Deep Roots Music: The Bunny Lee Story/Black Ark

These are two more episodes in the Deep Roots Music series chronicling Jamaican musical culture. Originally shot for the BBC in 1981, dub master and Clash collaborator Mikey Dread is the narrator and his enthusiasm, combined with his knowledge, makes the viewer actually look forward to his contribution. These episodes profile two of Jamaica’s definitive producers in the ’70s. The first contains incredible footage of Lee’s sessions inside King Tubby’s studio, with Prince Jammy at the controls and vocalists Wayne Smith and Delroy Wilson. The second starts with Perry in full rant, traipsing up and down a beach, before moving to meandering studio scenes. A bounty of musical and historical context is engagingly rendered by Dread, and the requisite smoke outs are impressive. Indeed, the two marquee subjects of these episodes are hardly dominant onscreen, but the content is superior nonetheless. (MVD)