Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The late Bob Marley is the principal attraction of the exhilarating German-Jamaican concert feature Reggae Sunsplash. The film is a faithful documentary of the 1979 Sunsplash II Festival in Montego Bay. Sharing the bill with Marley is his off-and-on partner Peter Tosh, who like Marley was as active politically as vocally, and who, also like Marley, suffered for his outspokenness at the hands of the authorities. Third World also appears, thrilling their devotees with their imperishable hit "96 Degrees in the Shade." Reggae Sunsplash was released in 1980; within seven years, both Bob Marley and Peter Tosh would be dead, Marley of cancer and Tosh by assassination.