DJ and toaster Miles Buckingham looks at Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs & Freddie McGregor, all massive stars in Jamaica by the mid 70s, who straddled the world of Rastafarian concerns & matters closer to the heart.
Rastafarianism was the dominant force in mid-1970s roots era reggae.
Roots reggae was directed towards higher cultural ideas: the praising of Jah, social problems and the journey back to Africa for the black man – the idea of natty dread.
But there was also a growing audience for reggae, many of them female, who wanted a little romance too.
Hence the emergence of Lovers Rock.