ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH 2019 is “STAND UP FOR EARTH” 26th Edition

 

The international Reggae of the Rototom Sunsplash puts the finishing touches to its imminent edition with some twenty artists who will grace Benicasim, August 16 to 22. With Anthony BMicah Shemaiah & The DreaditesAaron Nigel SmithAcsel & The Reggae Rebel BandRhomanife and Jamaleònics, to name but a few.

Reggae legends celebrating milestone anniversaries, revivals of classic reggae movie soundtracks, a wealth of female empowerment, and an international gathering at three sound system areas… Rototom 2019 offers all this and more

The Main Stage hosts live shows from some of Jamaica’s biggest artists. It’s the place to see Grammy winning son of Bob, Ziggy Marley, cultural reggae’s 21st century heir-apparent Chronixx, highly creative dancehall “deejay” Busy Signal, and first family of modern reggae Morgan Heritage. A recent addition to the top tier of the lineup is fiery Rasta lyricist Anthony B. Also on the Main Stage are veteran harmony groups Israel Vibration, and Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill, versatile Rasta vocalist Queen Ifrica, deep-voiced cultural singer Bushman, and groundbreaking, trendsetting first lady of reggae song, Marcia Griffiths.

In addition, the stage hosts some special anniversary shows. Devout Rastafarian close harmony group the The Abyssinians celebrate their 50th year, progressive reggae outfit Third World commemorate their 45th, while British ska ensemble Selecter and Rasta prophets Misty in Roots both hit their 4th decade in music.

2019 marks Rototom’s 10th year in Spain, and in honour of this momentous occasion and the growth of Spanish reggae, local legends Green Valleymake a triumphant return to Benicassim. They will be putting on a very special show, filled with special guests.

Also representing Spain on the Main Stage are Navarran future dub duo Iseo & Dodosound with the Mousehunters, Madrid harmony trio Emeterians, and Barcelona’s multi-award winning reggae rumba and funk influenced Macaco

The songs from two of reggae’s greatest feature films are showcased by special collaborative performances. The soundtrack to Ted Bafaloukos’ 1978 reggae film Rockers will be recreated on stage by Bernard Collins of the Abyssinians, Big YouthKiddus I and drummer/lead actor Leroy Horsemouth Wallace. Franco Rosso’s powerful British reggae film Babylon will be revisited by original soundtrack creator Dennis Bovell and the movie’s lead, Brinsley Forde.

Completing the Main Stage lineup are Bob Marley’s grandson Jo Mersa, highly intellectual poet Jah9, veteran mento legends the The Jolly Boys, silky-voiced Protoje-signings Lila Iké and Sevana, hugely popular Californian band Slightly Stoopid and French hip hop collective L’Entourloop.

The neighbouring Lion Stage is a home to rising and seasoned reggae talent. It’s the place to find the African dancehall of Ghana’s Stonebwoy, a new album launch by Jamaica’s Warrior King, the soulful conscious reggae of France’s Nâmaan, honey-voiced Jamaican veteran Linval Thompson, and French sound system and production house OBF with emcees Charlie P, Sr Wilson and Shanti D. A diverse line-up includes Polish reggae ambassadors Bednarek, England’s hugely popular Gentleman’s Dub Club, French rebel singer Tairö, and Italian stalwart Brusco. Two brand new announcements are Jamaican roots revivalist Micah Shemaiah and Billboard chart-topping US-based protest singer and educator Aaron Nigel Smith.

The remainder of the Lion Stage roster is testimony to reggae’s international flavour. Europe is represented by Stand High Patrol featuring Marina P (France), Acsel & the Reggae Rebel band, Istituto Italiano Di Cumbia All Stars and exciting new announcement Rhomanife (all from Italy), Eva Lazarus and Mad Professor’s Young Robotiks Band featuring Lady Marga, Zeena, Redhed QI, Joe Ariwa (UK) and Forelock (Sardinia). From further afield come The New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, The US Virgin Islands’ Reemah, and Puerto Rico’s International Dub Ambassadors. The diversity of Spanish reggae is to be heard in the music of Itaca Band, Lasai, The Dance Crashers, All B, Koers and new Lion Stage addition the Jamaleònics. The festival’s commitment to female energy in dub music is enshrined in Women Soldier, a special ensemble of talented vocalists out of Barcelona and Italy, curated by producer Chalart 58.

Rototom has three spectacular sound system areas, each devoted to a different corner of Jamaican music. The Dancehall area hosts a pulsating party with appearances from UK chart hit maker Stylo G, New York-based Jamaican singer Kranium, Kingston collective Ward 21 and recently added Spanish deejay Mad Muasel. Also in attendance are Jamaica’s Stone Love, Renaissance 30, Freddie Krueger and ZJ Liquid, joined by Japan’s legendary Mighty Crown and Jah Works Sound, Germany’s Sentinel, France’s Drum Sound, Panama’s DJ Chiqui Dubs, Israel’s New Zion Sound, England’s V Rocket and Spain’s Blackup. Italy’s Northern Lights celebrating their 20th anniversary, and Rototom legend Lampa Dread are in residence.

The frenetic sounds of 2 Tone, Ska and Cumbia can be heard in the Caribbean Uptempo area. Highlights of the line-up include Jamaican veteran Winston Francis, the UK’s Natty Bo and former Selecter member King Hammond, as well as Colombia’s Banda Melao with appearances by Colombian and Honduran traditional dancers.

Heavier vibrations await at the Dub Academy. The area has invited an unprecedented gathering of sound systems, including The UK’s Iration Steppas, Jah Tubbys and Sinai, plus the Netherlands’ King Shiloh, Barcelona’s Greenlight Sound, France’s Blackboard Jungle, and Italy’s 48 Roots,  Each of these sonic giants will be bringing to this hallowed ground their own stacks. Further guests will be Mad Professor, the Ivory Coast’s producer Jacin, together some surprise acts.

Reggae’s roots in Africa can be experienced in the eclectic rhythms of the African Village. Artists confirmed for this year are Ghana’s quirky Fokn Bois, Senegal’s electronic Sabar and Mbalax fusionists Guiss Guiss Bou Bess, Ghanian highlife from Kwame, multilingual Guinean female artist Marga Mbande, Ethiopian instrumental quintet Qwanqwa, and Afro-fusion group Sahad and the Nataal Patchwork. DJ sets include Lisbon’s Celeste Mariposa, highlighting and exploring the Afro-Portuguese connection.

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

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

DJ’S & PRODUCERS COLUMN / Gege Vibes introduces the young producer Frank Filograna from Salento, Italy (Germaica Digital)

Frank Filograna is an italian reggae dj & producer based on Salento (South Italy). He is 31 years old, but already active from about sixteen years.

At the beginning he was a component of ​”​Selection Master​”​, a very musically prolific crew​ from his area. Secondly, he founded ​his label “Filomuzik​”​ and soon after it becames part of the independent “Unemployment Records”, with witch he realizes many international collaborations publishing roots and dub vinyls.

​Actually he is a member of ​”​Veebrazion​”​, an historic local sound system​ from Salento and​ also responsible for programming and promoting musical events in his peninsula.

His style is a roots/dub with a touch of hip-hop and soul, influenced by the Jamaican and Uk scene.

Among his productions we can often find also remixes. In this field, when Frank is attracted by some specific world success, he tries to reinterpret them in very personal reggae-hiphop key.

This is also the case of “Rockstar”, whose melody of the refrain and the Post Malone flow have captured Frank so much to take him, together with Adriano Sure, to give life to a captivating version of this worldwide hit. Then, Frank Filograna started the collaboration with Fabi Benz, a popular dj’s and producer from Germany. This link up allowed Frank to meet the boss of Germaica Digital (the prestigious german label well known for the production of Riddims as Doctor Darling Riddim) that decided to produce it.

SOUNDCLOUD LINK : https://m.soundcloud.com/germaica/frank-filograna-vs-post-malone-rockstar-ft-21-savage-reggae-remix 

 

EP REVIEW / “Anomale frequenze” dei No Finger Nails (2016)

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È da pochissimo uscito “Anomale frequenze”, ultimo ep della formazione made in Salento No Finger Nails composta da Andrea Presicce (producer/dub master) Gianni De Donno (Fisarmonica from La Rocha) e Sandro Sax Nocco (sax from Bundamove). L’ep contiene 2 tracks in free download : Original+Dub.
Production&Mixing :No finger nails
Master: B4S Befor Studio – Luca De Biase
Vocal:Danilo Leanza aka SAM D #CasaPazRecords

FREE DOWNLOAD
www.soundcloud.com/nofingernails
www.nfnofficial.bandcamp.com

I già noti dub master salentini continuano la loro fruttuosa ricerca musicale tra “frequenze” dub e sonorità più “anomale”.
Dopo averci già accompagnato per un’ intera estate in viaggi sonori tra note gitane e salentine con la fisarmonica di Gianni De Donno (La Rocha) e le loro ricercate frequenze dub, questa volta si interfacciano con Sam D,un giovane rapper Salentino di Soleto, per il loro primo featuring.
Sam D muove i suoi primi passi nella scena musicale reggae e hip-hop a cavallo tra i millenni fino ad arrivare oggi ad esibirsi nei locali più caldi del Salento.

Della sua collaborazione con NFN dice:“Per me è stata un’esperienza meravigliosa!Lavorare accanto ad un genio musicale come Andrea Presicce non è una cosa da tutti i giorni. Posso dire che è un onore e lui è un grande dub master”.
Andrea Presicce dal canto suo ha dichiarato : “La musica non ha confini, non ha classificazioni. Lei c’è sempre e in forme diverse. Frequenze che vengono plagiate, adattate solo in parte al gusto personale, non serve per guadagno o popolarità! Abbiamo dato sfogo alla libera espressione in ANOMALE FREQUENZE“.

Se volete ascoltare i No Finger Nails in Puglia ecco il link per il prossimo evento live che si terrà alle manifatture Knos di Lecce.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1744094889247616/?ti=cl

Valentina Rubino

Damian Marley in Lecce reportage / Jr Gong smashs up the place during his exclusive date in South italy

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Non è stato un caso che l’unica data in Italia del Sud di Damian Marley si sia svolta la scorso due settembre proprio a Lecce. Si sa infatti che il capoluogo del Salento da sempre vanta una gran concentrazione di appassionati e cultori del reggae. Il merito della diffusione di questo genere va soprattutto ai Sud Sound System che 25 anni fa hanno portato per la prima volta sul proprio territorio le sonorità dell’isola caraibica. Sembrava quindi doveroso che fossero proprio Don Rico, Terron Fabio e Nandu Popu ad aprire il live di Jr Gong. La massive ha atteso fomentatissima che arrivasse il momento catartico. Dall’intera regione interi pullman hanno raggiunto la location di Masseria Ospitale per assistere allo show del più giovane della seconda generazione Marley. Quando Damian è salito sul palco al suono della sua storica hit dancehall / dubstep “Make it Bun dem” feat. Skrillex la folla è impazzita fin dal principio.

Come si suol dire una partenza col botto. Tutto lo spettacolo di oltre un’ora e un quarto è stato sentitissimo dal pubblico che ha fatto da perenne accompagnatore alla reggae star ed alla sua band. I musicisti non sono stati da meno creando un sound spettacolare con una batteria prepotente ed una tastiera sublime. Le due coriste hanno colpito in particolare gli spettatori perché oltre ad avere una voce da paura hanno ballato scatenate on the stage per tutto il tempo seguendo perfettamente il ritmo.

Molto simbolico anche lo sbandieratore che non ha mai smesso di sventolare un enorme drappo sul quale era rappresentato ovviamente un leone. Non solo adrenalina durante suoi pezzi esplosivi come “Set up shop” e “Welcome to jamrock”, ma anche brividi ed emozioni intense quando Jr Gong ha voluto omaggiare il padre Bob eseguendo alcuni suoi pezzi come “Could you be loved”, “Exodus” e “Get Up Stand Up”.

Una pioggia di stelle ha incorniciato la voce del singer jamaicano in una bellissima notte di settembre.

Terminato il suo live a continuare a far danzare i presenti ci ha pensato Gappy Ranks, singer inglese dallo stile molto dancehall che ha chiuso il bellissimo evento promosso dall’agenzia leccese “Molly’s Art” con una marea di fresh and positive vibes.

It was not a coincidence that the only date in South Italy of Damian Marley was the last 2 September just in Lecce. It is known that the capital of Salento always has a large concentration of enthusiasts reggae lovers. The merit of the diffusion of this kind was of Sud Sound System that 25 years ago led for the first time on their territory the sounds of the Caribbean island. It seemed so right that Don Rico, Terron Fabio and Nandu Popu to open the life of Jr Gong. The massive was very hot and waiting for the arrival of the cathartic moment. A lot of busses from the whole region have reached the location of Ospitale Masseria to watch the show of the youngest of Marley’s second generation. When Damian took the stage the sound of his historic hit dancehall / dubstep “Make it Bun dem” feat. Skrillex made the whole massive go crazy. The show started with a bang. The show was more than an hour and and the public was the constant companion to the reggae star and his band. The musicians were not outdone by creating a spectacular sound with a bully drummer and a sublime keyboarder. The two chorists were especially good viewers because apart of their beautiful voice they unleashed dance on the stage all the time by following the rhythm perfectly. Very symbolic even the flag-waver who has never stopped waving a huge cloth on which was obviously represented a lion. Not only adrenaline during its explosive tracks like “Set up shop” and “Welcome to Jamrock”, but also chills and intense emotions when Jr Gong wanted to give a tribute to his father Bob performing some of his songs such as “Could you be loved”, “Exodus” and “Get Up Stand Up”. A lot of stars framed by Damian’s voice in a beautiful September night. After his live the event continued with Gappy Ranks, english singer by dancehall style that ended the nice event promoted by the agency from Lecce “Molly’s Art”.

Articolo Eugenia Conti

Photo Gallery Francesco Sciolti