Monday, 11 May 2009

Ragga Mix / Rodigan / Babylon

It's all about Rodigan this Thursday at the Shacklewell Arms. Make sure you get down to it. WORK IT are playing a special set, so I thought is only right to drop some gems on you in anticipation.

Here is a 40 min. RAGGA MIX I made a while back around the time Beenie Man & Buju were stopped from performing in the UK.
The mix is titled 'Banned in Brighton', for obvious reasons...
Download it for free here

Babylon directed by Franco Rosso in 1980 is perhaps one of the most important films of the period:
"Not because of its enormous budget (it was made for around £350,000), or for its star studded line-up (all the actors were relatively unknown to a wider audience) but because it was one of only a handful of British films that recognises that socially, racially and cinematically, there is more to living in this country than yet another period drama."

Babylon is set in South London at the beginning of the Thatcher era, involving two competing reggae sound systems, racism, fanaticism, unemployment. After having short cinema screening upon release, it was never commercially available on VHS or otherwise until Raro Video released an offical DVD a year or so ago.

If your interested in watching the film, then I would recommend forgetting the official release
and having a dig around for this:

This DVD is the fully uncut version, and well worth looking for.

Here's the Babylon trailer:

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