1. 雷鬼音乐人:Leslie Kong (江运安)和牙买加音乐的产生

    一个人,一个岛屿,一个世界音乐史上的重要时期。

    这是关于雷鬼音乐的先锋、音乐制作人Leslie Kong(江运安)的故事。他 因为心脏病发作不幸在壮年就去世了,但他凝聚着岛国民族精神的音乐传奇却仍具有长久的生命力。

    Leslie Kong (江运安)出身平凡,他在1933年出生,父母是牙买加华裔,经营雪糕店和一个名为Beverley’s的唱片店。他是家里的五个孩子之一。

    六十年代,江运安作为音乐制作人隐居幕后,孜孜不倦地将牙买加的音乐向全世界推广。他可以说是许多不断崛起的新秀音乐家背后的导师。 Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Derrick Morgan,Desmond Dekker,还有年轻的鲍勃马利(Bob Marley),都和Leslie Kong (江运安)并肩合作,共同努力完善雷鬼音乐,并将之推向全世界的观众。

    1963年,Leslie Kong (江运安)和岛国唱片公司签下协议,彼此合作把牙买加音乐家介绍到英国。他1971年去世的时候已经是百万富翁。雷鬼音乐也从一个小小的加勒比岛国流传开来,成为世界音乐文化的符号之一。

    对于许多牙买加以外的人来说,雷鬼音乐始于鲍勃马利,也终于鲍勃马利。但是,这部纪录片会纠正这个错误的印象,透过音乐家、他们的家人和朋友的访谈,向人们展示不少被埋没的牙买加音乐家。

    本部纪录片的导演和联合制片江明月女士(Jeanette Kong)的家庭和Leslie Kong(江运安)的家庭是远亲,他们的祖先都是中国广东东莞的客家,两个家庭最后都移居到牙买加的京士顿。江明月女士(Jeanette Kong)一直满怀激情地制作有关华裔对牙买加社会贡献的纪录片,《雷鬼音乐人》是她系列作品的第四部。

    Reggae Man: Leslie Kong and the Making of Jamaican Music

    One man. One island. One defining moment in world music.

    This is the story of pioneering record producer Leslie Kong and his role in the birth of reggae. Kong died tragically of a heart attack in his prime. Yet his musical legacy—the heart and soul of his island nation—lives on.

    Leslie Kong came from modest beginnings. Born in 1933 to Hakka Chinese parents, he was one of five children who grew up in the family-owned ice cream parlour and record shop called Beverley’s.

    Throughout the 1960s, this Jamaican-Chinese record producer worked tirelessly behind the scenes to export Jamaican music to the rest of the world. He was a guiding force behind the careers of many up- and-coming artists. Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Derrick Morgan, Desmond Dekker, even a young Bob Marley: all worked with Leslie Kong to define the reggae sound—and to bring that sound to audiences around the globe.

    In 1963, Kong entered into a licensing agreement with Island Records, a company whose original goal was to introduce Jamaican artists to the UK. By the time he died in 1971, Leslie Kong had become a millionaire, and reggae music had traveled from a small Caribbean island to become a worldwide phenomenon.

    For many people outside Jamaica, reggae music starts and stops with Bob Marley. This documentary will set the record straight—profiling one of the country’s largely unsung talents through the eyes of the musicians, family and friends who knew him.

    Director and Co-Producer Jeanette Kong ‘s family is distantly related to Leslie Kong’s family. They originate from Dongguan county in Guangdong, China. Both families eventually moved to Kingston, Jamaica. Reggae Man is Jeanette’s fourth documentary recording the Chinese contribution to Jamaican society, a subject area for which she is most passionate.

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    One man. One island. One defining moment in world music. This is the story of pioneering record producer Leslie Kong and his role in the birth of reggae. Kong died tragically of a heart attack in his prime. Yet his musical legacy—the heart and soul of his island nation—lives on.

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Jiang Media Inc. is a Toronto-based content production company owned and operated by producer and principal director Jeanette Kong.

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