JAMDOWN takes you on a journey back to 1980, straight into the heart of the Jamaican reggae scene, following legendary reggae artists Toots Hibbert and The Congos. The film shot in 1980 had a limited release in France and therefore remained undiscovered by the rest of the world. Since its initial release almost 30 years ago, ‘Jamdown’ has become what reggae footage collectors often refer to as “The holy grail of reggae films” due to its rarity and difficulty in finding an original copy of the film. For the first time in almost 30 years this film has now been made available to own on DVD.
The film contains some of the only known early footage of The Congos, performing tracks from their legendary Heart Of The Congos LP which was produced by Lee Perry at the Black Ark studios at the height of their career. Jamdown contains some of the most electrifying live reggae footage to have ever been captured on film, making it a highly enjoyable performance for all reggae fans.
…a melodic time machine that transports us magically to a time of massive creativity as reggae was emerging to the outside world. We see some of its most rootical exponents at the height of their powers. The film’s re-emergence after three decades is almost miraculous, and it should not be missed by anyone who cares about Jah Music.
—Roger Steffens, Reggae Historian