Shakka

Shakka

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

- THE LOST BOYS (EP) 6TH NOVEMBER, 2015

The son of Dominican parents, Shakka was raised in London, England and was exposed to music at an early age by his father, a member of a reggae band. Shakka studied at London's Centre for Young Musicians and debuted in July 2009 with an EP, Foolishness, Vol. 1 -- a mix of pop, rap, and reggae he deprecatingly referred to as "the early babbling stages of a haphazard singer/songwriter." A conceptual mixtape release, The Shakka Crown Affair, followed in March 2011. He compiled his sung-and-beatboxed covers, including Frank Ocean's "Thinkin' Bout You" and a medley of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" and Usher's "Climax," and released them as The Shakkapellas in November 2012. Early the following year, he was featured on Wretch 32's "Blackout," a Top Ten hit in the U.K. He later released his highly-praised Tribe EP and received a MOBO nomination for Best Newcomer in 2013. After years of releasing projects independently, Shakka made the decision to sign with Pitched Up in 2015 and released the feel good track “Say Nada,” along with a remix featuring JME. In 2015, Shakka won his first MOBO Award for Best R&B/Soul Act and released his critically-acclaimed The Lost Boys EP.