A Story of Reggae in the UK

A Story of Reggae in the UK

A performance project to tell the story of the development of reggae in the UK through words, music and film

Unfortunately, this project was not successful

This is a music-based project, supported by words and film, to take audiences on a  journey to understand and appreciate the essence of reggae on a timeline from the 1950s to the 1980s, its importance in African-Caribbean culture and heritage, its place in the social and political context of the time and its contribution to the development of the music scene in the UK.  It will be presented initially in Newcastle and Liverpool,  with the intention of developing the work and rolling it out across the rest of the north and then nationally.  With initial ideas also from artist and promoter Maurice Dezou on behalf of Waka Waka Africa North East, this work will be presented by internationally- renowned dub reggae performer Dennis Bovell, in association with the Stone Roots band,  and input from poets Benjamin Zephaniah and Lynton Kwesi Johnson. The show will be supported with narrative and film projection of archived footage.