Friday, October 17, 2008


Dubroom (DUB) Reggae Video Review

WWW, December 2007 - Summer Sound In Canada tells us all about the history of Reggae in Canada. The mere fact that the documentary was shot in it's entirety during the 1970's and features several well-known Jamaican artists should say a thing or two...

The documentary, which is part of a CD series called "From Jamaica to Toronto", has been graciously donated to the online (DUB) Reggae community by the publishers. It tells the story of the birth and early development of Jamaican Reggae in Canada.

There's some semi-acting going on, but this is just to make a couple of things clear. For example, the fact that many Jamaicans migrated to Canada even back in the 1970's which caused the birth of a Reggae scene in the North-American country.

Well known names such as Jackie Mittoo, Johnny Osbourne and Willy Williams, the Canadian Reggae scene was not to be underestimated. But still, it is a part of Reggae History that is not widely known and if only because of that, Summer Sound In Canada should be watched by every self-respecting Reggae fan.

The name "Summer Sound" doesn't just refer to the fact that the Jamaican climate had an influence on the music itself. It's also a reference the name of the very first Reggae Label in Canada, which some even say was Canada's answer to Lee Perry's Black Ark Studio.

We'll meet with Willy Williams and Jackie Mittoo in Canada, as they record in the -then freshly started- Summer Studio. Great sights from sessions in the studio, interesting interviews and sceneries complete a very interesting and historically very relevant document.


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