Dr Shaka, the reggae music artist, was born in the dense urban
area of Bakau, The Gambia, on October 12th 1977. He began his
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 Gambia.
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
He has co-performed with some of the big names in international
reggae such as Gregory Issac, Luke Dube, Ijahman, Antony B, Luciano
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”.
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• Rise With Us - 2007