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This is Brad Klein’s directorial debut. Klein has over 30 years of passion and dedication to Jamaican music as the "Reggae Explosions" disc jockey on WICB-FM; PR and publicity at RAS Records; inventor/producer of Reggaerobics and The World Beat Workout; Steady Rock Sound Syndicate deejay; Host of the Ska radio show "Rude Radio" on 770-AM KUOM; and as an instructor and guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota and Perpich Center For The Arts. He is the producer and promoter of the Legends of Ska concerts in Toronto and executive producer, director and writer of Legends of Ska documentary film.
August 2, 2014Film
Legends of Ska celebrates the music, culture and enthusiasm of Jamaica as a newly independent nation more than 50 years ago. The film chronologically explores the history of the times and the island’s musical impact worldwide.
In the spirit of the Buena Vista Social Club and 20 Feet From Stardom, this documentary focuses primarily on the years 1962 to 1966 by interspersing vintage and contemporary concert footage, authentic tourist 8mm home movies, photographs, newsreels, artifacts and rare interviews, all of which illuminate the facts and myths surrounding the music. Ska was Jamaica’s first popular musical export, which sprang from the jazz clubs and dancehalls of Kingston to spawn a worldwide dance craze. Without ska, there is no reggae.
Legends of Ska will be followed by a Q&A with Brad Klein (director), Herman Sang (piano), Jo Jo Bennett (horns), Bobby Gaynair (alto sax) and Roy and Yvonne (singers).