Meet Shama, the Haitian-American Producer Behind Rihanna’s Smash Hit “Man Down”

March 15, 2012

His Tag “Sak Pase” is the first thing you hear on most of his musical masterpieces. Born in Fort Lauderdale, FL on June 24, 1982, Sham aka Shama Joseph currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Sham currently works out of Penthouse Recording studios in the cultural rich Downtown Auburn Avenue district of Atlanta, GA.

Growing up as a pastor’s son, and Haitian mother who also signed him up for piano lessons at a young age, Sham became very musically balanced. Sham played the keyboard, and bass guitar in his father’s church for years before deciding that he wanted to officially become a producer. Sham also goes by “ShamRock” Although not his biological brother, Shama considers his partner Maurice “Verse” Simmonds his older brother.
Verse Simmonds and Shama “Sham” Joseph (collectively known as “The Jugganauts”). Sham is managed by Jules Dougall and Mark “Biddy” Barnes and is represented by his best friend of 20 yrs Ricardo O. Bernard Esq. Sham works closely with Akons younger brother Bu Thiam (VP Def Jam, Co-Ceo Konvict Music/JIVE, CEO Bu Vision

Sham has worked with Grammy award winning songwriter Nate Walka (Blame It, Say Aah, Drummer Boy, Grammy nominated songwriters Rock City (Jennifer Hudson, PCD, Mario, Justin Bieber).

Sham cites Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre,Timabaland, Phil Spector, Wyclef Jean, Jerry Wonda, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, and Swizz Beats as his musical influences.

His first project was Capitol recording Aksents’ International album, which was released exclusively in Japan and received Gold selling status. After his early success, in 2007, Sham signed first publishing with Reverb Music Publishing based in the UK. The CEO flew out to meet Verse and Sham (Collectively known as the Jugganauts). Just a few weeks later the CEO died.

Rihanna “Man Down” – Produced by Shama “Sham” Joseph and written by Shama Joseph, Timothy & Theron Thomas and Shontelle Layne. The reggae-tinged tune “Man Down” tells the story of a young woman who guns down a man and is seeking some forgiveness for her actions.

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