For years, a legendary dubplate, simply known as “Shaka a Serious Warrior” drove Jah Shaka sound system’s aficionados crazy – who could be behind such a one-away tune? Time did tell: it was one Alan Kingpin, co-frontman and singer of the band Reggae Regular. A Muslim man in a Rasta environment, Alan King based the dub off his “Little Jimmy” release. Like the song, the man is as different as he is elusive. In 2006, Seb Carayol finally got the chance to cross his path.
Every Saturday night from 1987 to 1999, London’s roots fans would tune into Kiss FM pirate radio for a weekly show by the Manasseh crew, which went deep into the early hours of Sunday morning. When the legendary station celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010, Seb Carayol spoke with the main characters behind Manasseh’s show to look back on their musical saga.