Since 2001, after a summer full of good reggae vibrations, Ragga del Sol (D Four, Karon B, Zi Dread) and the Selector/Mc GENERAL D melt together musically to give birth to Shanty Crew. The crew spreads its message of union, brotherhood and respect for roots and people through a dynamic and engaging “dancehall” show (Dj Set) that expands 360° in to Black Music with a special consideration for Jamaican culture; The show features a large selection of original and rare dubplates and boasts a precious vinyl collection.
The headquarter is the “Shanty Town Studio” where musical and organizational projects are developed; in the following years the crew expanded his family, incorporating ALEX PAPASANDRO (selecta/sound engineer), U ROB (mc/singer) e VALE (Staff). Shanty Crew have played at many parties around the “peninsula” and memorable are the partecipations at major reggae event like Rototom Sunsplash 2009 (ITA) along with jamaican Bass Odyssey and in several events and festival around Italy. In 2010, the crew participated for the first time in a solo challenge of dubplates against other crew, the first edition of the “Italian Judgment Day Soundclash” held in Rome against Rude Massive from S.Benedetto del Tronto and Soul Earthquake from Venice, having a great impression into the music scene. In 2011, Mc / Singer U Rob began a new career as a solo career, recording many new tunes; in the following year CHIANCONE (Mc/Dj/Graphic Designer), known in the dancehall scene from many years and a great collector of vinyl, become a new member of the project Shanty Crew, strengthening the potential of the sound.
Just in this period also begins the close collaboration with “Eremo Club”, one of the most important Club of Italy, consolidating the crew’s activity that, since the birth, promote various dancehall events and concerts of international and italian artists, such as: Michael Rose, Anthony B, Horace Andy, Mr. Vegas, Dennis Alcapone, Jah Mason, Ward 21, General Levy, Ranking Joe, Perfect, Mr. Lexx, Kabaka Pyramid, Daddy Freddy, Stylo G, Gappy Ranks, Stitchie, Anthony Johnson, Alozade, Mad Professor, Macka B, David Rodigan, Dawn Penn, Tippa Irie, Mad Cobra, Capleton, Sizzla, Alborosie, Gentleman, King Kong, Junior Kelly, Turbulence, Manu Chao, Super Cat, Konshens, Caparezza, Brusco, Suoni Mudù, Boomdabash, Lion D, Sud Sound System, Roy Paci, Villa Ada Posse, Mama Marjas, 99 Posse, Bunna e Madaski (Africa Unite), Speaker Cenzou and many others.
In 2013, Shanty Crew faces another musical challenge in Berlin, “Euro Cup Soundclash” against the Germans Mango Tree, the Spaniards Fire Warriors and the Swiss Magic Tuts, demonstrating the ability to hit and entertain the massive until the end. Then, in 2016 the crew challenges Heartical Sound from Paris at “Blood in the Arena 2
Soundclash” in Cantù (ITA). Important to mention is “Rain Dubplate Tonight”, annual event dedicated to the fanatics of exclusive reggae dancehall music, and in the last two edition it’s became a real sound clash between two European Sound (2016: Kalyweed vs Magic Tuts – 2017: Heartical Sound vs Magic Tuts).
2017 begins with the enlargement of the team Shanty, three important members become part of the sound: RENTMAN (Mc/Selector/Sound Engineer), DJ PHIXX (Selector/Producer) e JOE DE MANNO (Selector/Producer/Remixer). On 9th December 2017, Shanty Crew win their first trophy at second edition of “Calabria Winter Clash” in Catanzaro against Frisco Sound (Matera/Roma). … the rest will be history!