The rockers era, distinguished by the innovation of new musical patterns and vocal styles, evolved in the 1970s and is hailed by some as the Golden Age of reggae music. Rockers was recorded at a turbulent time in Jamaica’s history, fraught with chronic unemployment, rising world oil prices and the dissipation of skilled labour and investment capital. The sounds that emerged during the rockers era were reassuring, inspiring and healing … real rebel music.
Four young women, dubbed The Tribal Council – 1980s babies, raised on the music of the ’70s – have made a commitment to reviving the fire for roots rock reggae among their generation.
The next phase of the group’s mission launches on Saturday with ‘Vibes is Right: The Rockers Edition’, a dance party on the shores of Wickie Wackie Beach in Bull Bay, St Andrew.