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Watch Deep Roots (1982) BBC Series

A classic snapshot of Jamaican music and culture straight from the creators.

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In November 1982, a just-launched British TV station called Channel 4 aired a six-episode series on the birth and rise of Rastafarianism, reggae and dub culture in Kingston called “Deep Roots.”

In this episode, Deep Roots documents mento, revival, ska and rocksteady from the people who created it, including Miss Lou, Mikey Dread and tenor saxophonist and Alpha past student, Tommy McCook.

click to WATCH Tommy Mccook talk about alpha, ska, rocksteady and more...


ABOUT the alpha school of Music

Alpha's 130-year tradition of music education has produced jazz innovators, ska pioneers and reggae icons. The Alpha School of Music now offers a one-semester and full year certificate programme to overseas music students 19-28 years old. Click here to learn more about studying music in Kingston, Jamaica!

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