Thursday, September 25, 2014
The documentary film Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae is a musical journey to Jamaica's Golden Age of music, Rocksteady. The film features the music and stories of the legendary singers and musicians of the Rocksteady era. They come together after 40 years to record an album of Rocksteady hits, to perform together again at an All-Stars reunion concert in Kingston, Jamaica, and to tell their story. While everybody has heard the music of Bob Marley, the superstar of Reggae, few people know that it was Rocksteady that developed the buoyant rhythms, prominent bass pulse, soulful vocals and socially conscious lyrics that gave Reggae its power. This film features a mix of studio recording sessions at Tuff Gong Studios, rarely seen archival footage from the period and interviews with the performers at home or at places on the island that had had profound effects on their music and lives. In the spirit of Wim Wenders' BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, this lively documentary brings together legendary reggae artists for an exchange of music and memories. Hopeton Lewis, Stranger Cole, Ken Boothe, and many others trace the genre's roots to the mid-'60s an era when Jamaican ska began to give way to rocksteady and offer insights about the music's cultural and political impact through the ages.
ROCKSTEADY THE ROOTS OF REGGAE PART.1
ROCKSTEADY THE ROOTS OF REGGAE PART.2
ROCKSTEADY THE ROOTS OF REGGAE PART.3
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
With the rent due and his car booted, Sean (Dr. Dre) has to come up with some ends...and fast. When his best buddy and roommate Dee Loc (Snoop Dogg), suggests that Sean get a job busting suds down at the local car wash, the first order of business is impressing Mr. Washington (George Wallace) the gun-toting, dominoes-playing owner of The Wash. Unaware that the two are roomies, Mr. Washington hires Sean as Dee Loc's supervisor. Comic tensions flare between the two, especially when Dee Loc suspects Sean of trying to slow his roll with the side hustles he's got going on in the car wash parking lot...and with the ladies in the locker room. But there are bigger things to worry about at The Wash. One is the menacing phone calls from a disgruntled employee, and the other is figuring out how to get money to pay off the kidnappers who've snatched Mr. Washington! If Sean, Dee Loc, and the rest of the gang don't settle their differences and get Mr. Washington back, the good times at The Wash will soon come to an end
Diana, a young mom working at a shoe store meets two strippers, Tricks and Ronnie. They tell her that she should work at The Playa's Club for big money. The woman accepts and soon introduces her cousin into the club. Then she finds out that her cousin is doing housecalls which Tricks bribed her to do. One day Diana returns to her house after almost being raped by an obsessed fan and finds her cousin sleeping with her ex-boyfriend. She kicks her cousin out and starts dating Blue, a DJ at the club. They go out one night and Diana's cousin calls asking her to pick her up from a bachelor party. Diana refuses and soon after her cousin is raped. Now she has only one option, to put Tricks in her place.
THE PLAYERS CLUB
A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Two films are included on this reggae-filled DVD. The first, BIG LEAGUE REGGAE, features a live performance from reggae stars Thriller U, Dennis Brown, John Holt, and Gregory Isaacs. The second, ROCK STEADY REUNION, features Marcia Griffiths, the Clarendonians, John Holt and the Tamlins, and several more.
BIG LEAGUE REGGAE
ROCKSTEADY REUNION 1992
Reggae superstar Lucky Dube and his band take the stage to deliver infectious roots rhythms to the people in this fiery live concert performance filmed in South Africa. Lucky Dube presents his message of liberation and social justice in uplifting and unforgettable songs such as "Truth in the World," "House of Exile," "War and Crime," "Back to My Roots," "I've Got You Babe," "Reggae Strong," "Remember Me" and many more.
LUCKY DUBE LIVE IN CONCERT
This DVD captures the last ever performance of the legendary Freeze set. This is the one that started the whole Freeze craze. Filmed Tuesday, January 18th, 2000 in Los Angeles, this film is now the only way to capture the original Freeze magic as DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist will never spin this set again. The DVD also features highlights from supporting DJs: Marvski, Dante, Nu-Mark, and Z-Trip.
Monday, September 8, 2014
In Jamaican patois, a gangster is a "shotta" or "shot-caller." Like The Harder They Come and Third World Cop. In the tradition of Scarface and The Harder They Come, Shottas is an unapologetic raw urban drama about two young men, Wayne (Spragga Benz) and Biggs (Kymani Marley), who grow up together on the tough and dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica. As young boys, they begin a life of crime, eventually moving to the U.S., where they begin a ruthless climb from the bottom to the glittering top of a criminal enterprise in a Miami filled with fast cars and gorgeous women. The two men remain fiercely bound by their shottas loyalty as they aggressively take control of the Jamaican underworld.
Violent gangster action set in LA and Kingston, Jamaica, from director Trenten Gumbs. When West Coast drugs baron 'Diamond' Mitchell (Samuel Marshall) is exposed by his wife as a criminal during their divorce proceedings, he finds himself in trouble with his partners in the Jamaican Yardies and the Mafia.
The Real Revolutionary, the Dancehall King, the Spiritual Warrior... Anthony B presents a stunning performance at the 1st Annual Reggae Rising Music Festival in Humbolt County, California. This live performance is masterfully woven together with exclusive interview footage. This nighttime performance is set on the legendary California Redwood Forest, and was captured using 8 HD cameras, and 48 tracks of audio - which have been remastered into stunning Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. If you are an Anthony B fan, or a fan of Dance Hall in general, don't miss this show! You will not be disappointed.
Tracks: 1. Hurt Mi Heart 2. God Above Everything 3. Fire Pon Rome 4. Row Mr. Fisherman 5. Trigger Happy Cowboys 6. Good Cop 7. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now 8. Smoke Weed Every Day 9. Higher Meditation 10. Water Pumpee 11. Tease Her 12. Raid Di Barn 14. In Time of Trouble.
ANTHONY B LIVE AT REGGAE RISING