Directed By: Stascha Bader Label: Blue Dolphin Region: 2 PAL Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen ROCKSTEADY THE ROOTS OF REGGAE DVD. IN STOCK. ON SALE NOW.Directed By: Stascha Bader Produced By: Valentin Greutert This documentary chronicles the coming together of the surviving vocal stars and studio musicians of Jamaica s Rocksteady era to record an album of their greatest 1960s hits to perform at a reunion concert and to tell their story. The Rocksteady era is considered the golden age of Jamaican music because it gave birth to Reggae a musical force which swept the world and whose greatest ambassador Bob Marley became a global cultural icon. From Rocksteady originated the prominent bass pulse sweet and soulful vocals and socially conscious lyrics that gave Reggae its power. The 1960s was a roller coaster decade in Jamaica which was transformed politically socially economically and culturally. Rocksteady singers gave voice to these events becoming like newspapers on the island. In Rocksteady The Roots of Reggae legendary artists including Rita Marley Stranger Cole Leroy Sibbles Marcia Griffiths Ken Boothe Judy Mowatt and Derrick Morgan tell stories about life and music making in Jamaica at that time. In 1962 the island gained its independence from Great Britain. There was celebration optimism economic growth and opportunity. Recording studios popped up all over Kingston competed for the best artists and produced an astounding number of songs many of which became hits there and overseas. The best known You Don t Love Me Anymore No No No Tide is High and Rivers of Babylon as well as 13 other famous songs are performed in the film. By 1968 Jamaicas economic bubble had burst and unemployed youths fought with police for control of the streets. As poverty violence and political upheaval spread Rocksteady songs became less about romance and more about the country s social problems.
- Artist: Stascha Bader
- Label: Blue Dolphin
- Genre: Reggae / Dub
- Weight: 0.3kg
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