Jah Shaka death updates — Soundsystem legend dies suddenly just days after announcing new tour date | The Sun

SOUNDSYSTEM legend Jah Shaka has suddenly passed away just days after announcing a new tour date.

Jah was best known for an array of dub and reggae tracks, as well as for running his own record label, Jah Shaka Music.

The tragic news comes just six days after the star revealed a new tour date for August 19.

The Instagram post has since been flooded with tributes from fans who are mourning the artist.

Follow our Jah Shaka blog for more news and updates…

  • Shanine Bruder

    Fans pay tribute

    Fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to Jah Shaka following the news of his death.

    Taking to social media, one wrote: ''RIP Jah Shaka. One of the greatest sounds man with a heavy soundsystem, a true legend. Those dances and studio sessions were epic. Rest well King, Jah bless always.''

    A second penned: ''The mighty Jah Shaka. An Icon who’s playing style & music touched & inspired so many of us.

    ''What inspired me the most was his uncompromising stance, he stood firm continual with his message. A unique beacon of light.

    ''We salute you King. Rest in Power.''

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    Shaka was responsible for a number of dub and reggae’s most iconic tracks

    Jah Shaka, also known as the Zulu Warrior, was responsible for a number of dub and reggae’s most iconic tracks, as well as running his own record label, Jah Shaka Music.

    The label released tracks from the likes of Max Romeo and Johnny Clark, as well as many of his own.

    He also owned his own Soundsystem called The Jah Shaka Sound since 1970.

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    Jah Shaka moved to London in 1956

    Jah Shaka was born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, and kickstarted his successful career as an operator on the Freddie Cloudburst Sound System.

    He moved to London in 1956, where he experienced the harsh racism associated with the Windrush generation.

    The icon described the environment in an interview quoted by In Sheep's Clothing Hi-Fi, and said: "In the Windrush time, in London, on the doors of the houses, there were signs saying ‘no Blacks, no Irish and no dogs.

    "In the 1950s and 1960s in London, there were house parties – 50, 60 people with only record players.

    “It helped families know other families, which was important at that time because the people were forced to be segregated."

  • Shanine Bruder

    Tributes pour in

    Following the tragic news of Jah Shaka's passing, fans have paid tribute to the reggae legend.

    Nadine White wrote: "The sound system was formed as a vehicle to bring a message of peace. To bring people together.

    "Jah Shaka, legendary reggae sound system pioneer, has died. A musical giant who was beloved far & wide; a pillar within our Black communities and a real messenger. Sad news"

  • Mollie Mansfield

    Trevor Jackson recalls 'wild club experiences'

    Trevor Jackson paid his tribute by saying: “Had a lot of wild club experiences in my time but nothing could beat stumbling into the Rocket hazy headed & bleary-eyed becoming overwhelmed by the power of bass.

    "Formative years, divine sounds, THE master.”

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    Tributes pour in

    Many have been paying their tribute since the news broke.

    DJ Jumpin Jack Frost wrote: “The king of Kings has left us. The greatest soundman that ever lived.”

    Dubstep producer The Bug wrote: “So sad to read Jah Shaka has departed this planet.. Rest in peace.

    "A heroic figure who kept Dub alive, when few cared… I spent many all nighters being transfixed by his passion and selections..”

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    Cause of death unknown

    The news was confirmed on April 12, by fellow Jamaican artist Dennis Alcapone. "Just getting some sad news that the great Jah Shaka has passed away," he wrote on Facebook.

    "The Zulu warrior left us. Very sad indeed. More to come on that. May his soul forever rest in perfect peace."

    At this time the cause of death is unknown.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    Spent time working as a sound system engineer

    Jah also owned his own Soundsystem called The Jah Shaka Sound since 1970.

    He built it after learning and working as a sound system engineer under Freddie Cloudburst.

    Throughout his career, he was known for his commitment to social and political consciousness.

  • Shanine Bruder

    'Rest In Power Jah Shaka'

    Reggae legend Jah Shaka has died – with fans today paying tribute to the "greatest soundman that ever lived".

    The news was shared by Horsepower Productions’s Benny Ill, with a Twitter post earlier this afternoon.

    It was accompanied by a photo of Shaka DJing, and was captioned: “Rest In Power Jah Shaka”.

    His cause of death is currently unknown and has not been shared publicly by Benny III.

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    Who was Jah Shaka?

    Jah Shaka, also known as the Zulu Warrior, was born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica.

    He moved to London in 1956 with his parents when he was eight years old.

    Shaka was responsible for a number of dub and reggae’s most iconic tracks, as well as running his own record label, Jah Shaka Music.

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