Monday, November 12, 2007

"Aquarius": 1976 UK TV Documentary About UK Reggae and Rasta

Dubroom (DUB) Reggae Video Review

WWW, November 2007 - It took the makers of this excellent documentary several months to produce their report on the UK Reggae scene in 1976.

Originally, the documentary was aired on UK TV as part of a documentary series called "Aquarius". It's therefore no surprise, that the presenter introduces the video with a plea to integrate Rastafari and Reggae Music into what he calls "the British way of life".

Of course, lots can and must be said about slavery, about the means by which this "British Way of Life" came into existence in the first place, and obviously it has to be mentioned how Babylon System transcends the borders of that island in front of the European continent.

But that is done in the documentary itself. By the people themselves.

The video opens with some sights and sounds from the Nottinghill Carnival of that year, which was the scene of a massive uprising of the people against the downpressors of the System.

We'll meet up with singers like Delroy Washington who play with a band and MC's such as Sir Coxsone who play the sound on a massive Sound System. All the time, the descriptions of what's going on contain references to the Bible and other spiritual elements that are so much part of Reggae and Rasta Culture.


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