Little Shashe G – The Reggae Dove Biography
Born and raised in Ilford Essex, Shashe was writing songs from infant years with one finger on the piano!, going to gigs from
early teens, and performing in amateur musicals. At fourteen, respected singer Maggie Nic
holls praised her instinctive vocal ability in a jazz improvisational workshop. Shashe spent five years in Newcastle Upon Tyne, mostly studying architecture at the University but also finding time to sing in choirs and stage shows. Back in London Shashe joined a two tone band Eye Witness featuring Nigerian master percussionist Jimmy Scott aka Obladih Obladah. The urge to travel the world prompted Shashe to learn to play guitar so the music could travel with her. She sang in venues in Malaysia, Indonesia and Tahiti, and busked around Australia. Influenced by the variety of musical genres she heard on travelling through Asia, Oceania, the USA and Caribbean, she returned to the UK to work as a community musician, teacher and therapist whilst developing a performance career with her own band ‘Just Desserts’; Folo Graff’s African fusion band Ickkme; Nigerian band Ibile with Baba Adesose Wallace; and studied and performed with a va
riety of jazz and reggae artists such as Ras Benji of Jah Foundation, South African pianist Beke Mseleku, saxophone player Bukky Leo (Fela Kuti), as well as singing sister Ros and muso brother in law Dave Lewis. A long time lover of roots reggae’s conscious lyrics and infectious rhythms, of artists like Black Uhuru and Dennis Bovell, and later Bob Marley and the Wailers, she met percussionist, arranger and wordsmith Brother James Trinidad (Go, Junior Marvin’s Wailers) at a Burning Spear gig (another great influence). Shashe and Brother James discovered not only had they both a great love of roots reggae but also jazz, funk and all good quality music. This meeting began a collaboration which resulted in the EP ‘Reggae Dove In Flight’ launched at Catch A Fire, Upstairs At Ritzy, Brixton in March 2017. The genre has been described as Roots Rock Reggae, Urban Cultural Fusion. The EP was recorded both in London and New York over several years and features a variety of esteemed
musicians including Brian Jackson (Gil Scott Heron) on flute, keyboards and backing vocals; guitarists Ronny Drayton (Nona Hendrix); Gus Isidore (Seal) and Kevin Armstrong (Bowie); drummer Trevor Murrell (Sade, Al Jarreau) as well as some great home grown musicians August 2017 saw Shashe and Brother James producing a fresh version of the country classic Mr Bojangles with the London Chapter of the band featuring keyboardist Carl Gentles and drummer Carl Benjamin (just off Junior Marvin’s UK tour) as well as bass clarinetist Alan Wilkinson, guitarist James Shepherd and bassist Ann-Marie Winross. Shashe did a promotional tour of the Caribbean in 2016, and her tracks have been featured on a variety of radio stations including CPR Brooklyn, Hott FM Grenada, WOW in Trinidad, Resolution, Sound Fusion and Dennis Bovell’s Dub show on Soho Radio.
TV videos of People Of The World and Jah Warriors Of Love can be viewed at https://youtu.be/XeG6s3JhwM0 Upcoming shows include Carnival Pioneers Notting Hill Gate London August 12th 2018. We are going back into the studio next month to produce another original track, as we have a lot more material waiting for the Brother James and Shashe treatment!
You can preview the music on soundcloud.com/shasheg or CDBaby.com, and get more information on shasheg.wix.com/reggae-dove