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Greenlit: Roots Reggae, Rasta & Rebellion, BBC4

Roots Reggae, Rasta & Rebellion (1 x 60′) – From the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, to the streets of Ladbroke Grove, West London, British rapper, poet and cultural commentator Akala tells the story of a golden period in the island’s musical history; they called it Roots Reggae and through artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Max Romeo, this message of revolution and spirituality resonated with the world over. By the end of the 1970s, both Rastafari and Roots Reggae were internationally famous. Its vibrations were felt here in Britain too, simultaneously providing a news service, a history lesson and a connection back to the motherland for many sons and daughters of Jamaican immigrants.

Today, the red, gold and green, the dreadlocks, marijuana and reggae music form part of the country’s enduring global image. Akala reveals how it all happened and, in the process, traces the roots of a culture in which he grew up, on a personal journey of discovery.

Channel: BBC2

TX: 2016

Source: BBC press release

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