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‘Rude Boy: The Trojan Story’ kicks off Reggae Films in the Park series

Published:Wednesday | February 6, 2019 | 6:59 AM
‘Coelcuirt Jamaica’, a musical travel documentary by an Irish TV company, features poet Mutabaruka.

With more than 150 reggae festivals being held globally each year, and the fans of artistes who perform at them wanting to know more about them and their music, film-makers have been producing documentaries that introduce the artistes, tell their stories, and share their music, creating a new genre of films now labelled ‘reggae films.’

Some of these films will be screened over three nights, February 8, 15 and 22, at Emancipation Park, St Andrew, during February’s Reggae Month activities.

Films to be screened at the event, dubbed Reggae Films in the Park, will include the premiere ofRude Boy: The Trojan Story, which shares the history of the record label that introduced Jamaican music to Britain;Reggae In Goa, about the city in India that hosts the newest of the global reggae festivals;Legends of Ska, one of the many films about the famous artistes of this genre; andCoelcuirt Jamaica, a musical travel documentary by an Irish TV company featuring Freddie McGregor, Alpha Boys Band, the Jolly Boys mento band, Maroon chieftainess Sister Gloria, and poet Mutabaruka.

Reggae films, a JIS release states, take viewers into the communities where the music was born and nurtured, and on stage to see and hear performances by artistes of all sectors – ska, rockers, Rasta roots, blue beat, rocksteady, lovers’ rock, dancehall, and the branches of hip hop and dub poetry that are all parts of the vibrant reggae culture. These films all share stories of Jamaica’s past and present to show the roots from which the culture has arisen.

A special feature of Reggae Films In The Park will be the screening of Jamaica’s first music video, Desmond Dekker’s007 Shanty Town, made in 1967 by Perry Henzell, who went on to makeThe Harder They Come. Other special features include screenings of award-winning Reggae Film Festival short films by Jamaican film-makers.

The acclaimed documentary Marley by Kevin McDonald will also be shown at the event.

Reggae Films in the Park is produced by the Ministry of Culture, Gender and Entertainment and Sport in collaboration with the National Library of Jamaica and the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association.