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 sound system has played at venues and festivals throughout
England which we have videoed with the intention of compiling
a retrospective video for sale on the mail order and at venues.
The video footage is being edited and a early release date for
the video is planned.
I was at the soundclash held in the Brixton Recreational Centre
(respect to Jah Youth and Daddy Coxsone) and overheard a member
of our extended family chatting to Babar (he runs a record stall)
about the mail order and the information contained in the old
style newsletter.He thought the mail order info was very good.
Big respect to that gentleman in the cap and thank you.
ME WHILE I THE HUMBLE LION BECOME THE MOANING LION;
DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER THERE WERE TWO FREE!!!!! EVENTS
AT WHICH 'ABA SHANTI-I' PLAYED. ONE AT THE SOUTHALL COMMUNITY
CENTRE ON THE 15th SEPT AND THE OTHER AT THE 'WEST INDIAN
CENTRE' LAYCOCK ROAD LEEDS ON THE 27th SEPT.
NOW I KNOW THAT LEEDS IS A LONG WAY TO TRAVEL FOR THOSE PEOPLE
BASED SOUTH OF THE WATFORD GAP, BUT SOUTHALL ISN'T. I WOULD HAVE
EXPECTED A FEW MORE PEOPLE TO HAVE TURNED OUT TO SUPPORT THE
VERY GOOD CAUSE OF CULTURAL AWARENESS AT SOUTHALL, BASED ON THE
NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY PAY TO ATTEND AN 'ABA SHANTI'
SESSION AT THE SAME VENUE.
LEEDS,WHAT CAN I SAY. IN AN AREA SUCH AS CHAPELTOWN WHICH IS
THE CENTRE OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN LEEDS. IF A FREE EVENT CANNOT
BRING YOU OUT OF WHEREVER YOU RESIDE TO COME AND TUNE IN, WHAT
MAYBE IF THE BOTH EVENTS WERE CHARGEABLE RATHER THAN FREE MORE
PEOPLE WOULD HAVE MADE AN EFFORT TO ATTEND.
I AM NOT COMPLAINING JUST ON BEHALF OF THE TWO EVENTS MENTIONED,
BUT FOR ALL THE FREE EVENTS PUT ON FOR THE BENEFIT OF THEIR RESPECTIVE
PEOPLE IF YOU DO NOT SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY, HOW CAN YOUR COMMUNITY
WE AT 'FALASHA RECORDINGS' BELIEVE IN THE ONE COMMUNITY,THE ONE
UNITY. REGARDLESS OF RACE,COLOUR, CREED OR GENDER. WE DO NOT
I DON'T WANT TO SOUND AS IF I AM PREACHING, BUT PEOPLE SUPPORT
YOUR COMMUNITY AND IF THE EVENT IS FREE, TURN UP AND CHECK IT
OUT. IT'S NOT GOING TO COST YOU ANYTHING AND YOU JUST MIGHT LEARN
SOMETHING. REMEMBER IGNORANCE IS A CURSE!!!!!!!!!!
Points Of Interest:
Falashas, native Jewish sect of Ethiopia.
VENUES & DATES:
1HOXTON SQ LONDON N1
10pm-3am £5 ON THE DOOR. £4 B4 11pm
NOV 28th/2nd JAN/ 6th FEB
LIVE ROOTS SHOWCASE
FEATURING: 'BLAKAMIK INT'L
SOUTHALL COMMUNITY CENTRE
29th NOVEMBER 1996
9PM TILL LATE ADM:£8
TROPICAL DUB STORM CHAPTER V
FRIDAY 15th NOV 1996
SOAS UNION THORNHAUGH ST WC1
9PM-LATE ADM £7/£6 B4 11pm
UB 40/NUS/HOUSE OF ROOTS CARDHOLDERS
SHRIMPERS CLUB (ROOTS HALL)
VICTORIA AVE. SOUTHEND ON SEA
FRIDAY 8th NOV 1996
TRENDZ NIGHTSPOT 240 AMHURST RD STOKE NEWINGTON
14th/21st NOV 1996 ADM £5
APOLOGIES To the following:
Mr C. Climpson of Bristol /Mr D.Cottle of Oxfordshire
& Mr P.Campbell of London.The post within the next few days
will deliver your missing items plus something special.Due to
an administration problem with your orders (the person concerned
is now walking with a pronounced limp) your order forms were
filed as completed when they were in fact awaiting stock.Also
apologies to M.Vaughan of Gloucester.