Soul Syndicate Band: Word, Sound and Power (1980)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Instrumental Music, Music History, Vocal Music  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Music lovers fascinated by the ideas, experiences, and emotions that serve as the foundation of Jamaican reggae are invited to explore the history of the legendary Soul Syndicate - a collection of talented musicians who provided backup instrumentation for such acclaimed artists as Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Mayals, Burning Spear, and Bob Marley and the Wailers among others. From the band's ensemble, open air performance in a Kingston courtyard to the stories and personal philosophies of individual band members, this documentary revels in the prophetic nature of reggae while highlighting just how the uniquely Jamaican musical form is equally at peace with both the rivers and jungles of the Caribbean island country, and the slums of Kingston that stand as a stark contrast to those scenic surroundings. Intimate conversations between lead guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith and fellow Jamaican Dallas Rogers offer deeply personal insight into a fascinating form of music that continues to hold universal appeal.