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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Israel Vibration - Reggae In Holyland


Reggae In Holyland is the story of reggae band Israel Vibration and the time they spent on their first trip to Israel in 1993 – primarily focussing on the beachfront reggae festival they played at in Ahziv, backed by Roots Radics.

Israel Vibration have an inspirational history – the band members were born in Jamaica and met at a rehabilitation institute after being diagnosed with polio. They found strength through Rastafari, and their beliefs and stance on issues saw them eventually expelled from the institution. Music became the way the group would express themselves and after encouragement from those that heard them, they pursued their career.

This film is truly moving and has some great footage of the group in Jerusalem, on the River Jordan and in the Ethiopian Church, among other places. It also features parts of the live performance in Ahziv, and has bonus music videos of Hard Road, Livity In The Hood, Feelin Irie and the great tune, Rudeboy Shufflin.

The DVD is around an hour in duration, provides an insightful and poignant look at one of the great reggae bands of the world and is well worth checking out.

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