CASALABATE MUSIC FESTIVAL / Il 4 agosto la sedicesima edizione sul palco al cospetto di Torre Specchiolla (Salento)

Casalabate Music Festival 2019 è la notte dei Massive B, festival salentino che giunge quest’anno alla 16esima edizione con gli ospiti speciali da New York City, il famoso dj e producer Bobby Konders e la sua crew, che si svolge nella località balneare di Casalabate.

Il Festival è esponenzialmente cresciuto negli anni, acquistando di edizione in edizione un pubblico di estimatori e appassionati sempre più folto anche perché, fin dalla sua nascita, ha avuto come “padrino” d’eccezione Sir David Rodigan, leggendario Disk Jockey e giornalista, ospite sempre attesissimo nelle edizioni precedenti, che ha portato alla ribalta la marina salentina con il suo slogan “Casalabataaaa accendino!!!”, diventato poi un vero e proprio must.

Per l’edizione 2019 sul palco al cospetto di Torre Specchiolla, nella suggestiva cornice sul lungomare di Casalabate, si alterneranno alcuni tra i migliori esponenti della scena Reggae nazionale tra cui Rankin Lele e Papa Leu di Adriatic Sound con Morello Selecta, Petra de Sule con Striunizzu dal Salento, Bad Side Massive, Zakalicious, Fireburn, MoreLove, StartaFyah e, per la prima volta sul palco di Casalabate, Brusco una delle figure più importanti della scena reggae italiana con le sue super hits, conosciute e amate da tutti.

Altro ospite d’onore, direttamente dalla città di Portmore, Jamaica, il recording artist Bay-C, noto membro della formazione jamaicana T.O.K. che, dopo aver creato hit di grande successo con il suo gruppo come “Gyals yuh ah lead” e “Eagles Cry”, è attualmente in tour in Europa per il suo progetto solista “Straight outta Portmore” supportato dal potente sound system Yard Beat.

A tenere le redini della serata ci saranno Bobby Konders e Lando Hype dei Massive B, celebre Sound System di New York fin dagli anni ‘80, popolari a livello globale per aver prodotto artisti del calibro di Elephant Man, Burro Banton, Vybz Kartel e molti altri del genere reggae, dancehall e hip hop.

l Festival è diventato anche un vero e proprio progetto di riqualificazione e valorizzazione urbana, integrando nel proprio programma musicale e di intrattenimento anche CAD Casalabate Art District (già avvenuto dal 24 al 28 luglio), manifestazione di street art, che ha visto artisti locali e internazionali riunirsi a Casalabate sotto la direzione artistica di 167/B Street per ridipingere diversi muri della marina. L’evento ha ospitato nella serata finale il live dell’artista jamaicana Tanya Stephens, da sempre impegnata nel sociale e nell’attivismo a favore della propria comunità.

Eugenia Conti

NO RACISM IN ITALY / Gege Vibes & Timeless Sound set up a business involving Gambian and Italian promoters

In this sad political moment for Italy, with a racist leader and hate feeder like Salvini, I was living in London for work and I had promised myself to never return in Italy if the Lega party will win the elections.

Unfortunately it happened with a surprising broad consensus. The monstrosity made by this Government is to see the “brothers of Italy” united through ethnic discrimination towards other peoples. It is because of the Salvini’s propaganda if many Italians have turned against Africans and have started to be obtuse people who point the finger against the immigrants who live in our Country, sometimes without not even a reason.

I was ashamed for Italy every time I saw the BBC News, which emphasize the racism of my country when until few time ago, Italy was considered the Nation of solidarity and acceptance. Here, as our ancestors of Magna Greece have taught us, “the guest is sacred”. Or at least it always has been…

So I couldn’t manage to sit down and don’t do nothing. I decided to use my company of bookings and promotion of artists called Gege Vibes Worldwide Music Group, alongside the established selecta and promoter Timeless Sound, native of Gambia, to involve young Africans (also coming from the communities, from migrant reception centers or from the streets) in the promotion of events in Italy that will host our international singers or Djs so that we can help the kids learn a trade and build their own upcoming brands. Because music unites, generates integration, helps to understand each other, to socialize …

Jereh Njai, aka Mighty Timeless, is a Gambian resident in Berlin, founder of the prestigious Timeless Sound. He has embraced the initiative underlining how the cooperation between the two cultures could even be a determining factor for the entire Italian economy, just as it has been for years in Germany where Europeans and Africans live together and where integration is not a utopia but a fact.

Mighty is a prime example of this: he created a great business in the German capital relating to musical promotion in which people of all races work in team.

I am sure that together we will be able to achieve great results in unity and peace also in our country, Italy: we have shows scheduled for the summer with aspiring Gambian promoters supervised by us in Naples, Catania, Bologna, Milano and Catanzaro. A meaningful example that this project can really unite every latitude here too.

Our goal is also to allow young Africans to become one day professional promoters or successful artists, offering them the right experience and knowledge of the sector. We also want those who come from a more unfortunate background to choose the path of art rather than crime.

And believe me, it’s a really nice feeling to see what the music could create thanks to the universal language that composes it … What better genre than reggae music that always has professed peace and love to unite populations?

“One love” is precisely the concept to feel that we are all brothers and sisters. We want Italians and Africans to meet together in the same party, to dance, make friends and start collaborations. We no longer want to see people with prejudices and immigrants who feel they are only unwanted foreigners without any space in the society. Some days ago I was talking to Curtis, an eighteen-year-old from Gambia who actually lives in the community in Bologna. I met him in a club during a date of my tours. Curtis is so in love with reggae music that he defines Timeless his father and hero. He also called me his mother. He said that he is very proud of my projects, but that he will make me even more proud of him because he wants to reach a high level of education. He confided to me that he wants to enroll in the University to get a  graduation to become an architect. He is learning to draw on his laptop already. You have no idea how these words filled my heart with joy. These guys are called “Ghetto Youths”. Sometimes they arrive in Italy with nothing, only with their great talent. Many of them know how to sing, others can dance, others want to organize events or study at the University. “Ghetto Youths”, make sure me and Daddy Timeless will do everything to help as much as guys possible. We need to be a healthy example for them because everyone deserves at least one chance to prove its own worth. Music is not just notes in succession, music is the most powerful channel for changing the state of things, music is a life mission …

Eugenia Conti

Il ritorno di Jah Mason/ Dalla Giamaica a Roma per l’anniversario di Pakkia Crew

Roma. L’appuntamento per i reggae lovers è il prossimo 30 Aprile 2019 a Intifada (Via di Casal Bruciato, 15) per assistere alla performance live di Jah Mason live direttamente dalla Jamaica. Per celebrare il loro dodicesimo anniversario l’affermato sound system romano Pakkia Krew propone questo ospite di eccezione: Andre Johnson, al secolo appunto Jah Mason. L’artista, classe ’73, è originario della parrish di Manchester in Jamaica ed è cresciuto in una famiglia cristiana. Da adolescente veniva chiamato “Perry Mason” ed è con questo primo nome che si presenta sulla scena con il suo singolo di debutto “Selassie I Call We” nel lontano 1991. Nel 1995 si evolve in Fire Mason e comincia ad entrare nell’ordine Bobo Ashanti del movimento rastafariano. La sua vicinanza alla fede rasta gli permette di identificarsi e suonare col suo attuale stage name ovvero Jah Mason. Sicuramente i più appassionati ricorderanno la sua hit storica “My Princess Gone”, canzone che ha contribuito fortemente ad accrescerne la popolarità, come anche la sua amicizia col cantante internazionale Jah Cure, il quale gli ha dato l’opportunità di apparire ed esibirsi in diversi suoi shows in Jamaica. Il 2002 marca l’anno di uscita del suo primo album “Keep your joy & working so hard”. Da quel momento l’Artista ha pubblicato diversi lavori discografici come “Wheat and tears” o “The Saga Bed” pubblicati da importanti etichette quali Greensleeves Records , Vp Records ed è stato anche distribuito da Warners.

David Jeffries di All Music ha descritto Jah Mason come “un’artista agile senza sforzo, in grado di comunicare amore, pathos, rivoluzione, spiritualità e persino sensualità”.Tra le sue hits oltre alla big tune mondiale “My princess gone” che abbiamo già menzionato, possiamo annoverare “Mi Chalwa”, “Ganja for life”, “A lion look” e molte altre.

Non a caso il Nostro vanta la pubblicazione di ben 19 albums, l’ultimo dei quali, “Love & Wisdom”, è uscito nel Novembre del 2015. Saremo lieti di accoglierlo ancora una volta a Roma, città in cui l’artista manca da anni. Per il warm up e l’after party verrà proposto lo show dancehall con Vito outta Yard Beat, A star bene ed ovviamente Pakkia crew a fare gli onori di casa. Per il compleanno numero 12 della “Green Family of Rome” non si escludono sorprese con special guests artists e dancers che supporteranno lo show per una serata in perfetto stile caraibico.

Eugenia Conti

 

F.A.M.E. FESTIVAL / The first edition in Barbados will start on the 18th of May

Next month it’s time for the first edition of F.A.M.E. Festival, the new project gather two main people: Margit  who is living in Barbados and Bady who felt in love with the island and its culture after she had the occasion to travel there several times for business. “More people are helping to make it possible, some locals and foreigners professionals”, the humble main promoter Badraine Lejeune said to our michrophones…

“At the beginning all started because of our love for the island, for the culture” – she continued – “Also for the international melting pot we found there and the love for art. We decided for the first edition to do one entire day and night, looking for the next editions to be longer.”

FAME is a movement of Food, Art and Music lovers that want to get people together to enjoy life with respect for the Environment. The Fame team organises Festivals middle term focus is the Caribbean and South America where local artists get a podium next to international names. Part of the festival is creation of awareness for environmental local issues, education to healthiness through the discovery of necessities : healthy food & activities.

TEXT ANNOUNCEMENT

FAME team invites you to an event where you can relax and enjoy a gathering using all your senses.

FAME stands for FOOD, ART, MUSIC and ENVIRONMENT, the main topics of our event.

Savour healthy, fresh and local food and drinks with respect for the environment.

Participate in art workshops, enjoy sports activities and art displayed alongside joyful music performances.

The line up joins Caribbean with International known acts as Lee Scratch Perry, godfather of this first edition.

Enjoy both the inner and outer environment, with time slots where yoga sessions, lectures on nature and health practitioners doing mini consults (massages…) will happen!

 

FOOD is an essential part of everyone’s lives. It gives us the energy and nutrients to grow and develop, in a way to be healthy and active, but also to move, work, play, think and learn… The world produces enough food for everyone but the spread is not fair. Yet every 5 seconds a child dies of hunger or malnutrition and over 800 million people still go to bed hungry. This is why FAME Team is standing for a conscious alimentation. All food specialist & stands will have to provide local, fresh and quality products.

ART is infinitely adaptable, and necessary to each culture. Art is something that reveals the hidden truth. Art is something that is the essential part of human life, it plays an immense role in our society. In each one’s life we need new innovative ideas, we need some creative ways to express our feelings, to approach others with understanding feelings. This is why FAME Team is welcoming Bajan local artistes to come and show their arts and crafts to a mix public made of locals and foreigners. Promoting Bajan culture, educating children to different way to express their feelings, point of view. Art is a storyteller.

MUSIC is in everything around us, nature, movement… we are surrounded by sounds and we live with them in harmony. Music is the expression of the soul and it brings people together, to enjoy moments as Festivals. FAME Team is aware that music is the best way to gather people and stir up emotions as joy, excitement… This is why we selected many talented artistes to perform at our festival, headliners joining forces to local artistes in a way to promote Bajan music. We want to push Bajan culture and its artistes and create an atmosphere where local artists get a podium next to international names. Fame Festival line up is eclectic passing from gospel, to reggae, to soca without forgetting some sunny house music. Open to all kind of music lovers

ENVIRONMENT is an important issue, we have to start living sustainably, it’s our new challenge with great opportunities for all. We are responsible for the future of our children and we have to learn to fully protect our environment. Humanity’s entire life support system depends on the well-being of all the species living on earth (plants, animals…). This is why FAME Team dedicated one of its topic to environment, and to its protection. Some conferences will take place in the morning & during the day, and some videos will be projected on the stages during the intermissions in a way to educate and give opportunities to the people, children coming to have more ideas to how live life better through the conscious of their own sensibilities and the world around. Our philosophy : Protect your environment to better yourself !


OBJECTIFS 
 

What ?

  • Create F.A.M.E MICROCOSM : Eco-friendly / Ethic / Democratic / Open to ALL ( Free for Children under 14).

  • Stimulate Caribbean music industry

  • Support Caribbean Economy

  • Make discover international and local artistes

  • Make customers enjoying a unique experience through meeting and sharing

  • Spotlights on important topics : Environment / Health)

  • Make F.A.M.E Festival a brand internationally known & export the concept in other countries of the word.

How ?

  • Organizing  and set up different areas dedicated to art, music, food & environment gather in a place (bellow more details reg each category).

  • Developing awareness, consciousness about the environment.

  • Educate & Share vital informations to people and children.

  • Partnerships/Supports by different locals & internationals actors (brands, media, universities, doctors…).

  • Inviting international headliners to support local artist

Where ?
  • Culture Yard, Ocean Stables, Newcastle, St John, Barbados. The choice of taking this venue came with our interest to find a place in Barbados surrounded by nature, where the environment is visible. We want to create a microcosm where people can make a real connection with each other, and the Culture Yard atmosphere allow it. Following the eco-friendly and family friendly values we assure that the venue will provide all needed to keep a festival in a different vibe. Nothing to compare with the events going on in Barbados Island. Something completely organic & natural. s, push local creations.
 
LINE UP :
 

Lee Scratch Perry (JA)

Mad Professor (UK)

Dennis Bovell from Matumbi (BB)

Macky Banton (UK)

Red Star Lion (BB)

Tabhita (BB)

Angela Patrice (BB)

Sista Mary (UK)

Dub Conductor (UK)

Tuff  (BB)

Ayito (FR)

DB Step (BB)

Day Dream (JA)

Albert & the Culture Yard house band (BB)

Check the plane tickets, don’t lose the chance to explore the culture of Barbados and enjoy great music at the same time.

Eugenia Conti

Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band to perform at the National Stadium in Kingston

Kingston, JA: Singer Richie Stephens and his 17-member Ska Nation Band will headline this year’s Grand Gala, the premier entertainment event for the celebration of Jamaica’s 56th Independence at the National Stadium in Kingston on August 6, 2018.

The entertainment event will be attended by a number of Jamaican dignitaries, including Governor General Sir Patrick Allen; Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange; Speaker of the House Pearnel Charles; Chief Justice Zaila McCalla; Jamaica Defence Force, Chief of Staff Major General Rocky Meade; Police Commissioner George Quallo; and Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams.

“To be invited to perform at Grand Gala for the people of Jamaica ranks as one of our biggest and most important assignments since the group was formed two years ago” Stephens disclosed.

The ‘Life Your Life” singer, who has travelled the world and performed as a brand Ambassador for the Jamaica Tourist Board, (JTB) spoke about the significance of this assignment.

“Ska is big internationally, especially in places like Japan, parts of the USA and Italy but we don’t celebrate it in Jamaica anymore. This is an opportunity to educate the youths of Jamaica about Ska and let them know that this beautiful music originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to rocksteady, reggae and dancehall music. In fact Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Jimmy Cliff, all started out playing ska as teenagers. Ska is the mother of reggae. Without Ska there would be no reggae” he explained.

Stephens said his passion for ska was developed as a youngster.

“My dad was the person who introduced me to Ska. He was one of the baddest ska dancers in town,” he confessed.

Ska Nation Band member Papa Leu, who is from Salento, Italy spoke about performing at Grand Gala.

“This assignment has historical and cultural significance” Leu confessed.

“We in Italy love Ska music. We are elated that the government of Jamaica has given us this platform to showcase music that was originally created in Jamaica. It is my dream that this performance set the stage for some sort of cultural exchange between Italy and Jamaica” Leu reasoned.

Rankin Lele of Ska Nation and Adriatic Sound in Italy spoke about the opportunity to perform in Jamaica again, having performed at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay last summer.

“Performing at Sumfest last year was a life changing experience. In everything we have done since we always represent Jamaica. We feel we are unofficial ambassadors of this beautiful county that gave us this great music Ska” he noted.

In 2016, Stephens & The Ska Nation Band released their debut studio album titled “Internationally.” “Root of the Music” – the title track and lead single from their second full-length album will be released in August. The lyrics bear testament to the many genres Jamaica has gifted the world, while the musical arrangement seamlessly blends these styles together.

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.