Münster's Soul Shakedown Party exists nine years now, and U-Style, Olli and Orange Bud found an attractive way to celebrate it. They played out their mainly conscious dancehall selection for almost three hours, while Gleis 22 slowly filled to the brim with the massive joining the celebration, eagerly anticipating Monika 'Mono' Jaksche, now living in Düsseldorf, but hailing from Linz, Austria and risen to fame with Linz' Soundsystem Soundsgood International together with recording- and touringpartner, also from Düsseldorf (but born in the Netherlands) the 'German energy-god' Nick 'Nikitaman' Tilstra.

1) Soul Shake Down Party crew.
2) Soul Shake Down Party's Orange Bud.
3) The Soul Shake Down Party logo on Nikitaman's 'shirt for the occasion'
4) Nikitaman singing another sweet tune.

And Mono & Nikitaman delivered the goods, whether riding the Ingo Rheinbay "Celebrate"-riddim the Pow Pow production for Gentleman's "Runaway", or doing one of Nikitaman's 2 tracks "Ganz Oder Gar Nichts" on "Dancehallfieber 3", reviewed here, Mono's "Soundbwoy Dead" featured on the Rootdown Records' recently released compilation "Rootdown Allstars Volume 1", Nikitaman's "Sommerkind" or taking on Black Scorpio's "Angel"-riddim that was popularized in Germany by Gentleman's "See Dem Coming" on it. Then another Rootdown release / Teka production is featured, the "Coming"-riddim that Nikitaman rode for "Der König Ist Tot" and Mono solo for "Wer?!?". Again a track from the Dancehallfieber series is performed, now one of the standout tracks of Volume 2, the ode to cannabis being 'alles was ich will' Nikitaman's "Mein Weed", also featured on "Rootdown Allstars Volume 1" before Mono & Nikitaman perform a new track "Mit Sahne" (if I heard and understood it right) that will be in a combination with CéCile featured on their forthcoming debutalbum, scheduled for release early next year. "Welt Report" is dedicated to all who fight war and imperialism, and not performed over the original Germaican Records riddim that it gave its name to "World Report" but over a version of Dennis Brown's "Revolution"-riddim. Mono's "Zivicops" from "Dancehallfieber 3" gets the live treatment as well to full effect, as does the wonderful "Stell Dir Vor" of Nikitaman's "ahh...loco..?"-EP, or their take on Pow Pow's "007/Shantytown"-riddim "So Lang Die Sonne Scheint".

1) Mono & Nikitaman.
2) Real combination-style, watch their poses.
3) Mono listening to Nikitaman DJing and pulling up.

Very nice is a ride on the General Degree produced "Mutton Snappa"-riddim that brings an end to a very convincing set. Mono is one of the very few European top ranking female singjays, she can DJ, she can sing, and Nikitaman has a great delivery, thus it was no surprise that the massive got the encore they wanted so badly, kicked off by Mono sweet voiced singing to the melody of "Stairway To Heaven"(!!!), bursting into bashment for "Wozu Sind Wir Alle Hier?", followed by a Münster massive big up on the "Lalibella"-riddim, before asking visiting DJ Manu Ranking, who voiced Germaican's "World Report"-riddim alongside Dr.Ring-Ding with the tune "Wir Singen Für Geld", going three the hard way over the "Filthy"-riddim, the 1998 dancehall update of Hopeton Lewis' "Take It Easy". Great passing of the mic, nice (socially engaged and politically (anti-nazi) as well as party lyrics and nice flows finish off a great contribution by Nikitaman & Mono to Soul Shakedown Party's 9th Anniversary. Next year you probably will have to come early, to be assured of entrance to the 10th, even if it doesn't better, but 'only' equals this party. For more info on Mono, Nikitaman and Rootdown Records just click here.

1) Mono, waiting for the riddim to be kept low.
2) Manu Ranking starring alongside Mono & Nikitaman.
3) Mono and Nikitaman at full volume.
4) Captivating the crowd.
Text & Photos : Souljah

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