Oh Wow this documentary just exposed some serious gaps in my Spotify playlists *sings* “Silly Gaaaaaa-aaaa-aa-aames”…
If like me you’ve grown up with Caribbean parents in the UK, it’s likely that at some point you would have been trying to hit the high notes of Janet Kay singing Silly Games or Sonia Ferguson’s Ooh Baby Baby. Both Lovers Rock classics!
I actually have vivid memories of curiously staring at my parents at some family do and wondering ‘how can they be dancing when they’re not moving?’. I asked my sister that once and she just looked at me and said ‘oh but they are, just reeeeeeeally slowly’. I guess they didn’t called it Lovers Rock for nothing.
Anyway view the trailer for the documentary below. I can’t wait for this! Thanks to Mad News for the heads up on this one!
Here’s the official blurb:
The STORY OF LOVERS ROCK is a feature length documentary tells the story of an era and a music that defined a generation in the late 70s and 80s. Lovers Rock is romantic reggae that was uniquely British. It developed from a small UK scene to become a global brand through the likes of UB40 and Maxi Priest
Lovers Rock was particularly influential to a new generation of black British young women and men who identified with this music that reflected their experiences. Female artists like Louisa Marks, Janet Kay, Brown Sugar, Carroll Thompson led a ‘girl power explosion in it’s early phase.
The music provided a coping mechanism against a backdrop of racial tension and riots across the UK as well as being a counterpoint to the male dominated ‘roots’ scene.
The film combines live performances with some of the Kings and Queens of Lovers Rock with comedy sketches, interviews and archive material.
Interviews include Denis Bovell, UB40, Levi Roots Linton Kwesi Johnson, Angie La Ma, Maxi Priest, Mykaell Riley, The comedy sketches are provided by the likes of Eddie Nestor, Robbie G, Wayne Rollins, Glenda Jaxson. Rudi Lickwood, John Simmit., Annette Fagon.