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Bad Like Brooklyn Dancehall: A Journey of Dance and Music at Tribeca Film Festival 2023

Bad Like Brooklyn Dancehall

The 2023 Tribeca Film Festival is back in New York City, showcasing a remarkable lineup of 109 feature films from 36 countries and 127 directors. Among the diverse range of films, music enthusiasts have something to look forward to as the festival presents an array of music-related documentaries and movies. One such captivating documentary is "Bad Like Brooklyn Dancehall," which explores the emergence of dancehall music in the 1980s and '90s in New York City. Executive produced by the renowned artist Shaggy, this documentary promises to take audiences on a journey of rhythm, culture, and the power of music.

"Bad Like Brooklyn Dancehall" delves into the vibrant dancehall scene that blossomed in New York City during the '80s and '90s. As Jamaican immigrants brought their music, dance moves, and lively energy to the city, New York became known as the "15th Parish of Jamaica." Dancehall began to thrive alongside hip-hop, creating a significant movement that would eventually spread throughout the country.

Executive producer Shaggy gathers an impressive lineup of influential figures from the dancehall scene to narrate this captivating story. The documentary features prominent artists such as Sean Paul, Ding Dong, and Shaggy himself. Their personal accounts and insights provide an intimate and authentic perspective on the journey from Kingston, Jamaica, to the vibrant streets of Brooklyn, New York.

Bad Like Brooklyn Dancehall is a must-see for anyone who loves dancehall music, or who is interested in the history of Jamaican culture in New York City. The film is an entertaining and informative look at a unique and vibrant musical movement.


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