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Options March 19, 2019: DENNIS BOVELL (Matumbi) & BRINSLEY FORDE (Aswad) on the 1980 film BABYLON
Dennis Bovell & Brinsley Forde discuss the first U.S. theatrical release of Franco Rosso's 1980 British film "Babylon" starring Forde as a dancehall DJ in Thatcher-era South London pursuing his musical ambitions while battling the xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police and the National Front. Written by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) with cinematography by two-time Oscar winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields/The Mission), the incendiary film is set to a reggae, dub and lovers rock score by Bovell. Special thanks to Gabriele Caroti (Seventy-Seven) and Jonathan Hertzberg (Kino Lorber) for arranging this interview! Check Kino Lorber's site for screenings near you.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Images Approx. start time
Dennis Bovell  Living In Babylon   Options Babylon  Takoma  1980   
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Dennis Bovell  Beefy's Tune   Options Babylon  Takoma  1980   
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I Roy  Whap'N' Bap'N   Options Babylon  Takoma  1980   
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Brinsley Forde  Lion Lion   Options Babylon  Kino Lorber/Seventy-Seven  1980   
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Music behind DJ:
Aswad 
Warrior Charge   Options Babylon  Takoma  1980   
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DENNIS BOVELL & BRINSLEY FORDE  INTERVIEW   Options Babylon  Kino Lorber/Seventy-Seven  2019  kinolorber.com/film/view/id/3315 
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Dennis Bovell  Manhunter   Options Babylon  Takoma  1980   
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DENNIS BOVELL & BRINSLEY FORDE  INTERVIEW   Options Babylon (1980 UK Film)  Kino Lorber/Seventy-Seven  2019  kinolorber.com/film/view/id/3315 
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Listener comments!

  Tue. 3/19/19 7:03pm prudy:

need to see if I can screen this film!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:04pm Linda Lee:

Hello Mr. Levins! brillliant!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:06pm Linda Lee:

you kids might not remember what an incredible revelation reggae was for young white folks in the late 70s - early 80s. stunning and new. would have loved this film!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:06pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Killer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:06pm Your Ace From Exchange Place:

Greetings!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:07pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Web, mon! www.kinolorber.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:08pm Linda Lee:

leave it to kino lorber!
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:08pm prudy:

but us white kids grew up with motown and Soul Train!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:10pm Linda Lee:

sure! but soul train & motown didn't approach reggae consciousness. another vibe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:11pm common:

Cool
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:11pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

They were into Motown in Jamaica too.
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:12pm prudy:

true, but it was recognition that the music wasn't just about white guys
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:12pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- which doesn't gainsay LindaL.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/19 7:13pm ultradamno:

@ Revolution Rabbit Nov63 Yeah, I always thought Desmond Dekker had that flavor to his work.
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:13pm prudy:

nope
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:15pm Linda Lee:

funny though ~ 60s & 70s hit radio had no racial segregation music-wise ~ that was over ~ but in the late 70s you had to know someone who knew reggae to hear it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:16pm Linda Lee:

i heard reggae because one of my loft mates was from London!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:17pm Krys O.:

Dennis Bovell is a LEGEND!
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:18pm Marie:

Wow, I want to see this movie. I need checked out Devon's playlist before--love the aesthetics. Hi all :>) In terms of the dna test of cult leaders, I think pathological self-centeredness would be something to look for and it really is like icky white man on steroids.
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:19pm Marie:

"need" = "never"
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:20pm prudy:

right marie, its called biological lack of empathy
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:21pm Marie:

@ prudy: right, that explains so much
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:22pm Marie:

psychopaths----scary....
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:22pm prudy:

heard about this time in UK via The Clash, Linton Kwesi Johnson, via Hanif Kureishi, and there is a UK reggae/ska band who have been around forever..name I can't recall
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:23pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Amazing.
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:24pm prudy:

also, how could I forget... Stuart Hall.
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:32pm prudy:

Billy Bragg also
Avatar Tue. 3/19/19 7:34pm slugluv1313:

i have GOT to see this film!
i remember hearing/reading about it way back then . . . was already heavy into reggae . . . WHBI (i think in Newark?) had Earl Chinn and another reggae DJ (i am embarrassed that i am spacing out in his name!) . . . a bit later DJ Scratchie had a very late night show too . .
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:39pm Krys O.:

@slugluv, I listened to the reggae show on WNYU when I was in high school. I used to call in requests.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/19 7:40pm slugluv1313:

@ Linda Lee -- i think Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" and Dave and Ansil Collins' "Double Barrel" were my introduction to reggae when i was in grammar school/junior high . . . then "The Harder They Come" . . . and i believe it was Lester Bangs (who even as a kid, i thought was kind of a jerk) did a series of articles about the recording studios in Jamaica . . . i wanted to go live there (right? some goofy white kid from the NJ suburbs?!!)
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:42pm Marie:

Devon puts on a fine show, reggaelarly ;.)
Avatar Tue. 3/19/19 7:42pm ultradamno:

Punk was how I heard reggae. Just following through on covers like Junior Murvin and Stiff putting out Desmond Dekker and Night Flight airing The Harder They Come and Peter Tosh live and stuff.
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:43pm judy from croton:

This is fantastic
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:44pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

STILL haven't seen 'Harder They Come' - !!
Punk - & just ran into a copy of Marley's 'Uprising' - w/ no context.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/19 7:44pm slugluv1313:

hi Krys!
WOW! where i was growing up, no WNYU . . . and once i learned of WFMU, could barely tune that in too!
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:45pm Marie:

I remember being arrested outside a reggae club with a little bit of weed. They were gonna let me go but like an idiot, i questioned their credentials (they were undercover). In 1986 or 1985.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/19 7:45pm slugluv1313:

WOW!!! Jah Shaka!!!!!!!!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/19 7:46pm slugluv1313:

excellent excellent show/interview, Devon -- THANK-YOU!!!!!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/19 7:48pm slugluv1313:

GIL BAILEY!!!!!! he was the AMAZING reggae DJ on WHBI . . .
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:48pm PNW THC:

just tuning in, i had no idea dennis bovell was being interviewed. tell him the 4th street orchestra is one of the best reggae/dub bands of all time
Avatar Tue. 3/19/19 7:48pm TDK60:

Wow, just got here..Matumbi & Aswad -- the friggin' best English reggae bands..
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:51pm prudy:

Steel Pulse was the northern UK band (mentioned by speaker)
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:53pm PNW THC:

4th Street Orchestra!! Bring it back!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/19 7:53pm TDK60:

..along with Steel Pulse and LKJ, yeh!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:53pm Krys O.:

My sister Jean and I loved going to the Reggae Lounge in the 80s.
  Tue. 3/19/19 7:54pm Tom:

Love this.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/19 7:57pm slugluv1313:

BABYLON is at IFC in NYC but only until 3/21 :(
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 7:59pm Krys O.:

Following Dennis Bovell on Bandcamp immediately.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 8:02pm Krys O.:

Phillip Smart did the reggae show on WNYU.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/19 11:45pm Devon E. Levins:

Thanks All. NYC people, after 3/21 there will be 3 days of screening at MOMI in Queens from April 19-21. In LA, its playing through 3/28 at the Laemmle in Glendale.
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