The Story of Lovers Rock

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Kush Films proudly celebrates Black History Month (October) with a special screening of the smash-hit film The Story of Lovers Rock


Black History Month is a dedicated time to reflect,  remember and connect with the past but it is also a time to celebrate and champion the achievements of the black race.


The Story of Lovers Rock is an entertaining and funny factual documentary about the birth, history and essence of Black British Reggae in the 1970s & ‘80s.

Join us for:

– DJ’s and networking in the bar  (7.30pm – 8.25pm)

– A special live Lovers Rock performance

– The Story of Lovers Rock film

– A special after-film Q&A with the director Menelik Shabbazz and guests as we discuss The Story of Lovers Rock.


Lovers Rock was the British made romantic reggae music that defined a generation in the late 1970s and ’80s.It was initially led and defined by female artists whose lyrics reflected the lives and experiences of many black British youths, though not exclusively. Lovers Rock was also about lifestyle, fashion and sensual dance. Close intimate dancing known as a ‘rub-up’, was the initiation into the world of embracing another and the sweetness of youthful love.  


Beyond the live performances from the “Kings and Queens of Lovers Rock” we understand how the music was created, the key players and the social backdrop, in the late ’70s and ’80s. The internal and external dynamics affecting its success and the limited impact on mainstream music. Underlying this is a portrait of the post Windrush generation. A generation that influenced and transformed British youth and mainstream culture as well as creating its own unique music genre. Through interviews and comedic reflections we gain insights into an era and generation not seen before on the big screen.


Contributors include: Janet Kay, Denis Bovell, Angie Le Mar, Dr. Lez Henry, Linton K Johnson & Ava Leigh. Comedic touch provide by: Eddie Nestor, Robbie Gee, Wayne Rollins & Glenda Jackson.

BBFC rating
12A
Year
2011
Running time
97 mins
Country
UK
Other features
DOC
Director
Menelik Shabazz

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October 12th