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The Story Of Lovers Rock: Brought to you by Legacy Film Festival and The Duke of York's Cinema, The Story of Lovers Rock followed by Q&A’s with Director Menelik Shabazz.


Lovers Rock, often dubbed 'romantic reggae' is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems.


Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. 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.


Interviews include; Denis Bovell, UB40, Levi Roots, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Angie La Mar, Maxi Priest, Mykaell Riley. The comedy sketches are provided by the likes of Eddie Nestor, Robbie G, Wayne Rollins, Glenda Jaxson.



'The Story of Lovers Rock'

+Q&A with dir. Menelik Shabazz


Duke of York's Cinema

Preston Circus



1:30pm - 3:30pm



£see box office



Dir: Menelik Shabazz (2011/96mins/UK)

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BRIGHTON 22 October 2011