Shabba’s anticipated performance has reportedly created a huge buzz among anxious Japanese dancehall fans. In fact, the enormous feedback given as Shabba was announced to join the lineup for the Yokohama Reggae SAI is said to be unlike that of any other artiste scheduled to perform in the past.
The highly anticipated return of Shabba to Japan is an ideal way for Mighty Crown to celebrate 20 years in the business. In a released statement, Masta Simon, co-founder of Mighty Crown said, “We have been listening to Shabba Ranks songs for years – Shabba is by all means an icon and a very important artiste to sound systems and selectors,” Simon also went on to say, “We have been playing for 20 years and Shabba is an artiste that we played from day one and he is still going strong today. We had to have him on our show!”
Shabba is said to be ‘thrilled’ about his long awaited return to Japan which will undoubtedly help to further solidify his presence among the Japanese.
“Over the years, we have performed with a slew of old school artistes like Super Cat, Ninja Man, Half Pint, Barrington Levy and the energy level was good. I can’t wait to perform with Shabba because I know it will be incredible,” said Mighty Crown co-founder Sami T.
Currently, Shabba is enjoying the ‘spotlight’ of his latest single ‘None a Dem’ which was produced by Stephen McGregor. He has preserved his status by doing selective performances and not over saturating the market.
According to a close business partner of Shabba, Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne of Irish & Chin he said, “I have developed a really good personal and business relationship with Shabba, he is a pleasure to work with and one of the few artistes that tries to preserve the true essence of Dancehall culture…,” in his closing statement Chin said, “Shabba’s performance in Japan will be a moment in time to remember.”