Director: Menelik Shabazz
Country: UK
Year of Production: 2011
Total Running Time: 96 min
Language: English
Rating: PG



Often dubbed ‘romantic reggae’, Lover’s Rock is a unique British sound, developed against a backdrop of racial tension, the Brixton riots and sound systems in the late ’70s and ’80s. It went from being a small UK scene to become a global phenomenon that defined a generation through artists such as UB40 and Maxi Priest.

Directed by award winning director/producer Menelik Shabazz,

The Story Of Lover’s Rock combines comedy, live performance, interviews and archive footage to shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Contributors to the documentary include UB40 Maxi Priest Levi Roots Linton Kwesi Johnson comedians Angie Le Mar, Robbie G and Eddie Nestor, alongside new artists such as Ava Leigh and Lovella Ellis.


Best known for his award winning Feature Film BURNING AN ILLUSION, Menelik Shabazz is one of the pioneers of black British cinema. THE STORY OF LOVER’S ROCK marks his return after a 30 years absence from cinema.