BBC Four, 1 x 60 mins, 2016.
“A timely and reassuring documentary about how music can lead to political change,” The Guardian
“The best, most intelligent programme on television this week,” The Observer
“Pick of the week,” Daily Mail and The Times
In the 1970s, Jamaica came alive to the sounds of roots reggae. British rapper, poet and political commentator Akala tells the story of this golden period in the island’s musical history, a time when a small group of musicians took songs of Rastafari, revolution and hope to the international stage.
Growing up in London, Akala’s family immersed him in roots reggae from an early age so he has a very personal connection to the culture. It has informed his own songwriting, poetry and political worldview, but it’s an upbringing that he now feels he’s taken for granted. In this documentary, Akala sets out to find out more about the music that has had such an impact on his life.
Commissioned by Jan Younghusband
Co-written and presented by Akala
Co-written, produced and directed by James Hale
John Gillanders – Editor
Emma Haskins – Production Manager
James Hayes – Executive Producer