Growing up in Belgium, frequently staying with his family in the UK, and with a strong sense of his South African roots, Shaka Shams always felt like a lone wolf. This uprootedness made him turn to music at the early age of 11. Always in between, barely fitting in, he created his own island where he feels independent. But that independence comes with a feeling of loneliness that he stubbornly fights through his music.
At only 14, he amazed the crowd at his very first open mic in the UK. It was then and there he decided that music was his home. Shaka’s inspirations come from many places; hip hop, grime, reggae, house music… he approaches it his own way and takes what he likes to find “different sized pieces of a music puzzle fitting perfectly”. Throw on his very recognizable nostalgic voice and you get that Shaka sound. This young talent is one to be watched!