A three-member team from Franco-German television company Arte, is in Jamaica filming a documentary on the resurgent roots-reggae scene.

The 52-minute feature is scheduled to be broadcast in February as part of a series focusing on the 70th anniversary of reggae legend Bob Marley’s birth. It has interviews with neo-roots acts including Jah9, Kabaka Pyramid, Addis Pablo, the Pentateuch band, Dr Carolyn Cooper, senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies Mona campus, and veteran deejay Big Youth.

Tim Gorbauch, director of the project, told the Jamaica Observer that Arte will also broadcast British director Kevin MacDonald’s documentary, Marley, as well as a feature on producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

“We thought it would be good to do something else on roots-reggae but not just the elders, something on the youth who have been doing well,” he said.

Artistes like Jah9, Kabaka Pyramid and Chronixx are part of the roots-reggae revival that has taken place in Jamaican music during the last three years. They have attracted a growing following in Europe through consistent performances there. They have also been the subject of feature stories in major American publications such as Billboard magazine.

Arte, which has offices in Strasbourg, France and Frankfurt, Germany, was established in 1922. The company specialises in cultural documentaries and features.