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Steel Pulse documentary makers ask for help to finish tribute to Handsworth reggae band

2016-01-17 22:50:36

A crowd-funding campaign has been launched in a bid to complete a new documentary on Birmingham reggae band Steel Pulse.

The act from Handsworth, which went on to become one of the world's biggest-ever reggae artists, returned to Birmingham to play a home-coming show with UB40 last month.

Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Red Hot Chilli Peppers' drummer Chad Smith and Bob Marley's widow Rita are among those set to feature in the film, which is narrated by Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover.

Filmed in the UK, Caribbean, West Africa, Haiti and United States, the documentary is expected to address the band's four decades performing and recording albums such as debut Handsworth Revolution, Earth Crisis and Rage and Fury.

Speaking in the preview to the film, Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) said of the band: "Their music represented people and it didn't matter what part of the world they came from."

Snoop LionSnoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion praises the Handsworth band.

Red Hot Chilli Pepper drummer Chad Smith added: "These guys are from Mars or something they're from another planet."

The crowd-funding campaign has seen more than £20,000 already pledged.

But with much of the documentary already in the can, a final push has been made to help raise the final £7,000 of the original goal.

Founder and frontman David 'Dread' Hinds said: "You have chosen our path of Universal Love and Justice through music. And because of this we have managed to survive. Please continue to support us and our director Yoni, and the production team through thick and thin."

Steel PulseSteel Pulse strike a pose in 1993 the year compilation album Smash Hits was released.

The man behind the film Yonathan Gal has worked with the band and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Lerner on the production.

He says he has been given access to hundreds of private photo collections, thousands of hours of unseen footage and rare dubs and b-sides to make the feature.

Follow this link to pledge your support or find out more.

Steel PulseSteel Pulse in concert at The 02 Academy in Birmingham last month.

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