Menelik Shabazz

30 May 1954 – 28 June 2021


Statement from Menelik’s family


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, brother, partner and uncle Menelik Shabazz, age 67. Menelik was a passionate film maker and forged the way for many black film makers. We thank you all very much for your messages of condolence. We have been touched by the tributes from those that knew him, worked with him, and were inspired by his work.


Enquiries regarding Menelik’s work and legacy should be directed to sunrapictures@gmail.com.

The Story of Lovers Rock

The original classic documentary by Menelik Shabazz chronicling how a unique form of British reggae music became popular during the 1970s and 1980s.

Looking for love

A frank exploration of intimacy and relationships within Britain’s black community

The Hand of Ken

Explore the extraodinary work of Ken ‘Yahw’ McCalla, his inspirations and his beginnings through the groundbreaking Black Art Gallery

About menelik shabazz

Menelik Shabazz is an Award winning UK film director, producer, and writer – a key pioneer in the development of contemporary black British cinema. Born in St. John, Barbados, he is known for a number of films including Burning An Illusion, Catch A Fire, The Story of Lovers Rock, Looking for Love and many others. He is also founder of and Chief Excutive of SunRa Pictures, cofounder of CEDDO film collective; bfm magazine, a groundbreaking black filmmakers magazine (now re-established online as https://bfmmag.com); and the bfm International Black Film Festival based in the UK (the largest of its kind in Europe).





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Menelik Shabazz


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