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Shakatak

Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music, but then Shakatak is a particularly unusual group. Because of the nature of their music, their fan base is far reaching while always retaining an “underground” element. This paradox sees the band, who are known primarily as serious musicians, enjoying both high cult status and instant recognition as a household name.

After a number of successful singles in the UK the band scored unprecedented international success with the release of the classic album Night Birds and the title track has become a standard in the popular music repertoire. This success was repeated with the hit Down On The Street and the award-winning video established the band’s personnel of Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward, Keith Winter, George Anderson, and Roger Odell.

Along with their successful recording career, Shakatak is widely regarded as a vibrant and entertaining live act, combining astute musicianship with a sense of fun that communicates strongly world-wide.

With guitarist Keith Winter forced to leave the band due to illness, the remaining four original members now augment their live performances with guitarist Alan Wormald and backing vocalists Jacqui Hicks or Debby Bracknell. This line-up has performed at international festivals including the Bratislava Jazz Day in Slovakia, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in South Africa, the Kutchan Jazz Festival in Japan, the Hua Hin Jazz Festival in Thailand, and many others too numerous to mention.

Shakatak perform live regularly throughout the world either at huge festivals, in large concert halls or smaller jazz clubs, such is their love of playing live. As well as a busy touring schedule they continue to release recordings regularly proving there is still an insatiable demand for the unique Shakatak sound.

Music, Jazz

Saturday 11th October 2014 -


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