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‘Jamdown’: Legendary reggae film from 1980, watch it now!
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The Congos
reggae Toots and The Maytals

The good folks over at See Of Sound have uploaded Jamdown, described as “the holy grail of reggae films”, to their Youtube channel. Reggae fans rejoice.

Jamdown takes you on a journey back to 1980, straight into the heart of the Jamaican reggae scene, following legendary reggae artists Toots Hibbert and The Congos. The film, shot in 1980, had a limited release in France and therefore remained undiscovered by the rest of the world. Since its initial release almost 30 years ago, Jamdown has become what reggae footage collectors often refer to as “the holy grail of reggae films” due to its rarity and the difficulty in finding an original copy of the film. The film contains some of the only known early footage of The Congos, performing tracks from their legendary ‘Heart Of The Congos’ LP, which was produced by Lee Perry at the Black Ark studios at the height of their career. For the first time in almost 30 years, this film has finally been made available to own on DVD. ‘Jamdown’ contains some of the most electrifying live reggae footage ever captured on film, and we hope you enjoy this legendary film as much as we do.

Here’s Jamdown in its entirety. This is deeply rootsy.

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Jamdown:  The Holy Grail Of Reggae Films

Jamdown, the holy grail of reggae films is finally coming to DVD.  Other than a screening this past July 17th in London, this French documentary, directed by Emmanuel Bonn, hasn’t been shown theatrically or made available in any form since it was briefly released in France in 1981. Jamdown is essential viewing for anyone who loves reggae

Reggae historian Roger Steffens has described Jamdown as:

[...] a melodic time machine that transports us magically to a time of massive creativity as reggae was emerging to the outside world. We see some of its most rootical exponents at the height of their powers. The film’s re-emergence after three decades is almost miraculous, and it should not be missed by anyone who cares about Jah Music.

The film features some thrilling footage of The Congos and Toots And The Maytals recording at Lee ‘The Upsetter’ Perry’s legendary Black Ark Studios.

The Jamdown DVD hits the streets this Tuesday, July 27.

Watch the trailer for Jamdown after the jump…

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