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).

Interview with DJ-PELE KNACKIS – Europe Tour 2019 Recap – (Gege Vibes Magazine Mixtape Vol.1 in free download)

We interviewed the versatile Dj-Pele Knackis from Brown’s Town, Jamaica, in Italy during his last Spring Europe Tour 2019 promoted by Gege Vibes in collaboration with Young Pow  (Free Download Gege Vibes Magazine mixtape Vol. 1 by DJ-PELE KNACKIS and subscribe to our Soundcloud following the link below).
Dj Pele told our microphone his disc jockey’s history from the beginning of 2001, continuing to share his memories with us by working with artists and his memories on this side of aWorld. “European tours are very good experiences because I have the possibiity to show my style in different arenas with different crowds”, he said. We want to remember you that Dj Pele arrived in Europe for the first time in December 2018 as Answele’s disc jockey, both guests of I-Octane’s “Love & Life” tour, also promoted by our company. For this occasion, Dj Pele had the opportunity to experience countries like Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, France and Germany, after he returned in March / April 2019 to deliver some DJ sets in different cities like Barcelona, ​​Vienna, Rome , Milan, Naples and Salento. (Check the Youtube Video)
Interviewer: Eugenia Conti Shooting: Andrew Caste Editing: Young Man Production

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

Brand New Valentine’s Day Video / Looking for Love – Tres (02/14/2018)

There is a congolese proverb that says :

“No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come”. This proverbs embodies the journey of Tres. Born and raised as an orphan in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tres had a nomadic life; moving from the couch of hostels to the harsh reality of the streets. While many of his counterparts fell to the same demise; Tres wanted to be different. Having observed the pain of the people and the violence that ever so plagued his area, he wanted to help. He acknowledged that he could make a change and figured the only solution would be to share a different message, one that would seep through their present pain. He wanted to bring some joy in a place where such a thing was foreign. Overall he wanted to make a difference!

At the age of nine, self discovery brought a solution to Tres and he realized that when he would sing, he would capture the attention of the people in his village. In this time, this became a boy’s dream and Tres concluded that this will be his life pursuit. Such dreams however couldn’t be actualized in his present environment. With ongoing political violence in his area, Tres made the bold decision to leave DR Congo at the age of 16, to pursue his dream and begin his musical journey.

In 2009, in an unexpected move, Tres performed for Prince William at Centerpoint Hostel. It was a half done performance which was enough to impress Prince William who later invited him to perform again at Clarence House. This was a breakthrough for Tres. This opportunity into the spotlight, landed appearances on the Nelson’s show, Sky News and This Morning followed.

Shortly after, he signed his first record deal with Roundhouse Records in 2010. Since then, he has supported The Black Keys while earning the nomination for Best Male UK based Afro/Caribbean Act of 2010 at the BEFFTA Awards.

In recent times, Tres musical ambitions continue to grow working with world renowned writers affiliated with the likes of Adele, Florence and the Machine, Santigold, Rihanna, Mikky Ekko, Alex Clare, Tom Odell, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini to name a few. This expansion in this new territory has been lifted under new management. With new releases scheduled for 2017 , Tres is currently working on his new album under the direction of Plum Music. ‘Looking for love’ is the first official Videoclip of Tres released today on YouTube. The location of the video is in the cosmopolitan East London. The shootings were directed in coloured and artistic areas like Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Hackney Wick. A real hantem in favor of the love without prejudices and any form of racism.

In his own words Tres said : “For me, it was never about the popularity , it was about the music. My joy is that I get to share it”

Henry Seven 

Check the Event / Davido & Tres live Concert in Birmingham (02/17/2018)

Nice news for the mainstream afrobeat lovers from Uk. The afro star Davido will be live in concert next Saturday 17th of February in Birmingham. The brilliant singer from the ‘30 billion crew’ will perform for his English fans in the cool venue of The New Bingley Hall. The artist won in 2017 MTV Double Award (Winner Best African Act & Best Worldwide Act) and the famous Mobo Award (Winner Best African Act). So is understandable that the first and the second tickets releases are already sold out. For more tickets check the website : www.fatsoma.com

In open act will be Tres, the African new talent from Congo and popular for his new hit “Looking for Love”. His sound is a mix between an innovative pop and afrobeat. His history is also fascinating. There is a congolese proverb that says : “No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come” This proverbs embodies the journey of Tres. Born and raised as an orphan in the Democratic Republic of Congo as we said , Tres had a nomadic life; moving from the couch of hostels to the harsh reality of the streets. While many of his counterparts fell to the same demise; Tres wanted to be different. Having observed the pain of the people and the violence that ever so plagued his area, he wanted to help finding his peace and mission trough music. Today he is working on his solo project with Plum Music Company.

Can’t wait these good vibes.

Eugenia Conti 

Henry Seven