Genres: Dance Funk Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


One of the original benefactors of the early 80s UK jazz/funk boom, alongside contemporaries Level 42, Shakatak originally comprised Bill Sharpe (keyboards), Steve Underwood (bass), Keith Winter (guitar), Roger Odell (drums), and Nigel Wright (keyboards, synthesizers). Between 1980 and 1987, Shakatak had 14 UK chart singles. Beginning with their chart debut, 1980’s ‘Feels Like The First Time’ on Polydor Records, the string of hits included ‘Easier Said Than Done’ (1981), ‘Night Birds’ (1982), ‘Dark Is The Night’ (1983) and ‘Down On The Street’ (1984). By this point, a number of personnel changes had taken place, with Underwood replaced by George Anderson in 1982 and the introduction of female lead vocalist, Jill Saward, on 1984’s Down On The Street. This understated group proved their reputation as one of the finest purveyors of classy jazz/funk with the successful compilation, Coolest Cuts.

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