"Rockers" is the classic 1978 Jamaican film that captures the reggae scene of Jamaica at the time. The film stars Alpha music graduates Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace and Richard 'Dirty Harry' Hall. Both play themselves as talented musicians but struggling to make a living. When faced with exploitation by a corrupt businessman, Horsemouth recruits his musician friends to help him turn the tables on the unsuspecting villain.
Rockers features a who's who of contemporary Jamaican musicians playing fictionalized versions of themselves. In addition to Alpha alumni Horsemouth and Dirty Harry, the film features Gregory Issacs, Jacob Miller, producer Jack Ruby and Burning Spear, to name just a few. Alpha boys Tommy McCook, Bobby Ellis and Leroy Smart as well as Big Youth, Kiddus I and many more also make appearances adding authenticity to the story while lending their unique sound to an epic movie soundtrack.
Horsemouth links up alpha past boys
Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace passes through a practice session with Alpha past boys, tenor saxophonists Tommy McCook (left) and Rockers co-star Richard 'Dirty Harry' Hall (second from left) and Bobby Ellis (right) on flugel horn. Alto saxophonist Herman Marquis is part of the session.
Horsemouth and Dirty Harry visit a local bar. Disappointed with the music selections, Dirty Harry decides to "change the mood" to the bar owner's dismay.