16 May, 2021


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YardVibes Film: Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

Documentary about Jamaica’s most famous music label in May one-off to be seen on YardVibes
in collaboration with Melkweg Cinema and Reggae Vibrations

Amsterdam – On Friday, May 14, YardVibes, in collaboration with Melkweg Cinema and Reggae Vibrations, will host an exclusive online screening of Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records  (2020), the celebrated documentary about Trojan Records, Jamaica’s most famous music label. That day from 7pm, the film will be available for rent for 48 hours on YardVibes, a new streaming platform for independent African and Caribbean films. 

YardVibes Film: Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records
Date: Friday May 14, 2021, at 7pm (until Sunday May 16, 2021, at 7pm)
Location: Online at streaming platform YardVibes
Title: Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records
Director: Nicolas Jack Davies
Country: Jamaica and United Kingdom
Year: 2018
Length: 86 min
Language: English and Jamaican English (no subtitles)
Tickets: €7,50 via https://vimeo.com/ondemand/rudeboytrojanrecords (coming soon!)

Synopsis Rebel Dread
Between documentary and cinematic remake, the story of the most famous Jamaican music label is also that of the love affair of the young British working class with the rhythms that emerged in the ghettos of Kingston. The cultural impact of Trojan Records is undeniable and, especially in the United Kingdom, can be traced in the ska revival of the 2 Tone label, the Notting Hill carnival and in the expansion of the sound systems culture which in turn, would play a key role in the hip hop revolution and club culture. This film skilfully condenses the half century of history of the most important Jamaican music label, considered in its golden age to be “the Motown of reggae”. From the truck with which Duke Reid shunted his sound system by Kingston and that would give the name of Trojan to the original label to the years of apogee between 1969 and 1973 and the emergence of the “Trojan skinheads” in England in the image and likeness of the Jamaican “rude boys”, stopping by the most iconic recordings of the label by people like Dandy Livingstone, Lee Perry and The Upsetters, Toots & The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Bunny Lee, Derrick Morgan or Bob & Marcia, whose version of “Young, Gifted and Black” by Nina Simone would become the Caribbean “Black and Proud”. The best assets of the documentary reside in the archive of street dances and in the dramatizations of historical episodes such as the fascination that the rhythms of ska, rocksteady, reggae and dub would stir among many working-class white youths, sharing a dance floor with young people who came from the Jamaican diaspora when the furious anti-immigration discourse of conservative politicians such as Enoch Powell still resounded.