Young Warrior at Wilkswood Reggae 2023

Young Warrior 

Son of Jah Shaka to perform poignant tribute at Wilkswood Reggae 2023.

From the ashes rises the phoenix… Young Warrior, son of the mighty Jah Shaka who passed away in April this year, will be performing at this year’s Sound System arena at the Wilkswood Reggae Festival.

Young Warrior, dubbed ‘The Prince of Dub Sound System’, is one of the flag-bearers of the next generation of the dub reggae movement; hardly surprising since he is the son of the late Jah Shaka. Having started out performing with his father, Young Warrior has now performed internationally since 2005 and has developed his own unique and refreshing sound.

Jah Shaka and Young Warrior
Jah Shaka and Young Warrior

Jah Shaka had been confirmed to play at this year’s Wilkswood Reggae Festival but sadly passed away in April this year and his loss was felt throughout the worldwide reggae community. Young Warrior is expected to devote his appearance as a tribute to the great man and will be appearing with his own custom-built soundsystem for an entire day of the festival, joined by guest MCs throughout the day. 

Young Warrior has worked as a producer for many years, collaborating with the likes of Jah Shaka, Johnny Clarke, Sly & Robbie (TAXI), Gussie P, Mafia & Fluxy, Ras Muffet (Roots Injection), Little Roy, Addis Pablo, Toddla T (Ninja Tunes), Michael Prophet and jungle pioneer Congo Natty. Since launching his own sound system he has headlined bills alongside many well known sound systems such as Iration Steppas, Jah Tubbys, Jah Youth, Channel One, King Shiloh, Aba-Shanti, King Earthquake & many more.

Young Warrior is not just a DJ but also an independent music producer;. He has produced songs with ever rising UK female artist Lexxy, South East London’s well known Rockaway, Sandeeno, The Twinkle Brothers, Sister Beloved, Yami Bolo, Jamaica Based duo The No-Maddz, Roger Robin and many more. Young Warrior’s released albums include titles; Dub Box, 312 Various Artists, Know H.I.M by Principal, Woman Of Virtue by Sister Beloved. Many of Young Warrior’s productions have been played regularly by sound systems like Iration Steppas, Jah Voice, Tabot sound, Channel One Sound System and of course the Mighty Jah Shaka Sound System.

In August 2006 Young Warrior gave a special one off interview for the BBC on BBC Three counties radio with Ras Kush of which gained listeners all over the world tuning in to hear the Young Warrior talk personally for the first time in this one away interview. He has also been featured in the well known modern Sound System documentary ‘Musically Mad’ and in 2018 Idris Elba’s box office smash Jamaican Sound System Themed motion picture ‘YARDIE’.

In 2011 Young Warrior was asked to represent UK Dub & Reggae on BBC 1Xtra for black history month on DJ & producer; Mistajam’s ‘Daily Dose’ audio documentary aired across the whole of the UK entitled ‘Daily Dose Of Dub’; which saw him talking about his own various musical experiences and also giving an introduction to Dub music for 1Xtra’s fellow young listeners. These series of shows which spanned across three days became so popular among listeners he was asked to return in 2012 & gave an exclusive sound system style megamix series of special songs for Black History Month.

The Young Warrior’s DJ sets which started his public career have taken him far & wide and has a very new however old school sound with him playing roots & culture Dub music from the 70’s up to present day’s Reggae & Urban Icons such as Chronixx, Jah9, Xana Romeo, Groove Armada, Koffee, Micah Shemiah, Greentea Peng, Jessie Royal, Lila Ike however unsurprisingly all played in the traditional Shaka warrior style!

Young Warrior’s musical delivery connects with the elders who attend the traditional Jah Shaka dances but also with the younger and new generation giving them a piece of his own musical modern but foundation message. In 2011 after six years of intense public demand & Young Warrior just doing DJ sets he launched his very own custom built sound system at Dubwise Festival 2011 at The iconic ‘Brixton Mass’ music venue alongside next generation sound system player King Alpha for a definitely unforgettable night.

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