ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH 2018 is #25YEARSWALKINGTOGETHER Edition

#25yearswalingtogether is the slogan created by Rototom Sunsplash to celebrate his 25 Edition. A fourth of century is already passed but not the memory of the places where everything was started : in Pordenone and Osoppo, Italy. Actually Rototom Sunsplash is organized every summer in Benicassim, Spain . In these 25 years a lot of people was reunited in the mighty name of the stars of reggae and their philosophy. More than 3.2 million people reached Rototom Sunsplash along the different editions, coming from all the Continents of the World. Today this Festival is considered the biggest one in Europe and one of the most important in the World. On the stage, along the different years, more than 2,300 artists alternated. This summer it will be exactly from 16th to the 22nd of August. ’25 years walking together ‘ means prestigious artists of the old and the new generation will be there performing in unity.

Check The entire line up 2018 on the official website : https://rototomsunsplash.com/it/line-up/

Julian Marley and the Uprising, Tarrus Riley, Jimmy Cliff, Spice, Cocoa Tea ft Koffee, The Mighty Diamonds, David Rodigan, Spice, Konshens are only some of the popular singers and bands will perform on the main stage or in the Dancehall area. But remember there are more than two stages. There are 5 options : Main Stage, Dancehall, Lion Stage, Dub Academy and Carribean Tempo. Plus Rototom Sunsplash is not only music. It’s even “Foro Social”, culture, experiences, great food, camping, African Village, Beach, workshops for dancehall dancers, social projects, press conferences, stands and many many more. That’s why we will delve into a different topic about Rototom #25yearswalkingtogether every week before it starts. We guess this edition must be rich of unforgettable vibes.

 

Eugenia Conti 

VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JUNIOR KELLY (2018) / “Urban Poet is the number one underground album”

Gege Vibes met Junior Kelly in Melkweg, Amsterdam during the event Easter Special Reggaeville (April 2018). Reviewing his last album “Urban Poet” and deepening in the main songs as “I wanna be your hero”, “Everybody needs somebody” or “Power to the people”, we also talked about his charity project called “People helping people” focused in sharing food with poor people on the roads in Jamaica. Ultimately, Jr Kelly invited the youths to don’t lose the spirituality because of the technology.

Interviewer : Eugenia Conti Shooting : Giulio Lofari Editing : Young Man Productions Special thanks to : Junior Kelly, Reggaeville.

Interview with Anthony B (2018) : “Reggae is not about death. It is an influential music across many cultures”

We interviewed Anthony B once again in Amsterdam after his show in Melkweg during the Reggaeville Special Easter Event. Waiting for the Original Fyah Man’s new upcoming album and while he is promoting his last two singles “Rub a Dub Party” and “Reggae Soul Sister”, we had the chance to talk with him about different topics : consciousness, unity and the power of reggae as musical genre able to cross every barrier.

“Stop fighting reggae music” official videoclip will be available soon on Youtube. This song is about the real message of reggae. Anthony B told us this music is not about hating or killing people, but it’s something about peace and love. It means to stay together without differences of age, color or race.

Interviewer : Eugenia Conti

Shooting : J LOF

Editing : Gege Vibes Production

Romain Virgo’s LoveSick Album and European Tour 2018 Reviewed by Gege Vibes

“LoveSick” is the new Romain Virgo’s album, released last March 30 2018 and mainly produced by his manager Niko Browne of LifeLine Music. We already knew that Romain was a talent, but it seems that this time he has improved his artistic skills more. The album, composed of 16 tracks, is a nice tribute to the strongest feeling on Earth : the love. The artist from Saint Ann, Jamaica, talks once again about the sentiment that has the strength to move the World. A lot of important jamaican names gave their credits on this project as Donovan Germain of Vp Records, Dean Fraser, Sting International and more.The LoveSick’s track that really makes me crazy is “Still” onSkyscraper Riddim by Richie Stephens. In “Still” the artist asks her partner if she is still in love with him. The meaning of the song is very beautiful because it shows a Romain Virgo able to express the most sensitive part of himself without filters.

TRACKS

  1. Face To Face
  2. Lovesick
  3. Cruise
  4. In This Together
  5. Day In Day Out
  6. Cannot Close My Eyes
  7. Sweet Liar
  8. Unbreakable
  9. Trouble
  10. Hold On
  11. Will You Be There
  12. Now
  13. Still
  14. Heartbeat
  15. Stay With Me
  16. Caress Me

We followed as Gege Vibes Magazine two shows of the European tour of Romain Virgo: on April 1st in Amsterdam during the event Reggaeville Easter Special and on April 8th in East London at Scala. If the album enchanted us, the live concerts were even better. On the stages the sound was a sweet reggae, contaminated with pop and soul. The melodic voice of Romain was accompanied by his very good band. The audience was involved and passionated in a no-stop show of almost two hours. We also really appreciated the voice of the young female artist in open act Sevana, from Kingston.

At the end of the days, what struck me in a positive way are especially the contents of the album’s themes. Romain addresses the “subject” of the love to the fullest singing about the lost and found ones. This topic may seem something obvious and too used in the songs, but I think that in today’s society is a rarity that young artists still compose lyrics like those. Today it seems that everything is about the money, the success based on the fake appearances and the mere fun. Romain, with LoveSick Album, teaches or reminds people that only when we are in love we could see the things with different eyes transforming the everyday routine into something of unique and unrepeatable.

Eugenia Conti

VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH MR VEGAS (2018) / “I want to bring a smile into other people’s lives and make them less depress with my music”

Gege Vibes meets this time the veteran Mr Vegas in Salento, Italy. Basicly this interview collects the Mr Vegas best memories and deepens into his rich carreer started around 20 years ago. His music ranged over from the reggae to the dancehall, from the rub a dub to the soca. The artist, winner of Mobo Awards and captivating performer on stages all over the World, explains us that he only try to bring a smile into other people lives . We obviously talk about his homeland Jamaica too.

Interviewer Eugenia Conti Shooting Valentina Rubino Edited by Gege Vibes Prod – @bannysh Promotion for the event I’m Black and White Party – Salento Contro il Razzismo Venue : Womb Lecce

 

MASSIVE B EUROPEAN TOUR / Il 10 Marzo di nuovo in Italia con una data in Salento (Video Interview Credits)

Come ogni anno torna in Europa il prestigioso sound system Massive B con Bobby Konders e la sua crew direttamente da Brooklyn, New York City. Il 10 Marzo sono di nuovo in Italia con una data in Salento, ospiti ancora una volta di Adriatic Sound, etichetta e sound system reggae salentino composto da Papa Leu, Rankin Lele e Morello Selecta. Il party si terrà a Squinzano (Le) nella rinomata black venue dell’Istanbul Cafe’. (Guarda la video intervista per Gege Vibes Magazine)

Il Sound System Statunitense è noto a livello internazionale per le proprie selezioni reggae, dancehall e Hip hop. Sono delle figure rispettatissime sulla scena mondiale dagli anni ’80.
Ogni domenica sera Bobby Konders e Jabba conducono Fire Sunday sulle frequenze di Hot 97 la radio urban di New York, seguita dalla notte reggae rituale della grande mela al The Buzz Night Club dove ospitano settimanalmente i maggiori artisti reggae.

MASSIVE B costituiscono anche una delle maggiori e prolifiche etichette discografiche di musica reggae e dancehall del mondo. Con il suo stile inconfondibile ha rivoluzionato la musica reggae e hip hop fin dall’inizio degli anni novanta quando Bobby Konders, fondatore del sound, all’ epoca dj e produttore di house music, diede alla luce il remix di Ghetto Red Hot del dj toaster jamaicano Super Cat. Non dimentichiamo che il singolo fu prodotto a due mani insieme al giovanissimo Salaam Remi che incoraggiato da Bobby Konders divenne di li a poco uno dei maggiori produttori americani, spopolando le classifiche con cantanti del calibro di Ini Kamoze, Fugees, Nas, Amy Winehouse. I due, Salaam Remi e Bobby Konders, remixando verso la metà degli anni novanta canzoni di artisti jamaicani come Bounty Killer, Cutty Ranks, Junior Demus, diedero vita ad un vero e proprio genere musicale che conosciamo oggi come Ragga Hip Hop, facendo esplodere questi artisti nel mercato hip hop mondiale e allo stesso modo influenzando indelebilmente tutta la scena e il sound hip hop di quel periodo. Forte dell’ esperienza positiva avuta con i remix degli artisti jamaicani Massive B records stamperà periodicamente singoli e riddims dancehall con artisti famosi e meno noti che diventeranno presto la scuderie dell’ etichetta, nomi come King Kong, Chronicle, Half Pint, Nicodemus, e succesivamente Chezidek, Collie Budz, Bunjy Garling, Movado, Vybz Kartel.
Fin dall’ inizio Bobby Konders decidere di metter in piedi il proprio sound system, chiede e trova collaborazione in Jabba, un personaggio molto rispettato nell’ ambiente della dancehall di New York, carismatico ed energetico Jabba diventerà ben presto la voce ufficiale del sound. Si avvicineranno poi al sound Big Dog, Chudney Shotta, Xman.
Negli anni Bobby Konders consoliderà il rapporto artistico con il veterano della dancehall jamaicana degli anni 80’ Burro Banton, il toaster dall‘inconfondibile voce che registrerà la maggior parte delle sue produzioni per Massive B Records, diventando a tutti gli effetti il terzo padrino del sound oltre a Jabba e Bobby Konders. Sono innumerevoli infatti i singoli di Burro Banton di produzione Massive B che spopolano letteralmente in tutti i party dancehall.
Bobby Konders e Jabba si occupano costantemente di produzioni di dubplates, di nuovi e influenti riddims, sono i dj resident a HOT 97 la famosa radio urban di New York, dove ogni domenica sera dalle 9 alle 11 conducono On The Reggae Tip uno dei più longevi programmi reggae di tutti i tempi, e organizzano i più importanti eventi dancehall soca hip hop della grande mela.
Il concerto annuale On the Reggae Tip un format ideato da Massive B è stato una vera e propria piattaforma di lancio per l’ esplosione della musica dancehall e registra ogni anno il tutto esaurito.
Bobby and Jabba sono anche tra gli ospiti fissi del Best of The Best Concert di Miami. Organizzano il Massive B HOT 97 Truck, un camion pieno di altoparlanti con dj, mc, ospiti speciali e ballerine, il più seguito della Labour Day West Indian Parade la più grande sfilata in maschera del Nord America un evento con oltre 3 milioni persone che si tiene ogni anno per le vie di Brooklyn.
Massive B fa ballare ogni settimana New York City all’ evento reggae dancehall della domenica di Brooklyn, il famoso Fire Sunday al Buzz NightClub.
Negli anni sono state moltissime le collaborazioni di Massive B con TOK, SHAGGY SUPER CAT, BURRO BANTON, JOHNNY OSBOURNE, DEAN FRASER, ROOTS RADICS, BOUNTY KILLER, ELEPHANT MAN, tutti questi artisti devono tanto alla passione e all’amore per questa musica di Bobby Konders e Jabba, alla diffusione e alla promozione capillare dei dischi provenienti dal Massive B studio di Brooklyn. I 45 giri della label Massive B, distribuiti in tutto il mondo, sono sempre stati delle perle nella discografia di tutti i collezionisti di reggae music, capaci di accendere party a tutte le latitudini, dancehall, soca, roots, rub a dub, hip hop, con il suo sound inconfondibile e versatile l’etichetta di Brooklyn ha segnato la storia della black music degli ultimi 20 anni. I Massive B possono essere riconosciuti come una vera istituzione nella musica reggae.

Eugenia Conti