Imhotep Shaka, AKA Aba Shaka, has been involved
with roots sound systems in the UK from the age
of thirteen. He credits the major part of his
early sound schooling to three sounds: Success
Sound, Lord Koos and Cosmic Roundbeat. Out of
Manchester, from a box carrier to a full
operator, is where he learnt valuable lessons in
selection delivery and mastery as an operator.
"Playing with a single turntable was the norm in those days. Your learnt the art of communication with the people between records because it was truly an oral tradition originally. On the flip side of the record is where the MUSIK would just run and the power of the BASS section would charge the atmosphere a bit like a voiceless preacher! And the Congilove [congregation] would respond in a variety of ways to the incoming spirit, pretty much like you would see in a church in the deep south or the Caribbean. Freeness of movements! Spirit Dancers!"
Aba Shaka migrated to Atlanta, GA in the early 1990s, where he and his family formed the sound system that is today known as the Musical Ark of the Kovenant. The family's steadfast commitment to community and their renowned reputation for sharing have earned them countless supporters across the country and around the world. As Aba describes:
"With the support of a strong extended family in Atlanta, we have achieved much success with the sound system here and have never had to rely on niteclubs to play. We have had a constant and strong attendance at our sessions for over ten years. Primarily because we choose to serve the spiritual and physical needs of the community first by never compromising and playing slack and degrading musik on our radio programme “The Healers” or the sound system. Over seeking fame and personal recognition, if your heart is clean and your intentions upright, good people will recognize this and support the shared cause."