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Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes

  • 2019
  • News and current affairs
  • Music

Summary

A treasure trove of tapes from the golden age of reggae provides the soundtrack to the compelling story of the family behind Randy's Studio 17, established above Randy's Records at 17 North Parade in downtown Kingston, Jamaica. With contributions by Jimmy Cliff, Carl Malcolm, Ali Campbell, Bunny Lee, King Jammy, Rico Rodriguez, Clive Chin and Maxi Priest.

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“People point and say, ‘That is the place you wanna be, that is the dream land.’” Fattie Bum-Bum singer Carl Malcolm is talking about the four-track Studio 17, above Randy’s Records in Kingston, Jamaica. The ramshackle building hosted sessions from Lord Creator (“I used to mash up the place, man”), Augustus Pablo, Bob Marley and the Wailers and Burning Spear.

But Reshma B, with the enviable job title of reggae journalist, is more interested in its owner, Vincent “Randy” Chin, a Jamaican of Chinese descent, and in the quest to save an archive of recordings that were lost when Chin and his family left for New York.

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NarratorLevi Roots

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DirectorMark James
EditorPaul Burgess
Executive producerWaël Kabbani
Executive producerJan Younghusband

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