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Not Guilty of Being

by Shaka's lo-fi Experience

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Refugee 06:48


I want to thank all the people who supported me over the years with this project. I will name some of those people: Jeff Bush, an inspiration and a brother in percussion; Anthony Jepson Guerra for all the videos, fantastic photos and friendship; Jeremy Shanok for the openness and creative vibe that he inflicted upon me; that day when I heard Naná for the first time in João Pedro’s house; the fantastic Garden Collective Crew for providing the vitamins for this project to flourish; Nuno and Tabea from Muti for believing in this project so much that made it possible to reach this point; the Camones Cinebar Crew for the love and welcoming arms; ScratchBuilt for the lovely recording studio in the person of Ulipiano; Waldy for the patience, good taste, badass recording and mixing; Mr. Assombroso, Luís Vicente, for playing his trumpet while I experimented with electrifying the berimbau for the first time; Eddie Ivers for his ability to make things easier for me (maybe for everybody) and his friendship; Ilya Padalka for his friendship and fixing my mistakes while assuring me that the intro texts were perfect the way they were; Billy Corcoran for his friendship, feedback and all the chats we had about amps and pedals over the years; Peter Murphy for his enthusiasm, guidance on how to forge a narrative for the live shows and elevating my words into poems; my kids Mar and Sol for being legendary amazing humans; my wife Sara H for her love, guidance, strength, ideas and for being my waves, my anchor and my beacon at sea; Jimi Hendrix for the “electric impetus of abandonment”; Naná Vasconcelos for his extreme humanity, sound transcendency and kind words.


released January 16, 2022

All music composed and played by Joaquim de Brito aka Shaka
Poems in tracks 2, 3, and 4: original ideas by Joaquim de Brito aka Shaka, adapted and edited by Peter Murphy
Native American chant in track 5 by Brant Lodge (recorded at the CWB-The Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle, 2015)

Album cover: Artwork by Eddie Ivers over an original linoleum print by Joaquim de Brito aka Shaka
Recording studios: Scratch Built
Mixer and engineer: Mark Waldron
Label and publisher: Garden Collective
Support: Muti Collective


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Shaka's lo-fi Experience Lisbon, Portugal

Joaquim de Brito, aka Shaka, is a Portuguese musician. Wile living in Seattle, Inspired by the city's unique combination of urban energy and pure nature, created “Shaka’s Lo-Fi Experience”. A tribute to Jimi Hendrix’s groundbreaking electric sound and to Naná Vasconcelos unparalleled percussive talent. Shaka plays his berimbau (one string instrument from African origin) and lo-fi apparatus. ... more

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