Sunday, February 06, 2011

BBC4's Reggae Season Line up.....


Febaruary 11th, 2011, BBC4

BBC Four - Reggae Britannia (Documentary)
The acclaimed BBC4 Britannia series moves into the world of British reggae. Showing how it came from Jamaica in the 1960s to influence, over the next twenty years, both British music and society, the programme includes major artists and performances from that era, including Big Youth, Max Romeo, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jerry Dammers and the Specials, the Police, UB40, Dennis Bovell, lovers rock performers Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay, bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse and reggae admirers such as Boy George and Paul Weller.

The programme celebrates the impact of reggae, the changes it brought about and its lasting musical legacy.
(repeats 1:30-3:00am)

Four Sessions - Reggae Britannia (Barbican Concert)
Live concert filmed on 5th Feb. at the Barbican in London. Matumbi founder Dennis Bovell directs a house band for performances by guest artists including Big Youth, Ali Campbell, Dave Barker, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Dennis Alcapone with vocalist Winston Reedy, Ken Boothe, Brinsley Forde, Neville Staple, Pauline Black and Rico Rodriguez.
(repeats 3am)

Presenter of Edingburgh Reggae Concert
BBC Four - The Old Grey Whistle Test - Reggae Concert, Edinburgh Festival 1973
Live performance specially recorded for Whistle Test from the Reggae Concert at the Edinburgh Festival in 1973, featuring the Cimarons, Winston Groovy, Dennis Alcapone, the Marvels, Nicky Thomas and the Pioneers.(R)
The Cimarons - "Ain't No Sunshine"
Winston Groovy - "I'm A Believer"
Dennis Alcapone - "Cassius Clay", "Wake Up Jamaica"
The Marvels - "Jimmy Browne", "One Monkey" 
Nicky Thomas - "Is It Because I'm Black", "Love of the Common People"
The Pioneers - "Higher & Higher"

Nicky Thomas 1973

BBC Four - Rock Goes to College: The Specials
The student-taunting Specials perform at the Colchester Institute in 1979, playing hits such as Rat Race, Too Much Too Young and Gangsters, throwing tambourines at the bouncers and indulging in a little moon-stomping during a stage invasion. (R).

Febaruary 13th, 2011, BBC4

9:00-10:35pm  Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae
Documentary chronicling the coming-together of rocksteady's surviving vocal stars, including the Tamlins, U-Roy, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Judy Mowatt, Dawn Penn, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths, for a reunion concert celebrating a golden era of reggae. The film examines the genre's beginnings as tuneful, mellow music following Jamaica's independence from Great Britain in 1962, which became more politically charged as social unrest hit the streets due to an economic downturn in 1968.

10:35-11:35pm  Storyville: Rise Up - Reggae Star
Luciano Blotta's documentary following three young reggae musicians in Jamaica as they try to forge a successful career in a society where talent abounds and opportunity is scarce. Hoping to hit the big time are politically conscious ghetto youth Turbulence, upper-class dancehall artist Ice and country girl Kemoy. Part of Reggae season

11:35pm-1:05am  Babylon (Feature Film)
A Rastafarian garage mechanic in a tough London neighbourhood heads up a mobile DJ crew and prepares to compete in a sound-systems competition. However, he has to contend with racism, violence and crime, and his life begins to unravel as he loses his job, is harassed by the police under stop-and-search laws and his equipment is destroyed by angry neighbours. Drama, with Brinsley Forde and Karl Howman.

Febaruary 18th, 2011, BBC4

9:00-10:00pm BBC4 - Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Got Soul
A profile of Toots Hibbert, featuring an interview with the reggae musician and archive footage of his performances. The film traces his career from his early days as a singer in a Jamaican church to becoming a Grammy award-winning artist, and features contributions by Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Cliff, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Marcia Griffiths and Paolo Nutini.

10:00-11:30pm BBC4  - Reggae at the BBC
A celebration of reggae performances from the BBC archive, featuring footage from programmes including Top of the Pops, Old Grey Whistle Test and Later with Jools Holland. Acts include Bob Marley & the Wailers, Gregory Isaacs, Desmond Dekker, Burning Spear, Althea & Donna, Dennis Brown and Buju Banton.

11:30-12:30am BBC4 - Glastonbury 2010
Mark Radcliffe introduces coverage of a performance by veteran Jamaican reggae act Toots and the Maytals on the West Holts Stage. The band broke singles sales records in their home country throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, and cover versions of their hits by the Specials and the Clash led to them experiencing renewed popularity in the UK in the early 1980s.

12:30-2:00am BBC4 - Arena: Bob Marley - Exodus '77
Documenting influential reggae artist Bob Marley's relocation to London from Jamaica in 1977. The programme examines the lasting global influence of the singer's music and ideals and looks at how the city helped inspire him to write Exodus, one of his most important albums.

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