SCREENING DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH TO HONOUR 60 YEARS OF JAMAICAN INDEPENDENCE, WITH A Q&A WITH DIRECTOR MARK JAMES AND PRODUCER WAEL KABBANI, PLUS LIVE MUSIC IN THE CINEMA FOYER FROM DJ GUSSY STAR BEFORE AND AFTER THE FILM!
“A magical piece of work…fascinating insight into the earliest period of the music” — David Rodigan, BBC 1Xtra
Studio 17 was located above the record store ‘Randy’s’ in the heart of downtown Kingston, first established in the late 1950s. Both were generically referred to as ‘Randy’s’ - Randy, being the nickname of founder Vincent Chin. With its central location, Randy’s Studio 17 became the nerve centre of Jamaica’s music revolution that followed the country's independence from Great Britain on August 6, 1962.
Shot in Jamaica, London, New York and Hamburg, the film follows Clive Chin, Vincent Chin’s son, as he retells his extraordinary story from his childhood memories of the studio, as a magical musical playground, through his work as a pioneering music producer and the impact of the political turmoil that later engulfed Jamaica and ultimately forced ‘Randy’s’ closure.
Clive’s emotional roller-coaster of a journey is underscored by an evocative soundtrack of music, featuring original Studio 17 recordings by Bob Marley & the Wailers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Delroy Wilson, Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis, Carl Malcolm, Jimmy London, The Skatalites, Lord Creator and many more.
Director: Mark James
Producers: Reshma B / Mark James
Executive Producers: Waël Kabbani, Iambic Dream Films / Jan Younghusband, BBC.