants such as Bob Marley, The Police and Andre 3000.
Shakka, whose real name is Shakka Philip, has created a distinctive voice that crosses genres and encompasses sounds borrowed from dub reggae, hip-hop, indie, garage and Motown styles. Although his initial recording projects gained tremendous acclaim from industry colleagues, Shakka decided to utilise YouTube to reach an international audience.
Since the release of his breakthrough videos in 2011, Shakka has produced a number of chart-topping singles. In addition, he continues to tour extensively throughout the UK, both as a soloist and with groups such as Basement Jaxx and Rudimental. In 2013, Shakka won two MOBO awards (for Best Newcomer and Best Song), and performed as part of the MTV Top 20 Unsigned List tour.
Shakka's first real breakthrough came with his second full-length recording project, "The Shakka Crown Affair." This 18-track recording was a mix of borrowed beats and instrumentals from a number of other famous artists, and was widely acclaimed by musical colleagues such as Etta Bond, Daley and Wretch 32.
After the album's release, Shakka began making a series of YouTube videos, using harmony and beatbox mashups which he dubbed "The Shakkapellas." These videos turned him into an international sensation, attracting more than a million views from around the world.
In 2009, Shakka released Foolishness, a six-track album featuring early original material by the singer. Shakka's most popular album to date, The Shakka Crown Affair (2011), featured a mix of beats and instrumentals borrowed from Lil Wayne, Coldplay and other artists. It garnered major attention and international airplay for the singer. His debut single, "Sooner or Later," (2012), received airplay throughout Great Britain and was named "Jam Hot Record of the Week" by popular Radio 1xtra personality MistaJam. In 2013, Shakka released Tribe EP, which featured a number of hit singles, including "Spin" and "Just Want to See You." That same year, Shakka collaborated with Wretch 32 on their single "Blackout," which climbed to No. 6 on the UK singles charts. More recently in 2014, Shakka scored a major success with his mega-hit single, "When Will I See You Again?"
A Shakka show is a wildly energised mix of impressive instrumental riffs and evocative contemporary songs. Special effects such as lights are added, but serve to punctuate and enhance the music, rather than overwhelm it. Expect plenty of audience interaction, as Shakka engages the audience throughout the show, welcoming participation and eliciting cheers. In addition to original songs and lyrics, Shakka audiences are treated to hugely entertaining Shakkapella covers of popular songs, peppered up with Shakka's own original harmony dubs, beatbox effects and orchestration. The result is a mix of original and classic songs, presented in an invigorating way that brings the audience to its feet throughout the show.
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