Brief Biography Of Aba
Shanti I / Falasha
Aba was introduced to 'Roots & Culture' by his father
Alan (he ran a sound system) at a early age.
He went on to become the M.C. for 'Jah Tubby's Sound', travelling
up and down the country chatting his conscious lyrics over heavy
dub plate mixes.
The coming of 'Ragga-Muffin / Dancehall' music (sic) in the 80's
, Roots sound systems were forced to take a back seat or to shutdown
Fortunately Aba never lost his vibe or his belief in the 'Father'
and after taking over the running of 'Jah Tubby's' set made his
debut at the 1990 Leicester Carnival playing his own brand of
In 1993 along with his brothers Blood Shanti / Shanti Roots and
brethren Samari (Shanti-Ites) released their first single 'Tear
Down Babylon' (Aba 001.)
After the success of this single they released another single
in late 1994
entitled 'Zulu Warrior' (Aba 002).
The response was so positive that in late 1995 the Shanti-Ites
along with some like minded brethren decided to form a record
company to release their brand of conscious music.
This company was Falasha Recordings' and the first release on
this new label was 'Positive Vibration' (Aba 12001).
1996 saw the first album release from this new company which
'The Wrath Of Jah' (Aba CD/LP 001) featuring a small selection
of the vast catalogue of dubs that we have in store for you.
The next release was the debut vocal album by Blood Shanti 'Pure
(Aba CD/LP 002) featuring the first elease by the Shanti-ites
'Tear Down Babylon'.
The next release was the debut vocal album by Blood Shanti
(Aba CD/LP 002) featuring the first release by the Shanti-ites
'Tear Down Babylon'.This has been followed by the
next in the saga of Dub albums 'Jah Lightening & Thunder
(Aba CD/LP 003)
which was released in Dec'96 and is another step in our musical
:..............In response to the numerous people who have indicated
on the questionaire that they would like to see Aba Shanti-I
in session with Jah Shaka.There is nothing we would like better
than to engage in a thanks and praise giving session with Jah
Shaka. But only time will tell if this will become a reality.
Just a word in your ears to alleviate any concerns that you
may have regarding this newsletter and ourselves.We are not any
of the following:Terrorists / Misogamists / False Prophets /
Criminals / Subversives or disciples of The Anti-Christ.Neither
are we trying to foster a Psuedo Religious cult / A Political
Party or amassing an army to overthrow the elected government.;
no matter what some people might have you believe.
All we are doing is trying to provide a means of education
and communication,so that YOU will want to become part of the
larger community and by your involvement bring about the social
changes that are so necessary.In 10 to 15 years time WE will
be the people whom the young will look upon (if the changes are
not made) and ask "So why did'nt YOU do something dad/mum"?
They say that music never changed anything,which is true.But
the people that listen to music,can!
We are only the custodians of the present. The future belongs
to our children.
The Ras Iyah album is making
steady progress,so expect a single early in the new year to coincide
with the album release.
If anybody would like to send in their songs/ tapes/lyrics
for appraisal,then the address is on the front page.We make no
promises but rest assured that all material sent in will be read/listened
to by myself and the crew . Please remember to self copyright
any original lyrics/songs before sending them in.This is very
important and protects your work from plagiarism.
Also if any of you have an artistic bent and would like to submit
a piece of your work that you think would be suitable for incorporating
in the inner pages of a future release's CD booklet,send them
along.We can't promise to pay you much.But we will give you full
credit in the sleeve notes if the work is used.
I would like to send out hails and thanks to
the following for their faxes and messages of support in what
we are trying to achieve:
- Terry Gadd & crew 'Jah Trinity' s/system.
- Earl Freedom & crew 'Freedom Masses'
- Tina B & crew 'Megadog'
M.Tabone 'Radio Malta'
Dotsie and the Sons Of Erin
Martine (The Rottweiller) Stone
Bushman & The French Massive
Guil & The Holy Land Massive
and lastly and more importantly YOU for your continuing support.
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