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 

DJ & SOUND SYSTEMS COLUMN / Out now SUMMER UP BEAT MIXTAPE by Dj Shyybah

 

Shyybah Fm is a Uk online commercial radio station dedicated to reggae, dancehall, afrobeat, hip-hop and more.  “Your hottest station on the net & your phone” because is possible to download the app for free on the different stores.

Dj Shyybah, the radio’s owner, originally from Jamaica and based in London from the 90s, proposes us a new mixtape called SUMMER UP BEAT – AFROBEAT DANCEHALL MIXTAPE – 2018 promoted in exclusive on Gege Vibes Magazine Soundcloud Channel. Dj Shyybah’s selection is interesting because it deepens into the different branches of the Jamaican and African culture and music.

Listen and free download the mixtape :

https://soundcloud.com/user-738180250/dj-shyybah-summer-up-beat-afrobeat-dancehall-mixtape-2018

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

 

Interview with Answele / Humble and Talented 20 Years Old Artist from Jamaica (Young Pow Prod.)

After the journey of Gege Vibes in Jamaica last summer, we were able to appreciate closely the vibrations of the Caribbean Island from a musical point of view. Bob Marley’s homeland is not only today represented by the Reggae. In fact there are many branches of the genre that have developed over the years and the new sounds that have been created. We could say that today the jamaican music influenced many other genres contaminating it. The Jamaican talents who try to follow their way through their artistic skills are multiplying more and more. Finally the mentality to prefer music and believe in his own dream to the ghetto’s life is being consolidated. Especially in the very young artists. Then I’ve interviewed a singer and musician originally from the area of ​​Trelawny (Jamaica): Answele, only 20 years old. He grew up becoming passionate about music after being in church almost every Saturday at a very tender age, as a lot of jamaican people. The faith is important there as much as music. It was precisely in his parrish that begins his career starting in to play the drums in that place.

“The problem was that my true love for music was for the reggae and not for the liturgical one, but it was not accepted in my church or at home where my father disapproved my behaviour for disobeying to his instructions to don’t perform in reggae and dancehall parties”, Answele said.

But the guy continues to trust himself creating a small label to appear on the scene with the first recordings. In 2016, he experiments different musical genres such as lovers-rock, Hip Hop, Hard-core Dancehall and meets the Jamaican producer Sean Diedrick, owner of the brand Young Pow Productions and historical keyboarder of Damian Marley, as well as Winning Grammy co-producer of Stony Hill Album. Young Pow invests a lot of energy producing the new Answele’s Ep and recording the songs in the famous Big Yard Studio and Tuff Gong Studio, the Bob Marley’s one, both in Kingston Capital (Jamaica). The new Answele’s work is coming out. Let’s hear what his feelings are before the international launch of it.

Your passion for the music started in the church’s environment when you were only a child. Say us something about the beginning of your musical journey

 It was a bit complicated. Parents were strict so i was basically disobeying rules. I was engaged in a lot of singing activitIes at church and I was very good at singing harmonies too, but I would listen mostly to reggae songs on the radios and all I knew is that I enjoyed the sounds and I was having fun singing them among my peers.

 When you grew up from a child to a boy you understood that your real inspiration was the reggae. What represent this musical genre in your life?

I think the way to express myself through my lyrics, the consciousness and a little of my style of music. I enjoyed listening to Reggae artists nation wide and I could feel their music from within and how inspiring it was to me. I was thinking : “I want people to feel it when they listen to any of my songs”.

 How much your community influenced your music and your style?

 My community does play a part, but telling the truth I sing about topics that happen globally across the World every day. Everywhere there are people who are either not with you or genuine people who wants to see you in the way that you aspire to become. As well as there are people who needs motivation through listening music.

What about the creation of TeamTripleWorks music and the collaboration with the great producers Young Pow and Sherieta?

 TeamTripleWorks music was officially created by me and two other associates Bvrban and Ricky Cee in 2015. We all had different talents, I am the harmony vocalist & Graphic Designer, Ricky Cee is the engineer and Bvrban is the beat maker. Then a year ago i was introduced to Young Pow and I met Sherieta few months later, they both loved the sound of my voice and decided to play a major role in my production.

“F U Poverty” is a released dancehall single with a strong lyric. What is for you the way to forget the poverty and to be successful?

 Staying Focus and continue working hard.

Your new single “Stayed” is out in the digital shops. What about the meaning of this song?

 I think I stepped a little out of the box to compose “Stayed”. This song is about a thing that happens every day : men cheating and regretting it afterwards. The speciality about this tune is that I got the instrumental from Young Pow during a time I was thinking about a complicated relationship and it influenced the entire song. This song is on the tracklist of Destiny Riddim, a compilation of different jamaican artists including Popcaan, iOctane, Black Am I and more.

What are your future projects ?

Well I have a new EP (Short Album) that is releasing soon from Young Pow Productions which will include 6 tracks. “Stayed” is also apart of it. The remaining five songs are fire so I am urging the mass to look out for this EP, trust me, the tunes them nuh normal !

Eugenia Conti

 

 

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

DESTINY RIDDIM 2018 / The new compilation of Jamaican artists is out now (Prod by Young Pow, Baby G & Sherieta)

Destiny Riddim is the new coolest reggae product of 2018. The compilation is produced by Sean Diedrick aka Young Pow, the Grammy Winning Producer of Damian Marley’s “Stony Hill”. The Album just won the highest award in the music industry; Baby G, the legacy of King Jahmmy and Sherieta, well known singer, songwriter and Jr Gong’s backing voice. Mainstream names as Popcaan and I-Octane participated in the project with their versions, but on the Destiny Riddim there was also space for some new talents from the Island as Answele. All the artists were really glad to be a part of.

The entire juggling, distributed by the label Ghetto Youths International, is available on iTunes opening this link  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/destiny-riddim-compilation/1342995687

TRACKLIST

  1. Where di Fire Gone – I Octane
  2. Lucky You – Alaine
  3. Where we come from (Remix) – Popcaan
  4. Destiny – Press Kay
  5. If You Knew – Christopher Ellis
  6. Stayed – Answele
  7. Fire Burning – Black Am I
  8. Jah Jah Don’t Leave Me – Irie SoulJah
  9. Morning Thunder – SowFlo

CHECK THE PROMO VERSIONS OF I-OCTANE AND ANSWELE