Shakka is a singer, songwriter and producer from Notting Hill. Who is influenced by indie, dub, hip hop, Motown and garage. His musical inspirations include Bob Marley, Coldplay, The Police and Andre 3000. He is well-respected and multi-talented across the arts. Performing at Tate Britain alongside Speech Debelle as part of their ‘Great British Art Debate’. As well as performing in ‘Home’ being shown at the National Theatre. Fans of Shakka include; Rita Ora, Wiley. Professor Green, Rudimental, Basement Jaxx, Skepta. Laura Mvula, Labrinth, Wretch 32, Vula, Daley and Maverick Sabre.
In his early career stages. Shakka’s second full-length project was named. The Shakka Crown Affair, an 18-track mixtape “borrowing” beats and instrumentals from artists such as Coldplay and Lil Wayne; garnering more fans from around London and acclaim from fellow musicians such as Etta Bond, Wretch 32, Daley and Incisive. Shakka then shot to fame as a YouTube sensation doing various tracks using harmony and beatbox, known as The Shakapellas.
These mash-ups of popular songs featured a collaboration with Vula Malinga; the lead vocalist on Basement Jaxx’s single “Oh My Gosh”, as well as teaming up with Sony Music signed artist Tanya Lacey. The Shakappellas were eventually available as a download, as well as attracting over 1 million views in total. In December 2012 he released his debut single “Sooner or Later” which received strong support across national radio, in particular, being made ‘Jam Hot Record of the Week’ in 2012 by Radio 1Xtra’s MistaJam.
“The Lost Boys” (6 November 2015), “Tribe” (5 July 2013), “Foolishness” (2009).
“The Shakka Crown Affair” (2011).
As lead artist
“Say Nada” (featuring Jme) (2015 Album The Lost Boys), “When Will I See You Again” (2014 Non-album single), “Just Want to See You” (2013 Album Tribe), “Spin” (2013 Album Tribe), “Sooner or Later”(2012 Album Tribe).
As featured artist
“If Only” (Show N Prove featuring Shakka) (2014 Album N/A), “Blackout” (Wretch 32 featuring Shakka) (2013 Album N/A).
Awards and nominations
MOBO Awards (2016) Best RnB/Soul Act Nominated, MOBO Awards (2015) Best R&B/ Soul act Won, MOBO Awards Wretch 32 ft. Shakka ‘Blackout’ Best Song Nominated, MOBO Awards (2013) Best Newcomer Nominated.