FilmGordon Radio | Menelik Shabazz (Episode 183)

This week on the BIG show, Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon, we’ll sit down with British film director, Menelik Shabazz who will discuss his latest project, the documentary, The Story of Lovers Rock.

The Story of Lovers Rock, often dubbed “romantic reggae” is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 1970s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance- known as ‘scrubbing’- at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets.

Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40) These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history.

Plus, we’ll recap the Spring Movie season and review the latest films including Pain and Game and The Big Wedding. We’ll have all that and more on Episode 183 on Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon, this Thursday afternoon beginning at 1pm on

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