See It Ya: Four Jamaican Music Documentaries You Haven’t Seen

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July 20, 2012


Portraits of Jamaican Music (1998)



[Click the video to watch on YouTube]. Beginning with archival footage of Jamaica’s independence celebrations in 1962, Portraits Of Jamaican Music features appearances and interviews from Jamaican music pioneers including the late Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett and Johnny โ€˜Dizzyโ€™ Moore of the Skatalites, along with one Sister Ignacius of the Alpha Boys School, home of the Alpha Brass Band (alumni of which includes Tommy McCook and Don Drummond). The cinematography could be a little stronger, but this movie’s clearly had a lasting impact: it led director Pierre-Marc Simonin to form the Jamaica All Stars, a still-active band of pioneering reggae/rocksteady musicians and singers that included the late Justin Hinds. (Spotted at The Malaika).