Africa brings its mosaic of cultures on the African Village of Rototom Sunsplash 2019

We all know the big respect that Rototom Sunsplash Festival always showed for Africa creating an program of the African Village that offers music, reflection, learning and dance. African Village represents the more rebellious side of the reggae world, a revolutionary genre that has always been united to Africa and the African cause. This link once again make itself obvious in the 26th edition of the Rototom Sunsplash festival, which has included some interesting changes in one of its most dynamic spaces, without losing its essence. Show, debate, discover and share is the challenge, as well a drinking in the diversity of a continent that fills Benicàssim with vitality. From August 16 to 22, African Village, and the voices that represent it, take centre stage. The Senegalese human rights author and activist Mamadou Dia heads the African Village for the first time, focusing on some of the most important issue that currently matter to the populations of African both internally and externally. All this, with an extra dose of critical thinking, comments Dia, for whom the fact that a reggae festival incorporates a space “to bring Africa closer to Europe and shorten the distances that still separate us” does nothing but “enrich it even more“.

Ataya represents the biggest change in the area. A focal point of direct and close dialogue evolving around the tea ceremony -traditional in the central strip of the continent, from Senegal to Ethiopia- offering space of discussion to prestigious Africans and Afro-descendants, such as the activist Sani Ladan, the writer Desirée Bela-Lobedde and the journalist Lucía Mbomio. Together each day they will discuss, from 16:00 in the shelter of Ataya, the challenges of African dignity from the perspective of cyber-activism -in the talk We will occupy the NET on August 17-; the anti-racist campaign #Wearemore (Sunday 18), which will be present at Rototom along with other initiatives that have sprung up all over Europe, such as the German #WirSindMehr or Love music, hate racism movement in England.

On August 19, it will be the turn of the session Let’s Talk Politics that accepts the challenge of analysing who represents the African and Afro-descendant communities and how they do so. Building a legacy for the new generation (Tuesday 20); Decolonizing the mind and Sustainable Initiatives to create a more dignified, responsible and supportive society (August 21 and 22, respectively), complete the program of debates during the Ataya.

The dancers MakadyIndee Style and Flora (African Dancers Crew) will bring the modern dance moves, with Cumba from Senegal giving a more traditional flavour to the area’s African dance slot, every afternoon from 18:30 to 20:00. They will fuse the day with the dusk perfectly, welcoming in the sonic universe of African Village, which this year offers a musical journey through Ghana, Angola, Senegal and Ethiopia with six leading bands on the bill and DJ sessions at the rhythm of afrobeat and coupé-décalé until dawn.

Every day (except August 22), from 21:30, the African Stage will be the only active stage after the first concert of the Main Stage. A musical epicentre of which the Guinean-Spanish singer Marga Mbande will raise the curtain on August 16, presenting Moulema Beats, a project with electronic sounds, uptempo and touches of afrobeat that also includes the percussionist Jordi Anchobeta Sanz and the DJ and beat maker Ches. On Saturday 17, the Ethiopian vibes will be brought by Qwanqwa, bulwark of experimenting with traditional Ethiopian music and with several festivals and two European tours to their name.

The sounds of Ghana take the African Stage on August 18, with one of the country’s leading bands set to take the international scene, Fokn Bois, that will play their first concert in Spain at Rototom Sunsplash. Their ascendance has been marked most recently by their collaboration with the singer of Blur and the Gorillaz, Damon Albarn.

On August 19, from the same rhythmic universe will be Kwame Ghana High Life. While, on Tuesday the 20th will see Noche Afribuku take the stage, with another of the powerful shows for this year’s edition: the Guiss Guiss Bou and the DJ set with Celeste Mariposa, who will also perform for the first time in Spain on the African Stage.  

The sets of the African Disco will play through dawn at the festival with Dj Douds(Senegal), the area’s resident, who will be joined on Saturday the 17th by N’Zinga(Spain / Nigeria); the Spanish Dj Diego Armando (Sunday 18); Celeste Mariposa(Portugal, August 20) and Betto Snay from Angola (Wednesday 21).

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

Documentary Out Now / Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley Stony Hill to Addis”

Out now the amazing documentary “Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley – Stony Hill to Addis” about the last African tour of the reggae star (2017).

The reportage is presented by Tidal for Mochilla Production. As his father, Jr Gong continues his spiritual travel in the Land of lions and hope. He is the best ambassador, through his music, to underline the special link between Jamaica and Mama Africa, the Mother of the Earth. Emotional vibes !

Interview with Luciano the Messenjah : “Music is a gift from Jah”


Luciano the Messenjah represents positive and uplifting reggae music, with the intention of elevating the minds of people from all walks of life. The historical artist from Kingston, Jamaica chose to dedicate his lifestyle to the Rastafarian culture.

Really famous from all over the world, we met him last spring in Utrecht (Netherlands) during his European tour with Freddie McGregor. We talked about a lot of topics : for example the spirituality in Africa and the music’s power that is a gift from Jah. The veteran singer gave also his point of view about the involution of the actual dancehall scene.

Interview : Eugenia Conti

Shooting : Henry Seven

Editing : Lucia Rosato

FROM CONGO TO LONDON / Interview with the new talent Tres

In the famous Rak Studios of London Gege Vibes met and interwieved the new talent and rising artist TRES. He has been telling us his deep history about his hard journey from Congo to London and also about his future music projects and career.
The new single hit of Tres “Looking for love” is already online and available to listen for your pleasure.
Interview :  Eugenia Conti 

Special Thanks :

Get Up Music / Typ – Take your Pin / Henry Seven / Rak Studios / Plum Music

VIDEO INTERVISTA CON MAMA MARJAS : "Io bianca di pelle, ma nera nell'anima"

mama marjas la gente

Nello studio dell’etichetta indipendente tarantina Love University Records la regina del Reggae nostrano Mama Marjas si racconta ai microfoni di Gege Vibes dopo l’uscita del suo ultimo album Mama (ottobre 2015). Da sempre nota per il suo timbro di voce reggae Marjas ha deciso di sperimentare in questo nuovo progetto una quantità numerosa di sonorità black: dalla soca del Mali al dembow di Santo Domingo destreggiandosi con abilità in tutti gli stili. “Un’evoluzione, non uno snaturarsi” ha risposto la Queen of Bacchanal a chi l’ha accusata di aver perso completamente la sua essenza artistica con questo cd.

Carmen nella vita e nel lavoro, Maria continua ogni giorno a fare musica indipendente sotto la guida del veterano dj e producer Don Ciccio e a combattere contro i pregiudizi, le ingiustizie ed il mercato musicale totalmente corrotto ed in cui ormai tutto si limita alle views.

Soffermandoci sulle singole tunes ci presenta Mama: un omaggio all’Africa che è la sua mamma spirituale e di conseguenza madre di tutti gli esseri umani. Ci ribadisce quanto nonostante sia bianca di pelle la sua anima sia completamente black. Ci descrive quanto voglia cogliere tutte le sfumature ed i vari sound della musica con matrice nera, la quale dal continente africano si è sviluppata in molte altre aree geografiche del Pianeta. Ad esempio l’anello di congiunzione per quanto riguarda la diffusione delle sonorità africane in America è stato il tragico fenomeno della schiavitù.

Benedicendo le donne, categoria di cui si sente fiera di appartenere, ed amando spasmodicamente la sua Terra pugliese che non lascerà “Mai”, come asserisce nella lirica di questo brano presente in Mama, traccia dopo traccia ci conduce in un viaggio sonoro tra le musiche del Mondo.

Intervista : Eugenia Conti

Riprese : Giorgio Nuzzo

Montaggio : Lucia Rosato