Movie: 'The Story of Lovers Rock'

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Mar 28 2014 - 6:00pm

The Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work and the Department of Literatures in English, UWI, Mona Campus present the screening of the Documentary, The Story of Lover’s Rock, a Film by Menelik Shabazz about the soothing romantic sub-Genre of Reggae that took a foothold amongst the Black Community in England. Key Jamaican contributors to this Genre were Sugar Minott, Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown

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Lovers Rock Synopsis
Lovers Rock, often dubbed 'romantic reggae' is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance- known as 'scrubbing'- at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets. Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40) These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history.

N1 - Neville Hall Lecture Theatre One,
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