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Deep Roots Music

Synopsis
A history of Reggae and Rasta culture in six episodes. It explores the origins of Reggae in the music and dance of early Jamaican slaves, and the isolationist Maroon culture that maintained many African traditions intact in the face of colonialism. It examines the upsurge in Black consciousness that grew from the teachings of Marcus Garvey and found expression after Jamaican independence in the Rastafarian religion and Reggae music. Includes footage of performances by Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Lee Scratch Perry as well as interviews with cultural historians, folklorists and musicologists. Episode 1 was the third programme ever to be broadcast on Channel 4 in 1982.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2006
Year of production
1982
Notes
Broadcast in six episodes on Channel 4 beginning 2/11/1982 (the first day of Channel 4)
Subjects
Development studies; Music; Religious studies; Sociology
Keywords
cultural influences; Jamaica; music industry; poverty; Rastafarians; Reggae music

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
££17.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
310 minutes
Year
2006

Sections

Title
Rebellion
Synopsis
The first episode traces the history of Jamaican music from the transported slaves, through the religious cult groups of Jamaica to the birth of Reggae. It also looks at the current (1982) music industry in Kingston (Jamaica) and the history of sound systems and their "toaster" DJ’s.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Rankin Sounds
Synopsis
Episode 2 investigates the rise of the sound systems and their resident DJs and toasters (reggae rappers).
Duration
60 mins

Title
Bunny Lee Story, The
Synopsis
Episode 3 focuses on one man, Bunny Lee, famously described as the Al Capone of the Reggae business - also known as the Hit Man due to the numerous Reggae hits he has produced.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Black Ark
Synopsis
Episode 4 explores how the Rasta religion and philosophy created Reggae. Featured in the programme is Lee "Scratch" Perry, the man who was Bob Marley’s teacher for ten years and who brought Reggae to the world’s attention.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Money in My Pocket
Synopsis
Episode 5 explores the marketing of Reggae and the growing commercial awareness of the Reggae-music makers.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Ghetto Riddims
Synopsis
Episode 6 goes inside the slums and ghettos of Kingston (Jamaica) to see how Reggae music inspires the youth and gives hope to its poorest inhabitants.
Duration
60 mins

Production Company

Name

Mirus Productions

Distributor

Name

Channel 4 DVD

Phone
01273 202220
Fax
01273 426897
Address
c/o Lace International Ltd
38-40 The Old Steine
Brighton
BN1 1NH
 

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