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 Nadirah X / The jamaican rapper promotes a social benefit campaign to help Africa

We met Nadirah X after her show in Casalabate Music Festival 2017, Salento (Italy). Nadirah aka Nadz is a jamaican female rapper. In 2002 she won the Irie FM / CME Big Break Competition which led to perform at Chris Blackwell’s Island Village where she met Brian Jobson and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. Stewart invites Nadz to England where she begins a series of collaborations and productions with some of the most important musicians of the world including Mick Jagger from Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox and Jimmy Cliff.

She writes a part of the official Anthem of Greenpeace. During 2011 she is the leader of “Conspiracy For Good” campaign, a form of social entertainment called “Social Benefit Storytelling”. This campaign produced a contribution to open 5 bookstores in Africa, to give 50 scholarships to african students and to print over 10,000 books for libraries in Zambia through WeGiveBooks.org

Interviewer : Eugenia Conti

Editing : Morello Selecta

Roots & Culture Reggae Festival 2018 / Sud Sound System & Bag a Riddim Band primi confermati sul palco di Lignano

Il ROOTS & CULTURE REGGAE FESTIVAL si terrà dal 26 al 29 luglio 2018 presso il Camping Girasole di Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD). Appena confermati i primi artisti italiani che si susseguiranno sul MainStage :

TRAIN TO ROOTS, direttamente dalla Sardegna, da poco usciti con l’album Declaration n.6 p ;

BOMBCHILOM, uno dei sound più apprezzati in tutto il Nord Est Italia e che ha iniziato il proprio percorso nel CSA Pedro di Padova ;

SUD SOUND SYSTEM & BAG A RIDDIM BAND, ovviamente dal Salento. Una band con oltre 25 anni di carriera sulle spalle per cui non servono presentazioni. Basta citare uno dei loro brani più conosciuti “Le radici ca tieni”, ormai una pietra miliare del Reggae nazionale. Dopo l’esibizione del 2016 a Lignano e forti delle ultime esperienze giamaicane in cui si sono esibiti sul prestigioso stage dell’International Reggae Sumfest di Montego Bay, tornano sul palco del Roots & Culture Festival con l’Eternal Vibes Tour.

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The best of Gege Vibes 2017 / Special Second Anniversary Greetings Video

The 31st of December 2017 Gege Vibes Magazine has celebrated his second anniversary ending a very intense year full of worldwide experiences. Gege Vibes moved from Italy to Uk, touring in Netherlands and in Jamaica. We thought to realize a video recap of 2017 to summarize all the emotions. Under the link is possible to read the video’s descriptions.

 

1) Luciano Messenjah Greeting. We met Luciano after his great show in Utrecht (Nl) where he performed with Freddie McGregor. Our interview together was the most spiritual of the year and I could feel the positive energy inside him. He taughts me the importance to feel the rasta vibes in the heart.

2) Swele Greeting. Swele is a new talent from Jamaica. He’s only 20 years old. His history and his voice passionated Gege Vibes Team that decided to promote him in Europe waiting for his tour 2018.

3) Italee Greeting. I had a special interview with this strong jamaican lioness during the last edition of Casalabate Music Festival in Salento (Italy). Every year the last performance of this festival is the selection of David Rodigan. The Queen gave thanks to Gege Vibes Magazine to carry the flag of reggae in the medias area.

4) Sean Paul & Chi Ching Ching Greeting. In 2017 we followed a lot  of Sean Paul & Chi Ching Ching’s shows in Uk, Italy and Jamaica. We selected some shootings of their live on the prestigious stage of Reggae Sumfest – Montego Bay (Jamaica) and in Gallipoli (Italy) where Gege Vibes interviewed the multiplatinum singer and his artist.

5) Julian Marley Greeting. One of the son of reggae Legend Bob Marley. He announced his new album coming soon. We are waiting for his new tour to set the shooting of the video interview together.

6) Spice Greeting. We interviewed Spice in Salento (Italy). We talked about the role of the woman in the dancehall and about the explicit sexual lyrics in her songs. Definitely, the female dancehall boss has the lady side, but also the gangsta side.

7) A little immersion in our cultural trip in Jamaica of this summer with Richie Stephens and the Ska Nation Band following “Kingston-Salento International Tour”.  We selected the performances of Richie Stephens, Ska Nation Band and Sud Sound System in the museum “Jamaican Institute” and a frame of Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band’s show in Reggae Sumfest Jamaica.

8) Mr. Vegas Greeting. The “blessed” jamaican artist donated his greeting before his show in Salento for “I am Black and White – Christmas Concert” promoted by Adriatic Sound.

9) Sean Diedrick aka “Young Pow” Greeting. “2018 is all Gege”, said the brilliant producer that is popular as Damian Marley’s keyboarder too. In 2018 will be surprises because it’s the year to build big stuffs together and to spread the vibes of all the nice Young Pow’s productions through our channels.

10) Courtney Bam Diedrick Greeting. Bam Drumz is the historical Jr Gong’s drummer. He represents for our column 2018 “Drums & Rhythm” . We will go deeply in the magic world of the percussions interviewing the best drummers of the worldwide scene. Stay tuned !

11) Damian Marley Greeting. We had the pleasure to see once again a performance of Jr Gong last june in Gallipoli (Italy). So we interviewed Damian one month before the release of his last album “Stony Hill”. Some months later, in November to be exactly, ‘Gong Zilla’ won the Mobo Award for the Best Reggae Act. Naturally, the video ends with the special greeting of the best Bob’s legacy. 

Thanks to the artists, producers, musicians, dancers, editors, video-makers, photographers and all the awesome people that supported it. This is the loop. Blessings and prosperity be yours through the new year.

Eugenia Conti

 

Interview with Italee : “Reggae music is love. Love yourself and put yourself first” (Casalabate Music Festival 2017)

 

During the last edition of Casalabate Music Festival 2017 in Salento (South Italy) Gege Vibes met the historical female voice from Jamaica Italee. The reggae veteran explains us how her Jamaican origins and her culture have always been an influence in her music.

She mentions some experiences of her long carreer as the long travels from all over the World and the works in collaborations with Shaggy and Ub40. Italee also produced top artists like Sean Paul, Bounty Killer, Sizzla Kalonji, Elephant Man and many more. The black lioness tell us to keep high the reggae flag everytime and everywhere in the life. Definitely her nice music is about the power of love, the beautiful energy that everyone feels. “Love yourself and put yourself first”, she said to us at the end of the interview.

Interviewer : Eugenia Conti

Editing : Morello Selecta

Special thanks to : Italee, Rankin Lele, Mar de Plata, Casalabate Music Festival

JAMAICA LAND WE LOVE – Video reportage from the Island by Gege Vibes

“Jamaica Land We love” è il video reportage realizzato dal team Gege Vibes in occasione del tour internazionale “Kingston Salento” 2017 di Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band. Gege Vibes decide di scoprire le vibes dell’isola insieme alla crew italo jamaicana. Ospiti speciali del tour anche i noti singers made in Salento Sud Sound System.

Un viaggio che abbiamo cercato di raccontare attraverso le riprese : da Kingston ad Oracabessa, dal palco dell’International Reggae Sumfest di Montego Bay a quello del ReggaeJam in Germania dove Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation Band si sono esibiti lo scorso luglio, dalle dancehall ad Hellshire Beach sulle coste di Portmore agli eventi culturali come la presentazione del tamburello di Torre Paduli (Salento) all’Institute of Jamaica, ovvero il museo nazionale degli strumenti musicali. La Jamaica può sembrare una terra ricca di contraddizioni, per certi versi povera e cruenta, ma assolutamente affascinante per tutto il resto. E soprattutto unica per la musica vissuta dall’intera popolazione come la componente più identitaria dell’Isola. I colori, i profumi, la gente calorosa e sempre sorridente, l’oceano, i paesaggi suggestivi, le colline sinuose da un lato e le spiagge incontaminate dall’altro non possono che averci confermato quanto la Jamaica sia un luogo in grado di stregare il cuore. Ed è col cuore che abbiamo cercato di riassumere in un video questa esperienza indimenticabile. Un ringraziamento speciale a Richie Stephens, Ska Nation Band e Puglia Sounds.

Exclusive directors : Eugenia Conti Morello Selecta
Editing : Shaban Shira