On Wednesday, December 24th at 10:00pm, Brooklyn Independent Television’s Caught In The Act will feature The Melodians, the Jamaican music group credited with helping to ushering in the Rastafarian movement and Rocksteady genre.
Melodian founding members Trevor McNaughton and Tony Brevett, along with trumpet player Cameron Washington, were guests in BIT studios earlier this month to promote their new album, “Songs In The Key of Hope,” due out in 2009.
Among the songs performed for their Caught In The Act appearance was their big hit “Rivers of Babylon” and Woody Gutherie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” “Rivers of Babylon” was on the soundtrack for the 1972 movie “The Harder They Come.” That soundtrack played a major part in popularizing reggae in the United States and is bestowed with numerous “Best Albums of All Time” accolades.
In this feature, The Melodians are interviewed by music buff Andy Herz, an entertainment attorney and producer for the remastered release of “The Harder They Come.” Viewers are in for a treat as The Melodians strum their way through songs that have survived the decades and share stories that they’ve collected since forming in 1965.
This episode of Caught In The Act will air Wednesday, December 24th at 10pm. Rebroadcasts occur on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm and 10pm through Wednesday, January 28th on the BCAT Network (Timewarner 56, Cablevision 69, RCN 84 and Verizon 44).
About Caught In The Act: Each month, Caught in the Act profiles a cross-section of key Brooklyn professionals in fine art, dance, music, theater—and new forms of expression combining all of the above. From established institutions of international stature, to the emerging artists and companies that have long made our borough’s arts scene so exciting, Caught in the Act catches them in the act of creating, displaying, interpreting—and enriching—the cultural life of Brooklyn. For more information about Caught In The Act, please visit our website.
Sidenote: WARNING! Around the BCAT offices, the tune “Rivers of Babylon” has been passed back and forth between the administration and producers like an incredibly contagious, yet melodic cold. One person will start humming it, three minutes later some one else will start whistling another part of the chorus, and by the end of the day the happy tune has spread itself throughout BCAT’s offices. Just moments ago, Alease Anan, Assistant to the Executive Producer, waved her fist in the air and said, “I can’t get this song out of my head! Ahhh!” You have been warned.