BASS Member Profile
|Member Name :
|Job Title :
|Sound System :
|Music Type :
||Roots Rock Reggae,
||07899 042 972
|Carnival Location :
||East Row at junction
with Southern Row
Aba used to deejay Jah Tubby's sound
system and at that time he was known as Jasmine Joe. Those of
you that were around the sound system scene in the eighties will
remember the slightly-extrovert mic man that Jah Tubby's had;
that was Aba.
When Joe embraced the Rastafarian faith he adopted a new and more
positive attitude and with his rediscovered faith a new name. That
name was and is Aba Shanti-I, pronounced ABA SHANTI-EYE
not ONE. So you see, the name Aba Shanti-I is not just the
name of the sound system, it is the name of the person that is
playing the sound.
Over the last 10 years Aba has been playing his sound, and the music
created by his brother
Blood Shanti on that sound, in
small and large halls throughout this country and in the process has
developed a following covering the widest spectrum of Jah's
humanity. Black/ White/ Asian /Young /The Not So Young /Rastafarians
/Bald head /Dread.All races. All creeds. All genders. We don't
segregate, we integrate.
They come because an Aba Shanti-I session is synonymous with
a vibe, a feeling. No one at an Aba session is made to feel strange.
It is not about what you look like, it's about who you are and what
is in your heart!
People come to discard their worries and to lose themselves in the
music and by doing so cast off the mental shackles from their mind
and the yolk from around their shoulders, find themselves, be at
peace and be free.
The vibe that Aba generates has brought him to the attention
of the media on a worldwide basis and he has been the subject of
numerous articles in domestic and foreign magazines.
In the last 3 years we (Aba Shanti-I & Falasha recordings) have been
the subject of 3 television programmes: 1 German - Deep in Dub,
1 French - Aba at Carnival, and 1 domestic - Urban Rites
Big Issue Film Unit Series.
This has resulted in The Aba Shanti-I sound system and The
Shanti-ites live band being invited to tour Europe on a number
of occasions to bring the vibe to a larger audience.
Everywhere we have played we have been greeted by enthusiastic
patrons who have been so happy to be experiencing the fullness
of Aba Shanti-I and The Shanti-Ites live and direct
and in their own backyard.
Aba Shanti-I has also remixed numerous tracks for various people and
record companies including:
JAMACIAN JIG REMIX
ARTIST: DUB SYNDICATE
ALBUM: RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT ON-U CD 85
JERICHO WALLS REMIX
ARTIST: THE SHANTI-ITES
ALBUM: THE BLUE NOTE CLUB CULTURE EYE CD/LP/MC 01
AGAINST THE TIDE
12 INCH SOUND'N' PRESSURE SINGLE SP 003
FREE THE NATION
ARTIST: THE SHANTI-ITES
ALBUM: DUBHEAD VOL I IVE CD 002
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