May 16, 2013, at 11:39 pm

Talking Reggae

Many thanks to Marcus on the Pama forum for the heads up on this… Just up on youtube an edition of the London Weekend Show from January 1976 that looks at reggae. A lovely little feature with Carl Gayle, Junior Lincoln and Steve Barnard plus the mighty Fat Man Soundsystem – great stuff!

November 25, 2012, at 10:26 am

UK Sound Business

Check this superb documentary film that has been put up on youtube…

And if you enjoyed that check this; Java Sound at Notting Hill Carnival in the early 80’s featuring selector Jumbo alongside Rankin Dread, Clint Eastwood and General Saint.

Finally a short tribute to the recently deceased Duke Vin. RIP.

April 6, 2012, at 9:12 pm

Legends Of Ska

This documentary looks good, it’s been in production for a good while but it sounds like it’s coming together now.

September 15, 2011, at 8:11 pm

A West Kingston Wizard

A lovely little film here from Soul Of The Lion showcasing the late sound system pioneer Cyril Braithewaite AKA Count C.

Underrated. Count C, The Wizard of the West from Soul of the Lion on Vimeo.

For the full story you’ll have to pick up the latest issue (number 48) of Wax Poetics magazine but in the meantime check this article on the Dutty Artz web site from March.

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June 30, 2010, at 10:16 pm

A film called Jamdown

The noted Bob Marley expert Roger Steffens has described Jamdown as:

A melodic time machine that transports us magically to a time of massive creativity as reggae was emerging to the outside world. We see some of its most rootical exponents at the height of their powers. The film’s re-emergence after three decades is almost miraculous, and it should not be missed by anyone who cares about Jah Music.

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May 23, 2010, at 11:53 am

Reggae School

Thanks very much to Roliesoul for linking to these on the Pamaforum; the reggae episodes of the UK educational programme Rockschool from the early 80’s. These are pretty funny but also kind of good with contributions from Sly and Robbie and Dennis Bovell.

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March 29, 2010, at 9:53 am

Jamdown DVD

Just spotted on the Blood & Fire message board. Jamdown, a reggae documentary by Emmanuel Bonn previously released in 1981 only in France is getting a DVD release later this year courtesy of Featuring The Congo’s, Toots Hibbert and more, the preview definitely looks interesting.

March 1, 2010, at 10:41 pm

Video rewind

Many thanks to Ash for these clips from the last Rewind Mi Selectah! Check his youtube page for more.

For details of Rewind… nights check here or here for our other night Trash & Ready.

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January 16, 2010, at 8:29 am

A movie called Rockers

Vice website has an interview with Ted Bafaloukos, the man behind Rockers about the ground breaking film, and some quality unpublished photo’s of his from the time.

The picture on the right is one he took of Augustus Pablo in New York in 1974.

Thanks to Inyaki on the Pama Foum for the heads up.

December 25, 2009, at 8:59 am

Volcano Eruption

Due out in the new year from VP Records is a two CD and DVD retrospective of Junjo Lawes productions called Volcano Eruption. The tracklist doesn’t seem to have been published yet but the advert mentions the likes of Barrington Levy – Prison Oval Rock and Wailing Souls – Firehouse Rock so expect plenty of solid gold classics from the era.

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