Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music [BBC Documentary]

“Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music” was an impressive documentary made by director Mike Connolly for the BBC.

It was originally shown in 2002 and the documentary traces the evolution of Reggae Music from Mento and Ska, all the way up to Roots, Dub, and Dancehall. The film traces the story of how Jamaica conquered the world through its music. With interviews and commentary from reggae legends this is well worth investing some of your time in watching.

Interviews include Buju Banton, Shaggy, Sly and Robbie, Capleton, Max Romero, Bunny Wailer, Jimmy Cliff, Gregory Isaacs, and many many more.

The documentary has been hard to find in recent years, and doesn’t get too many repeats, so it was with great pleasure that we found it had been made available to watch online. We have aggregated it into 3 parts below……so enjoy!

1/ TRAIN TO SKAVILLE
The early roots of reggae music, and its rise to popularity. How the music was used to recount experiences and songs of social commentary were written. In the sixties immigration from Jamaica to the UK increased and brought Jamaican music. Ska picked up a white fan base. The programme also covers both the music scene and the social climate in Jamaica during the sixties. By the end of the sixties reggae had established itself as mainstream pop music in Britain, and was increasingly recorded in this country by Dandy Livingstone, Eddy Grant and Greyhound etc.
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music Part 1 – Train to Skaville

2/ REBEL MUSIC
A look at reggae in the 1970s, when, ten years after independence from Britain and the harsh economic conditions were taking their toll, the disillusioned and dissatisfied Jamaican youth channeled their anger into roots music. The era gave rise to Bob Marley, the country’s first superstar, Lee “Scratch” Perry, reggae’s most notable producer, and King Tubby, who popularised ‘dub’, the remixing of existing records. In Britain, black youth latched on to the roots sound to create their own version, Brit reggae, with bands such as Steel Pulse and Aswad emerging.
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music Part 2 – Rebel Music

3/ INNA DANCEHALL STYLE
Examines the progression of reggae after the death of Bob Marley, including the start of dancehall. In America reggae had a connection with hip-hop and DJ Shabba Ranks saw his popularity rise and fall. Looks at how Jamaican street styles have achieved a dominance in Britain and the rise of New Roots in Jamiaca.
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music Part 3 – Inna Dancehall Style

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Jesse Royal in Zimbabwe (Videos and Interviews)

Jesse Royal and the Xterminator Productions Team recently visited Solomon’s Goldmine, Zimbabwe. Jesse Royal (‘Di Royal One’) performed alongside Reggae veterans Cocoa Tea and Fantan Mojah in 2 shows. The first show of the ‘Lion Lager Beer Reggae Festival’ was held in the capital, Harare and the second in the major city of Bulawayo. The 2-day reggae festival was attended by over 20,000 excited Zimbabweans.

Jesse Royal and the crew put some videos together to document their tour and the time they spent in Africa which you can watch below:

Part 1 is short but entertaining and informative and includes a reasoning with legendary guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith which takes place just outside the Zimbabwean Airport.

Bonus footage of Jesse Royal during transit to Zimbabwe. Includes clips from Panama City, Sao Paulo Int’l Airport and Johannesburg Int’l Airport. Also includes cameos from reggae artist Fantan Mojah.

Jesse Royal in Zimbabwe: Monomotapa, Solomon’s Goldmine

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Matchbox Riddim (Macrobeats)

matchbox riddim

Brand new – this is the Matchbox Riddim from Macro Beats. This is a slick production with a very commercial sound.

The riddim features Million Stylez, Unga, Gappy Ranks, and more.

The Matchbox Riddim is available for download now from iTunes [US]icon / iTunes [UK] / Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk

Matchbox Riddim Playlist:

Matchbox Riddim Mix:

01 – MILLION STYLEZ – GIVE THANKS
02 – GAPPY RANKS – WHEN YOU CRY
03 – CHEVAUGHN – CALLING OUT YOUR NAME
04 – ONTON – FORWARD (PRESS GAS)
05 – RAPHAEL – HOLD ON TO THIS LOVE
06 – KEERA ROOTZ – AGAINST ALL ODDS
07 – ICEMAN – GIVE ME A TRY
08 – ASANTE AMEN – PRAISES
09 – UNGA – REAL LOVE
10 – KG MAN – CALL ME NOW
11 – JULIA LENTI – FORGIVE ME
12 – MATCHBOX RIDDIM INSTRUMENTAL

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The Matchbox Riddim is available for download now from iTunes [US]icon / iTunes [UK] / Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk

Heart & Soul Riddim (Notice Productions)

Heart & Soul Riddim from Notice Productions

This is the brand new dancehall riddim from from Notice Productions, called the “Heart & Soul Riddim”.

This is a chopping roots style riddim that features Future Fambo, Jah Cure, Busy Signal, Million Stylez, and many more.

The Heart And Soul Riddim is available now for download from iTunes [US]icon / iTunes [UK] / Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk

Heart & Soul Riddim Playlist:

Heart and Soul Riddim Mix:

The Heart And Soul Riddim is available now for download from iTunes [US]icon / iTunes [UK] / Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk

Reminisce Riddim (Hot Edge) [Lutan Fyah, T.O.K, and more]

reminisce riddim

Hot Edge Productions have just released the “Reminisce Riddim”.

This riddim sits somewhere between dancehall and roots, with a slow and hypnotic drum beat that runs throughout. Some great tracks from T.O.K, Red Rose, and Lutan Fyah on the riddim so far.

You can download the Reminisce Riddim now from iTunes [US]icon / iTunes [UK] / Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk

Reminisce Riddim Playlist:

Reminisce Riddim Mix:

You can download the Reminisce Riddim now from iTunes [US]icon / iTunes [UK] / Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk

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