Shaka, the reggae music artist, was born in the dense
urban area of Bakau, The Gambia, on October 12th 1977. He
began his early
formal education by going to the local primary school and
from there progressed to the St. Augustine's High after being
awarded a scholarship by the Queen's Trust Fund. Academically
he performed at the top of his class and as a result was accelerated
up by 2 years to join his seniors.
During his time at Saints he had the opportunity to try out
various musical instruments and join a number of bands. At
14 years old he decided that his future career lay in music
and so began to train with a purpose. As a result of his musical
performances and interactions with the school band members
he gained the nickname the 'Young Bob Marley'.
Dr. Shaka set up a band called Born Africans in 1999 in which
he was the lead singer. The band rapidly acquired a name for
themselves and soon became the most famous reggae group in
The bands debut album was titled 'Praises' and went straight
to the top of the local chart and was awarded the 'Best Gambian
Reggae Album' award.' On the July 31st, 1999 they were
given an award for the 'Most Albums Sold'. However, a few
years later Dr. Shaka decided to go Solo and flew to the UK
to expand his musical prospects.
He has co-performed with some of the big names in international
reggae such as Gregory Issac, Luke Dube, Ijahman, Antony B,
Luciano and others.
He has worked at with the King's HiFi in Sussex.
He has also recently recorded songs with the Roots Garden
label in Brighton including his new song “Good Vibes” and
is also working on his third album “Rise With Us”.