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.

ITALIAN BOMB RIDDIM (Adriatic Sound Prod. 2019) Ft. Anthony B, Elephant Man, Bay C, Likkle Charlie, Rankin Lele & Papa Leu

From the shores of Salento, in South Italy, production duo Papa Leu and Rankin Lele aka Adriatic Sound have built the “Italian Bomb Riddim” dropped last 25th of January 2019. The riddim itself invokes a late 90’s early 2000 dancehall vibe; a driving bass-line with a teasing, guitar heavy, steel pan tinged melody that makes a direct connection. The select crew of 3 dancehall mainstays: Bay C, Elephant Man and Anthony B, deliver equally classic dancehall performances. Fresh talent from yard is given a focus on the Likkle Charlie track, while the producers, Rankin Lele and Papa Leu themselves deliver the fifth track of the juggling.

A “High Grade” track, is what Anthony B brings to the juggling, with a vibrant declaration of his sacramental use of cannabis. In “Welcome to Italy”, Elephant Man shares his love for all Italian things. From Salento to shoes, Ele is back at his lyrical best, delivering a track that captures the joyful irreverence of the south coast and connects it to his Jamaican core. Bay C, from TOK family, similarly cross connects cultures in “Pepper Pot”, voicing his appreciation for the ladies, especially Salento’s scotch bonnet hot senoritas, in patois and in Italian! Salentino dialect is less known than patois, but Rankin Lele and Papa Leu’s delivery of “Prova Cu Te Movi” showcase it in a way that already has the streets of Salento buzzing. In a listening, the riddim gives the sense that Likkle Charlie’s “Walk and Talk” is as much an order to all listeners, as it is a playful freestyle by the relative unknown.

The last track of the compilation, in perfect Jamaican style, is the instrumental “Italian Bomb Riddim”, produced by Rankin Lele and Papa Leu for Adriatic Sound and arranged with the drummer Antonio “Fossa Drummer” Miglietta and the keyboardist Alessandro “Maestro” Garofalo. Recorded in Salento, in Italy between Adriatic Sound Studio and Sud Sound System Studio, and mastered by Jamoi “J-twiss” Monteith at the Clearsonix Production Studio of Kingston in Jamaica.

Big tings a gwaan inna Italy!!!

DOWNLOAD ITALIAN BOMB RIDDIM : https://player.believe.fr/v2/3615936794229

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

ETERNAL VIBES / Esce oggi in tutti gli stores il decimo album dei Sud Sound System

Esce oggi in tutti i negozi di dischi e gli stores digitali il nuovo e decimo album in studio dei Sud Sound System. Dopo 25 anni di carriera musicale e dopo essersi esibiti in importantissimi palchi in tutto il Mondo, il trio salentino formato da Don Rico, Nandu Popu e Terron Fabio non smette di sorprendere i propri supporters. Nasce così Eternal Vibes, un progetto che vuole rendere omaggio alla musica reggae, quel sound jamaicano che da sempre ha ispirato i Nostri e che li ha portati ad essere definiti ambasciatori italiani del genere in tutto il Mondo. Già ascoltando la title track ci si può rendere conto dello stile. Le vibrazioni eterne che hanno ispirato la Nostra band sono quelle legate al Mondo delle note, della musica, della natura e dell’incontaminato. Perché nonostante la società corrotta e invivibile odierna, i Sud Sound System lanciano il messaggio che non bisogna smettere di essere dei sognatori innamorati. D’altra parte per combattere lo stato di cose non si può che sfidare il Sistema. Ragion per cui troviamo singoli come “Brigante” o “Ribelle”. Ribellarsi alle bugie che ci vengono indottrinate fin da piccoli, mettere in dubbio le proprie certezze e non avere fede nelle Istituzioni sono alcuni dei principi cardine che sorreggono la ratio di questo disco. La figura del brigante viene riproposta dai Nostri come una sorta di eroe moderno che lotta contro le ingiustizie quotidiane e che tenta di proteggere la propria Terra da chi vuole violentarla, proprio come accadeva ai tempi di Carmine Crocco e Ninco Nanco. La peculiarità è che per il singolo viene ricercato un sound molto allegro ed energico, a differenza delle tipiche ballate dedicate ai briganti che erano cupe e tristi. La conoscenza sempre più approfondita che i cantanti hanno acquisito negli anni della Taranta permette il giusto equilibrio affinché si possa parlare di tematiche delicate e difficili accompagnandosi con un suono più leggero e positivo. Già osservando il l videoclip ufficiale di “Brigante” si può apprendere a meglio il concetto proposto nella lirica.

Lo Stato, la Chiesa, i politici sono spesso nemici del popolo. Ed ecco che troviamo le tracce “A nume de Diu” o “Cose de pacci”. Non mancano le collaborazioni importanti, jamaicane e non. I Nostri ricordiamo che hanno vissuto l’anno scorso un mini tour di successo in Jamaica tra Kingston e Montego Bay. Quest’estate invece ritorneranno sull’Isola in quanto special guests di Richie Stephens e Ska Nation Band sul main stage del Reggae SumFest, il festival dedicato al genere più importante dell’intero pianeta.

Ed ecco che sulla base troviamo nomi del calibro di U-Roy, Anthony B, Freddy Mc Gregor e Wild Life. Alcuni di loro possono essere considerate vere e proprie leggende del genere a livello mondiale. Come collaborazione italiana invece viene scelto lo straordinario Maestro napoletano Enzo Avitabile in “Chi lotterà vivrà”.

Dancehall, reggae, ballate d’amore e tanto altro all’interno di questo album disponibile in doppia versione sia come cd che come vinile. Eternal Vibes rappresenta il restare sul territorio, difenderlo tirando fuori le unghie ed i denti, ma nonostante gli abusi e i soprusi non perdere la propria genuinità, felicità e voglia di vivere. Traccia dopo traccia sarete indotti al ragionamento e alla presa di coscienza, ma al contempo saprete come curare le vostre ferite a ritmo di musica. Quelle melodie che sprigionano i propri poteri taumaturgici nella vita di ogni persona e che i Sud Sound System non riescono a smettere di comporre, riproponendosi ogni volta al pubblico in maniera più profonda e brillante.

  1. Mistycal Sound
  2. A nume de Diu
  3. Nu be na carta te bruciare
  4. Tegnu na scusa
    05. Eternal Vibes feat. Anthony B.
  5. Chi lottera vivrà feat. Enzo Avitabile
  6. Na luce feat. Freddie Mc Gregor
  7. Mare de lu salentu
  8. Brigante
  9. Balance
  10. Ribelle
  11. Alle pezze
  12. Come un gabbiano
  13. Cose de pacci
  14. Indifferenza feat. U ROY
  15. Tocca Sai feat. Wild Life

Eugenia Conti