Shaka & The SoulShakers
are a high energy R&B outfit led by New Orleans transplant & frontman Bill Shaka. Shaka, settled in CT after losing
his home due to Hurricane Katrina's devastating floods of 2005.
HONESTY, ENERGY, and ENTERTAINMENT, is Shaka's motto...with spontaneity and storytelling,
also being key ingredients to a SoulShakers live performance.
Shaka has spent considerable time in Europe, appearing on the festival and club circuit, but is
quick to point out that performing live on New Orleans Bourbon Street five days a week helped to sharpen his skills as a showman
and shape him into the performer he is today, adding "if you couldn't belt out a Carny's bark and back your ballyhoo
on Bourbon, then you certainly weren't worth your salt as a live performer".
Beside Shaka's impassioned vocals and gritty
performance technique, he is complimented by the fluid guitar playing of Tony C, and the rock solid second line rhythms of
veterans Rob Blaschke (drums), and Tom Terry (bass).
In 2013 Shaka & The SoulShakers CD "Heard A Mighty Rumblin'" was voted the best self produced
Blues CD in the state of CT.
In 2011 & 2013 the SwampShaka Duo won the CT Blues Challenge, representing the state of CT at the International
Blues Challenge in Memphis,TN where they advanced to the semi-final round in their first appearance.