Countryman was a film directed by the late Dickie Jobson, inspired by Bob Marley and The Wailers music and lyrics. The film itself is about a young American couple who crash-land their plane in Jamaica. A local fisherman(Countryman) rescues them and leads them away from the authorities, who have fabricated a story about the plane, involving drug and arms smuggling by the CIA, to gain popularity in an upcoming election.
Countryman himself was a friend of Bob Marley’s before the film was made and not many people realize that Countryman in the film was not an actor brought in for the film but he was more of an inspiration for the film along with Bob’s music.
I’m writing about this after speaking with his family friends in the last few days and can confirm that “Countryman is in ill health” and has been in hospital in recent days, “he can be reached directly at 876.373.3179 for any well wishes or contributions” i’m sure he would be happy to hear from his friends and fans at this time.
All prayers and thoughts going out to Countryman right now for a speedy recovery…
The passing of Bob Marley in 1981, yielded a decade in which roots reggae spread internationally from a small island in the Caribbean to the four corners of the world. At that time, an unprecedented number of Jamaican and international reggae artists were touring Europe and America, with little mainstream radio or television promotion. New York City, with its large Caribbean community, wealth of performance venues and world-class recording facilities, was at the center of reggae’s musical and cultural expansion, and was often the launching point for a U.S. tour. Reggae Strong documents this special era in the music’s development through original interview, concert, news and cultural vignettes.
Shot on location, throughout the tri-state area, the series is hosted by artists such as Black Uhuru, Third World, Lucky Dube, Alpha Blondy, Ziggy Marley, Maxi Priest, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, and Sly and Robbie. The News and Reviews section, featuring veteran radio personality, the Night Nurse, (Amy Wachtel), was videotaped at various cultural venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan, offer a unique view of a vibrant time and place in reggae history.
Distinguished by its lively magazine format and high-quality interviews and concert footage, Reggae Strong was videotaped at New York’s premiere world music venues, including S.O.B.s, the Ritz, the Beacon Theater, Kilimanjaro, Wetlands and Bay Street (Sag Harbor).
This groundbreaking series also went on location to England for a special program with Maxi Priest, covered notable events in Jamaica, including the celebrations for Bob Marley Day and the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990, and was the broadcast launching pad for the debut of South African superstar, Lucky Dube, in 1989. (Lucky subsequently wrote and recorded the hit song, “Reggae Strong,” in tribute).
Reggae Strong was originally shot on analog video, and has been digitized and uploaded in that format’s 4:3 aspect ratio, to preserve the program’s original specifications. Some of the ads, which retain the flavor of the time as well as the news sections, remain intact to reflect the era in which the series was produced. This first season of thirteen episodes, presents the programs in a sequential order (with a short preview of the next show’s content), but certainly can be viewed and enjoyed individually or out of sequence. If you’re a fan of classic roots reggae, step into this video time capsule and sit in on the cultural decade in musical history in which roots ruled. Previews for all programs are provided here and at steplivelyvideo.com.
A regular tv show like this could be called, “Reggae Week”, but reggae not weak…
Not Reggae, but a very relevant film made by legendary Reggae documentary maker Jermey Marre, this is one of several films he has recently made in this musical genre.
Big Bill Broonzy would inspire a generation of musicians, yet he was not the man they believed him to be. This first, very intimate, biography of the pioneering bluesman uncovers the mystery of who Broonzy really was and follows his remarkable and colourful journey from the racist Deep South to the clubs of Chicago and all across the world. With contributions from: Pete Seeger, Ray Davies, Keith Richards, Martin Carthy, John Renbourn and members of the Broonzy family. Broonzy’s own words are read by Clarke Peters.
Among the most unique talents to emerge from the Jamaican reggae scene of the 1980s was Eek-A-Mouse (born Ripton Joseph Hylton). With classic hits and an enduring influence among dancehall vocalists to his credit (Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley sampled Anarexol on the 2005 hit “Khaki Suit”), his legacy in the music is clear. The Mouse’s inimitable vocal style blended an unconventional melodic approach with rhythm and humor and helped define the term ‘singjay’. Eek-Ology is a collection of the hits and notable rarities including his first recordings (available for the first time since original release), many songs available on CD for the first time and in demand tracks appealing to fans and collectors. Other highlights include a four song John Peel session for the BBC from 1983 and multiple 12” mixes. Bonus DVD features a LIVE stage performance from Jamaica Sunfest 1982 plus additional bonus material.
DISC 1 CD TRACK LIST
1. Virgin Girl +
2. Once A Virgin +
3. Een A Moy +
4. Creation ++
5. My Father’s Land ++
6. No Wicked Can’t Reign ++
7. Noah’s Ark
9. Tell Them
10. Falling Heroes
11. Ganja Smuggling
12. Operation Eradication (12” mix)
13. Georgie Porgie
14. Do You Remember (12” mix)
15. For Hire And Removal (12” mix)
16. Christmas-A-Come (12” mix)
DISC 2 CD TRACK LIST
1. Sensee Party
2. Some A Holla, Some A Bawl
3. Neutron Bomb
4. Anarexol (12” mix)
5. Modelling Queen
6. Stadium Hot
7. Terrorist In The City
8. Wa-Do-Dem (BBC John Peel session) +
9. Hitler (BBC John Peel session) +
10. Assassinator (BBC John Peel session) +
11. For Hire And Removal (BBC John Peel session)+
12. Star, Daily News & Gleaner
13. Wild Like A Tiger
14. Taller Than King Kong
15. Rude Boys A Foreign
16. Tek Wey
17. Let There Be Night
DICS 3 DVD TRACK LISTING – Jamaica Sunfest 1982
1. Ganja Smuggling
2. For Hire And Removal
3. Neutron Bomb
Published: Wednesday | October 9, 2013 (Daily Gleaner)
Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
Music video director and publicist, Karl Durrant (pictured above), is gearing up for a series of major projects, though, at present, he is more focused on airing grievances he has with his counterparts who are cheapening the industry.
According to the director, the costs to direct videos in Jamaica are too low.
According to Durrant, who will be directing a documentary for the big screen entitled Reggae’s Next Chapter, in addition to starting an international chart show in a matter of weeks, music video production in countries such as the United States attracts very high prices.
In Jamaica, he says, the already low costs paid to a director are dwindling because of who he calls the “30-grand video man”.
“I will not hype them up by calling their names, but I will just say that no real director will accept 30 grand [$30,000] to direct, produce, shoot, and edit a music video unless he is mentally unstable or in dire need of food,” Durrant said.
The director and publicist says the practice is a reflection of the overall hustle approach taken by many local music industry practitioners.
The 23-year-old director says he has worked with artistes from several countries and their prices are vastly different from those doing identical work in Jamaica.
“I have represented 44 artistes from Jamaica, Europe, Africa, Japan, Canada, the United States, and all over the Caribbean. What I have found is that most of those territories bring a more formal approach to the business. I want to be an agent of change in that regard. PR companies in the US charge big money for the same services that we are practically giving away in Jamaica, and music videos cost anywhere from US$50,000 to US$300,000, so I am absolutely appalled that an artiste can say, ‘I can get a Jamaican to shoot a music video for US$300′,” he disclosed.
The director also lauded directors like Ras Kassa, Jay Will, Storm Saulter, Mycal Kushnie, Kritic, Scorpio 21, and Asha. All of these persons, he said, are trying to add some structure to the local film industry.
Durrant is executing the pre-production of Reggae’s Next Chapter, which he says will chronicle the life and work of eight of Jamaica’s most promising new reggae artistes.
He has also merged forces with Lamoy Higgins and New York-based 5Stars Recording Inc to produce a weekly international chart show, which will grace screens in Jamaica, the United States, Canada, Belize, Grenada, Spain, and online television.
“The 5stars Street Buzz Chart Show will present a credible, edgy, and high-quality reggae chart show that will quickly become the benchmark used to gauge who is really impacting reggae music in a major way, separating sensationalism from reality,” stated Durrant.
In 1982 Jamaican author and film maker Barbara Blake Hannah visited England, where she had lived from 1964-1972 and in that time become Britain’s first Black TV journalist — appearing each weekday evening on THAMES TV’s “Today Show with Eammon Andrews”, ATV-Birmingham and later working in production with BBC-TV’s “Man Alive” current affairs programme.
Now a Rastafarian, her view of England after her ten years absence is expressed through six interviews with Black and White Britons who give their views on the tragedy of negative race relations in England and the resulting rise in Rastafari views among Black youth.
Filmed in London and Birmingham, the film ‘Race, Rhetoric, Rastafari’ presents a case for racial harmony through understanding that all are Children of One God.
You can contact the film maker directly at www.reggaefilmfestival.com
We’re a bit late listing this one but better late than never!, this is a documentary that aired on the BIO channel last month. The Jamaican security minister Peter Bunting has been getting lots of flack in the JA media from taking part in this documentary and has been the subject of many news talks in Jamaica recently, some have suggested he resign! the controversy continues….
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
The biography of Kingston kingpin, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is to be aired on the popular documentary series, ‘Gangsters: America’s Most Evil’ at 10:00 p.m this Tuesday, July 9 on television stations in the United States.
Coke, renowned as the notorious leader of the international gang, the ‘Shower Posse’, who is now serving 23 years in US prison, will be featured in what Biography.com has tagged a ‘true story’.
Episodes will be also be aired on Wednesday, July 10 at 2:00am, Tuesday, July 16 at 9:00pm and Wednesday, July 17 at 1:00am.
Promoting the documentary series which examines America’s “most evil” gangsters, Biography.com has sought to entice prospective viewers to watch:
“Christopher Coke was the notorious leader of the international gang, the Shower Posse. His operation transported drugs to major US cities, sold them for massive profits, and purchased weapons on the black market to export back to his native country, Jamaica. “Dudus”, as he was known on the streets, used his criminal wealth and prosperity to win the hearts of his community and influence their political affiliations. Such power propelled him from a Kingpin to a political pawn, and when the US attempted to have the beloved gangster extradited, a civil war broke out to protect him,” notes the documentary promo.
Coke’s life story is being aired weeks after the Jamaican government announced plans to hold a Commission of Enquiry into what has become known as the ‘Tivoli Incursion’, resulting in the deaths of more than 70 people, during a joint military/police operation to arrest him.
In May, exactly three years after the 2010 incident, the government released a 14-point draft terms of reference which it says will seeks to ascertain, among other things, whether the then fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke had direct or indirect communication with government officials and the identity of these state personnel.
If it is established that Coke had engaged in dialogue with government officials, the commission of enquiry will seek to determine “by what means and for what purpose”.
The draft terms of reference was released by the Ministry of Justice.
Of note is the fact that the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party has not indicated a decision to take part in the enquiry, with its general secretary Dr Horace Chang calling it a waste of time and money.
Above article picture credited to: jamaica gleaner
A day in the life of Sledger, an elder Rasta farmer, first cousin and oldest friend of Bob Marley; filmed in 3-D in 9 Mile, Jamaica.
This is a new film project by film director Vic Love and let me tell you from personal experience that this is one of the best Jamaican made films i have seen in decades, i have only had the opportunity to see a preview od a working copy but it amazed me at how the film has captured the spirit of one man and remineds me of films like “Land of Look Behind. I hope all those who are able support this film via the newly launched Kickstarter Campaign. If you are unable to support financially by pre-booking a dvd or whatever else then please share the link if you have the time this will go a long way to help SLEDGER reach the goal and bring the film to the masses.
A quick note for the Bob Marley fans…. the film does shed light upon bob’s early childhood and talks to the man who was close to him as a child so you get to hear about a whole new side of Bob which you would not usually get to hear so the film is of interest to all those who love Bob aswell as us Jamaican film lovers. Please share and support as you are able. ONE LOVE (Reggae Films Archives)
JAMAICA’S FIRST 3-D DOCUMENTARY
A Tale of Loss and Triumph, Poverty and Paradise.
This is the day in the life of Hugh Creek Peart, aka “Sledger,” an elder Rasta farmer living in 9 Mile, the most beautiful, yet poorest
part of Jamaica where he has struggled to survive for over half a century. His story is similar to the hundreds of thousands of other
Jamaicans struggling to make ends meet, a life of poverty in paradise. Despite the plight of the many living in the small farming
village of Nine Mile, Sledger is quite unique: Born and raised in the same household with his first cousin and best friend, Robert Nesta Marley.
You can watch this trailer below on Youtube in 3D and HD.
This is also the story of 9 Mile, Bob Marley’s home village up in the breathtaking hills of St. Anne’s where simple farmers fight for
running water and education for their youth. Sledger recounts what it was like growing up in the 50’s and 60’s with Bob, his family
roots and the Rasta culture they found when they went to Kingston, which at that time was shunned, but now pervades every part
In the 50’s, all the village kids called Bob Marley, Skipper because they looked to him as their leader. Sledger followed Bob and his
Mom to Trenchtown, far away from home.Sledger was there with Bob as he rose to be a global sensation. But when Bob died,
Sledger was left without his friend, retreating back into the shadows, into his faith.
Sledger is featured in the 2012 Ziggy Marley produced Bob Marley documentary where he talks about growing up with Bob.
But this documentary is different. It is about Sledger and what his own life has taught him.
The unique experiences of Bob, Sledger and others– including Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh and dozens of Reggae greats– led
to a wealth of inspiration for songs dealing with the cultural, social, and political issues of time, many of which remain relevant today.
This documentary captures Sledger’s struggle, the intimate 3-D cinematography immersing you in the place and his story.
FILMING THE DOCUMENTARY
Principal photography on Sledger was completed in 2009, but his story has been curtailed due to the inability to afford completion
of post-production. Shot over an arduous 12 days with a two-person crew, isolated in remote parts of Jamaica with little or no
support, and using prototype 3-D equipment, Sledger is not only a labor of love, but a technical achievement.
That is where you play an important role in telling his tale– with an added dimension. WHY 3-D?
A one-of-a-kind subject deserves a special experience. When in professional hands, 3-D truly does enhance your visual experience
and enjoyment. In an environment such as Jamaica, the rich tropical backdrop, vivid colors and unique people make an even greater impact.
3-D film making has evolved to become an exciting and successful medium through innovations in technology and technique.
Since Sledger was filmed, cameras have become easier use., Real-time editing in 3-D is a reality, and the entire process–
from conception to finish– has been streamlined.
Stereo-based visual storytellers are now able to focus less on their equipment, and more on their subject.
This film holds the distinction of pioneering 3-D film making on a micro budget, and being the first of its type shot in Jamaica.
That’s me, Victor
The strong family and community bonds of Nine Mile were key to Sledger and Bob’s upbringing and survival. Kickstarter is an extension of those basic values, shifted into a digital age and on a global stage.
Collaboration is the key to success in any environment.
Through Kickstarter, thousands of individuals have found the moral and financial support to pursue their dreams, and share their ideas and stories with the rest of the world with just the click of a button.
WHERE THE FUNDING GOES
A minimum of $13k is needed to complete 3-D post-production and sound mixing and music licensing The music rights for several world-famous classics– 23 songs in total– need to be secured. Many of these songs not only involve Sledger directly but are key to driving the narrative of the film. $7k is required to license, assemble and mix the soundtrack. Another $6k is needed for 3D post production and finishing.
Sledger has found the unanimous approval and support of an industry-leading post-production facility in Hollywood. They have graciously offered to provide 3-D finishing services for a discounted rate. Many other established entertainment professionals who have also seen Sledger, believe in it. That gives us hope. We believe in Sledger, and we believe in you.
Being able to see the finished, final product is the best reward in itself. All donation levels receive a courtesy email. No amount is too small, and we are grateful for your support. You make this possible. From the comfort of your own home for only $20, you can watch the film on DVD in 2D, or in high-definition 3-D (hardware required) as a digital download. It’s cheaper than flying to Jamaica, trust us! Taking the next step up ($50) will allow to you to see Sledger on demand and on HD Blu-ray. Relive the sights, sounds and good people Sledger meets on his journey at any time! We will personally thank you in the film for a $500 donation, in addition to the VOD and Blu-ray package. Finally, for those aspiring to be producers, a $1,500 donation grants you Associate Producer credit in the film and on its IMDB page, in addition to making you a VIP for a private 3D screening of Sledger in Los Angeles, CA, or at a film festival it shows at (transportation and lodging not provided). The ultimate act of kindness is a $3,000 donation, making you a Producer on the film.
We understand that while some may want to contribute financially, not everyone can. In that case, you still play a very important role in promoting Sledger by keeping in touch with us through social media and other outlets. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers about the film. Even if you are not a fan of, or familiar with Reggae music, you must have heard the name Bob Marley at least once. Bob used his music to promote a message of justice, peace and unity. By simply mentioning the film to one person, you can help to tell Mr. Peart’s story and afford the community of Nine Mile a bright and shining moment. We appreciate you helping bring this 3-D documentary to the world. Thank you.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The filming of Sledger itself provided many challenges and hardships, but there are still a few rivers to cross.
The nature of 3-D requires a substantial amount of work, in comparison to a 2-D film. Cameras used do not process images exactly the same way: footage from one camera of a stereo pair must be color-matched and rotated to match the other. The “depth” (3-D) of each scene must be adjusted to avoid eyestrain on the audience, while providing a maximum visual impact. Unbalanced visuals will result in a poor experience for viewers. It is imperative that all of the technical issues are solved, and this requires addition to detail and occasionally more time than expected. The post-production team is only human, after all!
Music licensing provides a larger risk. Issues related to licensing popular songs– or the inability to do so– will require substitute music to be obtained and/or composed, quickly. Musicians may need to be hired and studio time purchased, to record an original soundtrack. License fees may be more expensive than originally estimated.
Coordinating with media manufacturers and distributors to have the film available on-demand and on disc in time to offer as rewards for investors and to make festival deadlines is both a challenge and risk. Manufacturing errors, delays and a lack of promotional material will affect the film’s availability to all. International shipping to certain countries/states may be difficult, with rewards arriving later than planned.
Having already successfully raised budgets and carried through on several professional projects for TV and film (from concept to distribution), all falling within budgetary constraints and meeting tight deadlines, I am prepared to accept the challenge and responsibility to create a finished product that investors and audiences will enjoy, and be proud of.
Please share this page URL around your social media network or the KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN URL to help support this film. THANK YOU ALL…. let’s hope SLEDGER 3D hits thier funding target and we see this film hit the big screen soon…