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.

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ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH 2016 / Line up completa della nuova edizione del Festival reggae più famoso d’Europa

rototom sunspash 2016

Tutto pronto per l’Edizione 2016 del Rototom Sunsplash, il festival reggae annoverato ormai tra i più famosi del Mondo e sicuramente riconosciuto come quello più prestigioso d’Europa. Come ogni anno l’evento si terrà nel territorio di Benicassim in Spagna dal 13 al 20 agosto. Quest’anno gli ospiti che si alterneranno sul main stage e sullo showcase stage sono davvero tanti e di altissimo livello. Cominciamo a vedere la line up dei cantanti che si esibiranno sul palco principale ovvero main stage.

13/08 : Marcia Griffiths, Macaco, Assassin aka Agent Sasco

14/08 : Big Mountain, Israel Vibration & the Roots Radics, Green Valley

15/08 : Alborosie, Morgan Heritage, Kabaka Piramid,

16/08 : Damian Marley, Pablo Moses, Jah9 & Dub Treatment, Ziggi Recado & the Force Band Show

17/08 : Dub Inc, Inner Circle

18/08 : Manu Chao, Tarrus Riley ft. Alaine, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Biga Ranx

19/08 : Junior Kelly, Beres Hammond, Wailing Souls, Randy Valentine, Raphael, Jahcoustix, Sud Sound System,                      Iriepathie

20/08 : Freddie Mc Gregor feat Stephen di Genius & Chino, Tiken Jah Fakoli, Max Romeo & Charmax Family Band,                Volodia & Artikal Band, Yaniss Odua & Artikal Band.

Per quanto riguarda invece l’area dancehall i sound system special guests di questa edizione sono i seguenti:

13/08 : Camouflage Sound, Heavy Hammer

14/08 : Jugglerz, Urtica Sound, Yard Beat Sound,

15/08 : Renaissance Disco, Unity Sound

16/08 : Skilly Walks Discoteque, CHRONIC SOUND FT LASAI & NOVATO

17/08 : Skarra Mucci, Freddie Krueger, Balooba Sound

18/08 : Ma Gash Int’l, Sentinel Sound, Warrior Sound, Brixton Heights

19/08 : Bass Odyssey (from Jamaica), Freedom Cry,

20/08 : Jamie Rodigan

Ci saranno inoltre workshop di dancehall gratuiti con alcuni dei dancehall kings e delle dancehall queens più noti della scena mondiale come Alevanille (Italia), Irie Queen (Spagna), Swaggi Maggi (Germania), Ragga Shugo (Giappone) e Rafa Redvolcon (Spagna).

Passiamo al palco secondario, detto anche showcase stage, che quest’anno come non mai sarà animato da artisti assolutamente interessanti :

13/08 : LION SITTE & WISEHOUSECREW, The misty morning, Tianobless

14/08 : RUNKUS & OLD SKL BOND, The Uppertones, Alex Bass & the Same Song band, Rubera Roots Band, Aflora,               Shaian.

15/08 : Shanty, Marla Brown, Yeahman, El Chamuyo

16/08 : Almamegretta, Rebel Rootz, Inna Cantina Sound, Sistah Awa, Attila

17/08 : Jahneration, Auxili, Koers, Dabadub, Paiaka

18/08 : Alerta Kamarada, Dubmarta

19/08 : Jaume Mas & Wagwaan Band, Ganjahr Family, Rootical Foundation, La severa matacera

20/08 : The Skints, Shanti Powa Orchestra, the Soulshiners

Per concludere non mancherà l’area chiamata Dub Academy. Ecco i nomi di chi si occuperà di riempire lo spazio dub:

13/08 : Nish Wadada, Word – Sound & Power ft. Jimmy Ranks, IMPERIAL SOUND ARMY FT FIKIR AMLAK &                       VIOLIN BWOY, Supah Frans ft. Ponchita Peligros

14/08 : Maasai Warrior, Fat Bird Recordings ft Kobo, Evermoor Sound


16/08 : Manu Digital ft. George Palmer, Greenlight

17/08 : Iration Steppas, Mackie Banton, CHALART58,


19/08 : Jah Observer, Balckboard Jungle, El Indio, ISEO & DODOSOUND FT THE MOUSE HUNTERS


Una line up ricca di tesori artistici insomma. Fino all’inizio del Festival vi racconteremo tramite il nostro portale sempre qualcosa in più sul programma del Festival e su tutte le iniziative organizzate e a cui è possibile participare all’interno del Rototom Village. Stay tuned !

Eugenia Conti