The Movie: Lovers Rock (Trailer)

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.

Amongst many other things, I'm a 30-something contemplative Londoner making the daily commute between contentment and ambition.When not blogging, I'm using my talents for good as communications director at Gingerland and co-founder of Love Harlem.

5 Comments

  • Reply August 20, 2011

    B Ruth

    Interesting trailor. Takes me back to the carefree days when one could at least go to a dance, enjoy the music and feel uninhibited.

  • Reply September 24, 2011

    dirtyliltrucka

    I really really cant wait for this to come out. This takes me back to my childhood growing up in Battersea. I had some friends that had their own “sound system” and would do all the local parties and whatever event was going on at the community centre. Lovers rock ALWAYS FILLED THE DANCEFLOOR more than at any other time of the evening. My mum worked on british rail and had a load of west indian friends so all the weddings, birthdays or funerals i went to had more lovers rock than you could want for. Still got all my faves on vynil (remember that) CD and mp3, . Big Love Everyone

  • Reply September 26, 2011

    jane

    Harlem you rock, lovers rock music is back to see the film go to the website, http://www.loverrockthefilm.com

  • Reply October 6, 2011

    GARVIN BROWN

    I WAS MEANT TO GO ON SET TO GET SOME DIRECTING EXPERIENCE AS A BUDDING FILMMAKER AND ENDED UP IN FRONT CAMERA DI WHOLE DAY, THE EXPERINCE WAS GREAT, LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT, GREAT JOB MENELIK.

  • Reply October 7, 2011

    kae

    wow…..im one of the people who grew up hating this music….my sisters used to drive me crazy with it….sunday afternoons with david rodigan etc……I left England and moved to the U.S. years ago…and how i pine for that music now…learnt to appreciate it, love it. Miss janet kay, jean adebambo , carroll thompson etc….clearly my sisters were far more advanced than I. Over the years I’ve scoured stores when I’ve gone home for cd compilations of that stuff…what a time….I’ll find some way to see this movie…….

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