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Babylon, directed by Franco Rosso is a 1980 classic filmed on the streets of Deptford and Brixton, London.

Babylon follows the young reggae DJ Blu of the Ital Lion sound system as he pursues his musical ambitions while also battling fiercely against the racism of employers, neighbours, police and the National Front.

The pattern that resonates in the 1985 reggae hit by Wayne Smith, Under Mi Sleng Teng, came from Casiotone MT-40, which went on sale in 1981, the first product Hiroko Okuda worked on after joining the Tokyo-based company behind G-Shock watches.

Musical Youth’s “Pass the Dutchie” wasn’t entirely original, but it wasn’t an out-and-out cover either. Because of their young age – the members were all aged between 11 and 16 at the time – the group took the foundation of The Mighty Diamonds’ marijuana-referencing “Pass the Kouchie” and changed the lyrics to something more family-friendly.

Originally conceived as a documentary about the late 70s scene, Rockers is a full-length feature made by Bafaloukos in Jamaica and staring a number of well-known reggae singers and musicians, from the drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace to Winston Rodney of Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth and Jacob Miller.

Dub reggae’s deep roots can be traced back to 1967, when King Tubby inadvertently invented the sound while cutting a test instrumental version of a reggae track.

His early dub experiments, which were usually the B-side of a single, essentially defined the genre.


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