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Mark James

Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes

Edition 2022
85' - 2019 - Documentary - Dialogue: English
Director: Mark James With: Jimmy Cliff, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Maxi Priest, David A. Stewart
The birth of reggae is inextricably linked to Studio 17 in Kingston. This docu takes us back to the early days. A chunk of colourful music history.
A newly discovered treasure trove of tapes from Studio 17, or Randy’s located in downtown Kingston Jamaica, is the starting point for this remarkable story about a Chinese Jamaican family who helped create the music we now know asreggae.
"The inside story of the evolution of reggae and the family that helped facilitate it. In the late 1950s Chinese-Jamaicans Vincent "Randy" Chin and his wife Patricia started selling records for jukeboxes across the islands. Randy's Records aka Studio 17 became a hub for the explosion of Jamaican music worldwide" - The Art Desk

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Mark James


Jimmy Cliff, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Maxi Priest, David A. Stewart


Mark James

Director of Photography

Chris Morphet


Paul Burgess


Reshma B, Mark James

Production studios

Iambic Dream Films

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Countries of production

United Kingdom




Mark James
Upholding the Bricks (1990), Do You Come Here Often (1993), About Face (1994), Greetings from the Gutter (1995), Trisha Brown: Just Dancin' Around (1996), Issigonis-Mini Man (1999), Vampire Diary (2006), Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes (2019)

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