The original Rockers: Calman Scott

Kingston, 1976. Jamaica is caught in an international power struggle. Michael Manley’s socialist government, in power since 1972, has made enemies in the USA by nationalised the bauxite industry, and by supporting the Cuban government. It is an election year, and the Americans are supporting the opposition leader, Edward Seaga. Jobs are hard to find, and prices are high. But mysterious shipments of guns pour into the Kingston ghettos that summer, and the election escalates into political warfare. Gunmen kill more than 500 people. The songs tell the stories. War inna Babylon. Police and thieves. One evening, singer Calman Scott made his way across town through the gunfire to record a session that changed reggae music forever. This is the story of the original rockers.

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