STORY OF LOVERS ROCK (2011) marks Barbadian’s return to cinema #reggae #music #britain #race #loversrock

Barbados-born Menelik Shabazz is best known for his 1981 drama Burningan Illusion and the BBC docudrama Catch a Fire.

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THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK (2011) marks Shabazz’s return to cinema.

He describes the new film as a “fusion documentary“: “It looks at lover’s rock through interviews, comedy, live performance, dance and archive footage. It tells the story of its south London origins to success in Japan and becoming a global brand. In between, we look at the underground scene around the music – its intimate dance, the sound systems, and the social backdrop in the volatile era of the 70s and 80s – as well as the lack of mainstream success in the UK.”

There’ll be screenings of the Lovers Rock film coming up on April 16th at Olympus VIP and Israel Lovell Foundation on Saturday 21st at 6.30pm – at the same time for both evening’s presentations.

Though a primarily underground phenomenon, lover’s rock influenced pop acts such as the Police, Culture Club and Sade, and offered an antidote to the male-dominated space of Jamaican roots reggae, whose Rastafari iconography and political specifics were often alienating for many black Britons.

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Menelik Shabazz attended The London International Film School. BURNING AN ILLUSION (1981) – produced by the British Film Institute marked Shabazz’s cinema debut. This film won the Grand Prix at the Amien International Film Festival. It also won the lead actress Cassie Mcfarlane the Evening Standard Promising Young Actress Award in 1982. Since then Menelik published the BFM (Black Filmmaker Magazine) to help the next generation get access and information about the film and TV industry.

Lover’s rock became crucial to the formation of a black British identity during a politically and socially turbulent era.

Shabazz’s films chronicle the liberation movement of black people in different parts of the world.

His passion and unconventional approach to the genre of documentary films combined with excellent cinematography makes his works “Feel Good-Movies”, because he talks about righting the wrong of racial prejudice and the people who courageously fought against racial discrimination.

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