Lover’s Rock Music | Janet Kay – Silly Games

Silly Games – the 12-inch version

Silly Games by Janet Kay is a great tune I picked up while watching Lover’s Rock, one of the five short films on the life and trials of members of the West Indian community in London back in the sixties and seventies.

The anthology is called Small Axe – after the African proverb put to music by Bob Marley: If you are the big tree, we are the small axe – directed by – Oscar winning – Steve McQueen and co-written by Courttia Newland.

All stories are closely zooming in on the lives of individuals, showing us – letting us feel is better – what it was like to be of an immigrant background in Britain back then. Some stories are infuriating but Lovers Rock is taking us to a house party – the set of a slow love story of sorts – where home made food is served and the dj makes the building go boom! with great tracks for the grooving seventies fashionistas 🙂

“Don’t forget, in those days, people used to work for the weekend,” Steve McQueen says of the era he depicts in Lovers Rock. “With this racism and oppression people had to deal with in the week — people lived for that Saturday.” | Photo Parisa Taghizedeh/Amazon Prime Video
Kadeem Ramsay (right) plays the DJ | Photo Parisa Taghizedeh/Amazon Prime Video

It was impossible not to get off the chair and dance, grab Shazam and track the songs. Now I want Janet Kay back in the charts!

Kunta Kinte Dub – The Revolutionaries
Mr Brown – Gregory Isaacs
He’s the greatest dancer – Sister Sledge
Turn Out the Light – The Investigators
Kung Fu fighting – Carl Douglas

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