King at the Controls The King Jammy’s Story [Documentary] (2006)

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king jammys

Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James is one of central pillars in the creation of modern Dancehall as we know it today, and he also created and produced some of the most influential and enduring rhythms that are still get re-mixed and reused today.

Jammy started his a career as an apprentice under King Tubby and soon graduated as a formidable producer in his own right. By the latter half of the 1970s Jammy was releasing his own productions and had a number of high profile artists under his guidance, including Black Uhuru, Johnny Osbourne and many more.

Jammy practically single-handedly invented the digital dancehall genre when he launched ‘Under Mi Sleng Teng’ to unsuspecting Jamaican dancehall patrons, and eventually the world.

This documentary, made in 2006, charts the story of King Jammy with access to the man himself, as well as interviews with a wealth of artists from the 70s to the present day – including Wayne Smith, Elephant Man, Chaka Demus, Josey Wales, Ninjaman, Little Twitch, Bobby Digital, and many more.

This hour long film charts Jammy’s rise and covers his impact on reggae music, his productions, his studio, and also takes an extended look at the impact of his sound system and some of the most notable clashes he had.

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Bullwackie In New York 1981 (Wackies Rhythm Force) [Documentary]

wackies reggae

wackies reggae

If you doidn’t know already, Wackies is a highly influential reggae label that ran out of New York and was at the height of its powers in the late 70s and through the 80s, working with US and Jamaican artists alike, including Leroy Sibbles, Horace Andy, Love Joys, Jah Batta, Sugar Minott and many many more. Wackies went on to have a studio, label, and record shop all under the Wackies brand.

It was established and run by Lloyd ‘Bullwackie’ Barnes, and Barnes is still involved in re-issues from the Wackies catalogue, as well as working on the odd new release with collaborators.

The Wackies sound was distinctive, and had a focus on deep bass heavy rhythms, with cutting edge technology often used to layer on sound effects and create the signature Wackies style.

This documentary called ‘Bullwackie In New York’ was directed by Christopher Coy and is a fascinating hour long look at the Wackies family and how they became the most recognizable and influential reggae label in the USA during the 1980s.

It is full of great interviews, live shows, and studio footage, creating a great snaphot of the New York reggae scene.

Sound Business (Full Documentary)

Wow – this is incredible.

This is the full documentary made in 1981 in the UK and narrated by Mikey Dread. The film looks at the role of the Sound System in reggae and in UK culture in general, during a golden area for UK based Sound Systems.

It has particular focus on Sound Systems like ‘Young Lion’ Sound System, and ‘Sir Coxsone’ Sound System, with in depth interviews with the crew of each.

It’s packed full of rarely seen interviews with Lloyd Coxsone, a young David Rodigan (with moustache), and contributions from Sugar Minott, Trinity and many more.

This is well worth 40+ minutes of your life, so make some time for it and watch it below.

David Rodigan interview at Fabric in London (2012)

Great interview with legendary reggae selector and DJ, David Rodigan MBE. This interview took place at Fabric club in London in front of a live audience. It took place a few months after Rodigan received his MBE, and Rodigan talks openly and frankly about his long career in reggae, from broadcasting to clashing.

Rodigan talks at length, and passionately about music, the role of the sound system, the fine art of the selector, and talks at length about his own approach to creating dubplates and clashing.

Rodigan also relives some of his most memorable clashes and plays some of his favorite dubplates that he has used on opposing soundsystems, including his famous Ninjaman dubplate that was cut for the World Clash the day after Ninjaman came out of prison.

This is a great interview with an absolute reggae legend and is well worth investing a hour and a half to watch it all.

David Rodigan lecture (2012):

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David Rodigan has curated loads of reggae albums and released numerous mix albums that are always worth checking out.

Two vintage reggae videos – Prince Jammy live in the studio, and Charley Ace’s record shack

Charley Ace used to run the Swing A Ling mobile Record Shack – and this vintage clip shows Charley in action. Amazing stuff

This other vintage shows a young Prince (King) Jammy dubbing at the mixing desk in the studio, with Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee dancing around in the background among clouds of smoke.
Prince Jammy in the Studio: