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Playing on the custom built reggae sound system North Fire Sound

23rd April 2022 @ 4:00 pm 11:00 pm

Aba Shanti i
Sound of Jah Lighting & Thunder
Plus support DJs

This is a special opportunity to witness one of the best reggae sound system DJs and vocalist in the world perform on the custom built high power reggae sound system North Fire Sound at Upfront Arts Venue to small intimate crowd.

Aba Shanti-I (born Joseph Smith) is a sound system operator and dub producer from the UK. Aba and his sound system have been playing throughout UK and Europe for over 30 years. He has been a resident sound system at Notting Hill Carnival since 1993 and was voted the No. 1 DJ in the World by DJ Magazine in the same year

Aba used to deejay on Jah Tubby’s sound system; at that time he was known as ‘Jasmine Joe’, their slightly extrovert mic man.

When Aba embraced the Rastafarian faith he adopted a new and more positive attitude and, with his rediscovered faith, a new name: Aba Shanti-i. His new name in turn became the name of his soundsystem.

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

People come to an Aba Shanti-i session to discard their worries, to lose themselves in the music – and by doing so cast off the mental shackles.

The vibe that Aba generates has brought him to the attention of the media and in the last three years Aba Shanti-I has been the subject of three television programmes: the German ‘Deep in Dub’, the French ‘Aba at Carnival’ and Big Issue’s ‘Urban Rites’. This has resulted in a number of European dates to audiences bigger than Aba has ever played to before.

But in the UK, Aba Shanti-i is most loved for his annual sound systems at Notting Hill Carnival where he has been resident since 1993. His notoriety has led him to be dubbed No. 1 DJ in the World by DJ Magazine in the same year.

Aba Shanti i – Sound System @ Notting Hill Carnival
Aba Shanti i in the mix

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Tickets £16 (advance)



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