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Bongo Man

  • Film

Time Out says

Having to wait ten years before seeing Jimmy Cliff on film again after The Harder They Come was bad enough; having to watch him witlessly lionised is rubbing salt into the wounds. As if director Paul had got his artistic needle stuck, Bongo Man is little more than a repeat of his Reggae Sunsplash formula: sliced up concert footage and interviews over which a narrator/commentator intones lines like 'politicans divide, musicians unite'. Not that it doesn't have its moments, as Cliff is followed through a series of concerts, walkabouts and rasta raps set against the politically volatile atmosphere of 1980s Jamaican elections; most of them spring from the thirteen or so resonant reggae anthems and the odd bit of wit in the face of 'babilan'. But overall it's a sprawling muddy mess of a movie.
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Release Details

  • Duration:93 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Stefan Paul
  • Screenwriter:Stefan Paul
  • Cast:
    • Miriam Makeba
    • Barbara Jones
    • Nadine Sullivan
    • Lister Hewan-Lowe
    • Jimmy Cliff and the Oneness Band
    • Bob Marley and the Wailers
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