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Shakatak is an English jazz-funk band, founded in 1980.

Shakatak scored a number of chart entries, including two Top Ten hits in the UK Singles Chart, “Night Birds” (1982) and “Down on the Street” (1984), plus a further 12 entries in the Guinness book of British Hit Singles. The group are still active and popular throughout the world, particularly in Japan and the Far East, and generally produce a new album every two years on JVC Records.

From their first release in August 1980, (the Bill Sharpe composition “Steppin’” on the Polydor record label), and their first album, Drivin’ Hard, the band’s singles and albums have entered the charts regularly.

It was the release of “Easier Said Than Done” that gave the band the radio exposure needed for their first top-twenty hit. This record introduced their instrumental-unison vocal sound to a much wider audience, and the track stayed in the UK chart for seventeen weeks. The follow-up, “Night Birds”, was their first single to reach the top ten, and the album of the same name gave Shakatak their first gold album, entering at number four and remaining in the charts for twenty-eight weeks. By now a major international act, the success of the release gave them the number-one jazz album slot in Japan, and attracted interest across Europe and South America. Night Birds was used in the feature film “Away We Go” directed by Sam Mendes and was used as the demonstration song on many Casio Piano Keyboards such as the Casio CT-460.


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  • Quarex

    Shakatak best

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Overture1383

    InDie_Rocker_, я имел ввиду, что музыка на слух вроде доступная, моментально цепляющая, но почему-то в широких массах неизвестна. Например, те же самые Sade, которые в 80-х работали в подобном жанре, стали всемирно известной группой, хотя творчество Shakatak ни чуть не хуже.

    22 Mar 2014 Reply
  • InDie_Rocker_

    Overture1383, скробблинг на ластфм - это все фигня ) У Шакатак хорошая музыка - это самое главное, одна из лучших jazz/fusion/jazz-funk групп.

    22 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Overture1383

    Самое удивительное, что эту группу мало скробблят, просто шок!

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • iskra_uzi

    I love Shakatak!

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • LUCE08

    Awesome group! Love their style of jazz.

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • depechedream

    City Rhythm!!!

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • Malou43

    I love Shakatak too♥The best band ever. My absolute favorite group♥♥

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • jazzizjrm


    18 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Annieworld

    I love Shakatak

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
  • lost_in_last

    Just good old memories...hope to listen new tunes from you guys.

    25 Dec 2010 Reply
  • gdabassman

    George Andersons profile:

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • a_chap

    Oh lord I just heard "Dark is the night" for the first time in a million years. Hard to imagine it was so long ago but I saw Shakatak at a "jazz funk all-dayer" in Nottingham in (I think) 1982. Christ I'm old :(

    10 Nov 2010 Reply
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    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • oiu098

    how i want to live in 80's. let's build the time machin =)

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
  • amay_519


    3 Jun 2010 Reply
  • annwise

    Shakatak are celebrating 30 years this year in the music business. I saw them last month in Essex, wow what a gig they sure know how to raise the roof. My favourite band of all time, long may they continue.

    8 Feb 2010 Reply
  • LikeACarillon

    Great band. Glad I discovered them.

    8 Nov 2009 Reply
  • 90sdj

    best from 80s

    28 Oct 2009 Reply
  • el_yucatan

    Ooohh Invitations is good!

    31 Aug 2009 Reply
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