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Culture: Bob's son feels the love; One Love Blue Dolphin.

Byline: Rhona Ganguly

This modern-day version of Romeo and Juliet gives the viewer an insight into the disguised issues facing Jamaica, of corruption and drugs, while still managing to portray the country in a positive light.

The couple from opposite sides of the tracks are Kassa, a Rastafarian musician played by Bob Marley's son Ky-mani, who is in search of a singer with soul for his band.

He discovers Serena (Cherine Anderson) at a recording studio, as the two fight to win a music competition.

They face prejudice from both sides, as Serena is the daughter of a Baptist preacher, who is convinced she should only sing Gospel music, and must marry within her religion, preferably to a member of the church's congregation.

And Kassa's friends are concerned that Serena is only out to convert him and put an end to his creativity.

The dialogue is at times hard to follow for those who may be unable to understand stronger Jamaican accents, but the main gist is there. The only real problem of the film is its sometimes predictable plot, with a sing-along ending.

But for music lovers, it is a must-see, with re-workings of Marley classics and, for fans of a something a little more modern, Dancehall and Reggae, featuring Sizzla, Junior Kelly and Sean Paul.

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 4, 2005
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