Soul Jazz Records are presenting the classic reggae film Rockers (1978) in this rare one-off screening at Regent Street Cinema.
Of the trio of classic reggae films released in the 1970s – Rockers, The Harder They Come and Babylon – Rockers remains the coolest, hippest, grooviest and most fun of all.
Rockers stars Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace playing a drummer (!) living in a Kingston ghetto making plans to make some extra money by selling and distributing records. He buys a motorcycle to carry them to the sound systems around the island. Get ready for a whirlwind trip through the Jamaican music business – made into a fantastic gripping narrative featuring a host of legendary reggae superstars!
Filmed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1978, the film opens with a stunning sequence – Rastafarian musicians performing the classic Satta Massagana while a roots poet performs to camera. Featuring a mind-blowing list of reggae artists guesting or starring in the film – Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Lee Perry, Dennis Brown, Bunny Wailer, Third World, Big Youth, The Heptones, Robbie Shakespeare, Leroy Smart, Dillinger and Burning Spear – this really is the one to see.
The film also features the best ever scene in a record store you will ever see – forget Hi-Fidelity this is the real deal!
Unbelievably, fantastically entertaining film with a wicked soundtrack!
The film will be introduced by Stuart Baker (head of Soul Jazz Records) and also followed by a free pre-xmas reggae and funk DJ-set from Soul Jazz Records Soundsystem DJs in the bar.
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 100 mins
- Ted Bafaloukos
- Richard Hall, Leroy Wallace, Gregory Isaacs