Afrika Eye are delighted to bring you this special TV preview of Roots Reggae Rebellion as part of the BBC’s Black And British season celebrating the achievements of black people in the UK and exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain.
In the 1970s Jamaica came alive to the sounds of Roots Reggae. British rapper, poet and political commentator Akala tells the story of this golden period in the island’s musical history; a time when a small group of musicians took songs of black power, revolution and Rastafari to the international stage. The documentary explores the music’s origins in Jamaica where it offered hope to ordinary people in times of immense political struggle, helping to unite the country in a period of near civil war. Akala unlocks the evolution of Roots Reggae and reveals how it became a cultural lifeline for young black people in Britain struggling for their civil rights. His own youth was spent immersed in Roots Reggae culture and in this documentary he sets out to discover its story, one that has informed his own music, poetry and world-view.
The screening is followed by a panel discussion led by UWE’s Dr Shawn Sobers.
Director: James Hale
UK, 2016, 60 mins, English
£6.50 full / £4.50 concessions