ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH 2018 is #25YEARSWALKINGTOGETHER Edition

#25yearswalingtogether is the slogan created by Rototom Sunsplash to celebrate his 25 Edition. A fourth of century is already passed but not the memory of the places where everything was started : in Pordenone and Osoppo, Italy. Actually Rototom Sunsplash is organized every summer in Benicassim, Spain . In these 25 years a lot of people was reunited in the mighty name of the stars of reggae and their philosophy. More than 3.2 million people reached Rototom Sunsplash along the different editions, coming from all the Continents of the World. Today this Festival is considered the biggest one in Europe and one of the most important in the World. On the stage, along the different years, more than 2,300 artists alternated. This summer it will be exactly from 16th to the 22nd of August. ’25 years walking together ‘ means prestigious artists of the old and the new generation will be there performing in unity.

Check The entire line up 2018 on the official website : https://rototomsunsplash.com/it/line-up/

Julian Marley and the Uprising, Tarrus Riley, Jimmy Cliff, Spice, Cocoa Tea ft Koffee, The Mighty Diamonds, David Rodigan, Spice, Konshens are only some of the popular singers and bands will perform on the main stage or in the Dancehall area. But remember there are more than two stages. There are 5 options : Main Stage, Dancehall, Lion Stage, Dub Academy and Carribean Tempo. Plus Rototom Sunsplash is not only music. It’s even “Foro Social”, culture, experiences, great food, camping, African Village, Beach, workshops for dancehall dancers, social projects, press conferences, stands and many many more. That’s why we will delve into a different topic about Rototom #25yearswalkingtogether every week before it starts. We guess this edition must be rich of unforgettable vibes.

 

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

Interview with Answele / Humble and Talented 20 Years Old Artist from Jamaica (Young Pow Prod.)

After the journey of Gege Vibes in Jamaica last summer, we were able to appreciate closely the vibrations of the Caribbean Island from a musical point of view. Bob Marley’s homeland is not only today represented by the Reggae. In fact there are many branches of the genre that have developed over the years and the new sounds that have been created. We could say that today the jamaican music influenced many other genres contaminating it. The Jamaican talents who try to follow their way through their artistic skills are multiplying more and more. Finally the mentality to prefer music and believe in his own dream to the ghetto’s life is being consolidated. Especially in the very young artists. Then I’ve interviewed a singer and musician originally from the area of ​​Trelawny (Jamaica): Answele, only 20 years old. He grew up becoming passionate about music after being in church almost every Saturday at a very tender age, as a lot of jamaican people. The faith is important there as much as music. It was precisely in his parrish that begins his career starting in to play the drums in that place.

“The problem was that my true love for music was for the reggae and not for the liturgical one, but it was not accepted in my church or at home where my father disapproved my behaviour for disobeying to his instructions to don’t perform in reggae and dancehall parties”, Answele said.

But the guy continues to trust himself creating a small label to appear on the scene with the first recordings. In 2016, he experiments different musical genres such as lovers-rock, Hip Hop, Hard-core Dancehall and meets the Jamaican producer Sean Diedrick, owner of the brand Young Pow Productions and historical keyboarder of Damian Marley, as well as Winning Grammy co-producer of Stony Hill Album. Young Pow invests a lot of energy producing the new Answele’s Ep and recording the songs in the famous Big Yard Studio and Tuff Gong Studio, the Bob Marley’s one, both in Kingston Capital (Jamaica). The new Answele’s work is coming out. Let’s hear what his feelings are before the international launch of it.

Your passion for the music started in the church’s environment when you were only a child. Say us something about the beginning of your musical journey

 It was a bit complicated. Parents were strict so i was basically disobeying rules. I was engaged in a lot of singing activitIes at church and I was very good at singing harmonies too, but I would listen mostly to reggae songs on the radios and all I knew is that I enjoyed the sounds and I was having fun singing them among my peers.

 When you grew up from a child to a boy you understood that your real inspiration was the reggae. What represent this musical genre in your life?

I think the way to express myself through my lyrics, the consciousness and a little of my style of music. I enjoyed listening to Reggae artists nation wide and I could feel their music from within and how inspiring it was to me. I was thinking : “I want people to feel it when they listen to any of my songs”.

 How much your community influenced your music and your style?

 My community does play a part, but telling the truth I sing about topics that happen globally across the World every day. Everywhere there are people who are either not with you or genuine people who wants to see you in the way that you aspire to become. As well as there are people who needs motivation through listening music.

What about the creation of TeamTripleWorks music and the collaboration with the great producers Young Pow and Sherieta?

 TeamTripleWorks music was officially created by me and two other associates Bvrban and Ricky Cee in 2015. We all had different talents, I am the harmony vocalist & Graphic Designer, Ricky Cee is the engineer and Bvrban is the beat maker. Then a year ago i was introduced to Young Pow and I met Sherieta few months later, they both loved the sound of my voice and decided to play a major role in my production.

“F U Poverty” is a released dancehall single with a strong lyric. What is for you the way to forget the poverty and to be successful?

 Staying Focus and continue working hard.

Your new single “Stayed” is out in the digital shops. What about the meaning of this song?

 I think I stepped a little out of the box to compose “Stayed”. This song is about a thing that happens every day : men cheating and regretting it afterwards. The speciality about this tune is that I got the instrumental from Young Pow during a time I was thinking about a complicated relationship and it influenced the entire song. This song is on the tracklist of Destiny Riddim, a compilation of different jamaican artists including Popcaan, iOctane, Black Am I and more.

What are your future projects ?

Well I have a new EP (Short Album) that is releasing soon from Young Pow Productions which will include 6 tracks. “Stayed” is also apart of it. The remaining five songs are fire so I am urging the mass to look out for this EP, trust me, the tunes them nuh normal !

Eugenia Conti

 

 

Dedication for Valentine’s Day 2018 / “Don’t Make Me Wait” Sting ft. Shaggy (with Lyrics)

LYRICS

(Sting – Shaggy)

Don’t make me wait
Don’t make me wait in vain, to love you
Can’t wait to give you me last name
Don’t make me wait, don’t make me too long girl
Don’t make me wait, don’t make me wait
To love, to love you, to love you
Don’t make me wait, don’t make me wait
To love, to love you, to love you
A wah mi say

(Shaggy)

It didn’t take me long to fall in love with your mind
And I won’t even mention the way your body perfectly design, so fine
And judging from your outlook on life, I knew this would be more than just one night
But now I’m ready for the next level and you’re telling me you need more time, no crime
Nothing wrong with waiting a little bit, yuh know this is more to me than just hittin’ it
But only get a love like this once inna life time and if this is our change I ain’t missing it
My whole life I never felt like this, just wanna run where I don’t wanna fight this
I ain’t rushing yuh to make up yo mind, just wanna put some more quality in a we time
Come on, girl

(Sting – Shaggy)

Don’t make me wait, don’t make me wait
To love, to love, to love you
Don’t make me wait, don’t make me wait
To love, to love, to love you
I can’t wait no fi love ya
Don’t make me wait, don’t make me wait
To love, to love, to love you
Don’t make me wait, don’t make me wait
To love, to love, to love you

(Sting)
I don’t want you to think I’m rushing you
I know you like to take your time (time, time, time)
I’m already sold by the idea, of you and I
Just tell me where I need to sign (sign, sign, sign)
‘Cause I’ve been searching for a while, girl
And I know what works for me (oh, oh)
All I need to know if this is what you want, girl
‘Cause I’m already where I need to be, so don’t make me wait

(Sting – Shaggy)
Don’t make me wait, don’t make me wait
To love, to love, to love you
I can’t wait no longer
Don’t make me wait, don’t make me wait
To love, to love, to love you
Fi wah

(Shaggy)
You don’t wanna rush and I don’t wanna take my time
I’m putting everything on the line
They say that true love’s hard to find
I’m ready now to make you mine

(Sting – Shaggy)
Don’t make me wait
Baby, now, baby, now, don’t make me wait
You gotta say yeah, yeah, yeah
Don’t make me wait
Baby, now, baby, now, don’t make me wait
Don’t make me wait

TRA SOGNO E REALTA’ / Intervista con BOB MARLEY in occasione dei suoi 73 anni

Oggi avrebbe compiuto 73 anni. (Nine Mile, 6 febbraio 1945 – Miami, 11 maggio 1981).

Robert Nesta Marley, per tutto il Mondo noto come Bob, non è solo il pioniere del reggae che resterà 36enne per sempre o il jamaicano rasta più famoso del Globo che aveva per padre un soldato inglese che abbandonò lui e sua mamma sull’Isola. Il rivoluzionario Bob e’ molto di più. E’ la fonte inesauribile di ispirazione per generazioni e generazioni di tutto il Mondo. Se ci avviciniamo ad un nostro genitore canticchiando “One Love, one Earth” loro risponderanno in maniera automatica “Let’s get together and feel all right”, così come se lo facessimo con i nostri figli.

Un’icona planetaria capace di essere compreso da tutti grazie al linguaggio universale che utilizzava : quello dell’amore. Insegnava al prossimo ad amare, indistintamente. A prescindere dal colore della pelle o dallo status sociale. Un’utopista, un lottatore, una guida spirituale. Amante dei diritti umani avrebbe dato la sua vita in difesa degli stessi. Per lui la musica non costituiva un business o un mero intrattenimento, ma una risposta al Sistema consumistico. Il denaro era un mezzo che rendeva schiavi gli esseri umani. Mentre diffondere il messaggio di Jah Rastafari, diffondere amore, pace, unità era la sua missione esistenziale. Ci invitava ad unirci nel nome del bene, dell’antirazzismo, a guardare oltre ogni singolo pregiudizio. Questa notte finalmente l’ho conosciuto nei miei sogni ed ho visto avversarsi il mio più grande desiderio : intervistare proprio lui, Bob Marley in persona. Finanche l’istituzione giornalistica inglese del reggae David Rodigan scrive nella sua biografia ‘My life in reggae’ che fu uno choc, ovviamente positivo, conoscere improvvisamente il suo idolo Bob Marley a Londra ed ancora di più ritrovarsi ad intervistarlo e a lanciare casualmente una sua nuova canzone in esclusiva mondiale su Radio Capital. Un impatto ingestibile per la propria emotività, ma che riuscì a superare grazie all’intraprendenza. ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan racconta che in quell’occasione era nervoso ed impacciato, proprio come un fan dinnanzi al suo beniamino, mentre Bob dal canto suo gli rispondeva in patois giamaicano con la tranquillità e la pace interiore che lo contraddistinguevano. Nel mio sogno lo stato d’animo era lo stesso del Sir “Gentleman RudeBoy”.

Dopo un concerto di Damian Marley, il più giovane dei suoi eredi, scendevo nel camerino convinta di intervistare Jr Gong, ma con immenso stupore trovavo di fronte a me proprio il grande precursore. Illuminato dalla luce foca di una lampada e seduto su una grande poltrona mi diceva “What’s up Lady?” facendomi segno con la mano di avvicinarmi. Io ancora incredula e con le gambe che tremavano all’impazzata mi avvicinavo alla ‘divinità’ con il registratore e la cartellina, sentendomi inadeguata e ridicola con quelli oggetti tra le mani. Mi accomodavo su una poltroncina al suo fianco e ci scambiavamo un sorriso per rompere il ghiaccio. Non avevo nemmeno le domande pronte, ne’ uno schema dell’intervista ed ero fortemente imbarazzata. Dove erano gli altri musicisti, il manager, i promoters ed il video maker per riprendere ? Tutti spariti. Ero in un’altra dimensione ? Non lo sapevo più a questo punto ma il microfono Zoom era l’unico supporto che avevo a disposizione in quel momento per registrare questa testimonianza irripetibile. Premetti il tasto play, con i brividi che mi percorrevano il corpo. Poi con un filo di voce balbettante, improvvisai la prima domanda.

Hmmm… Parli sempre di amore nelle tue canzoni. Come dobbiamo imparare ad approcciarci a questa forza superiore senza lasciarci sopraffare a volte dai sentimenti negativi?

“Si sbaglia sempre. Si sbaglia per rabbia, per amore, per gelosia. Si sbaglia per imparare. Imparare a non ripetere certi errori. Si sbaglia per poter chiedere scusa, per poter ammettere di aver sbagliato. Si sbaglia per crescere e maturare. Si sbaglia perché non si e’ perfetti”.

Ed e’ sbagliato credere nei nostri sogni con tutte le nostre forze, anche quando sembrano più grandi di noi o irrealizzabili ?

“Chi ha paura di sognare e’ destinato a morire”

Tu sei un grande sognatore e perciò rimani immortale nella memoria di tutti noi e delle generazioni a seguire. Il Mondo di oggi si e’ trasformato in un impero del male. Da utopista quale sei quando pensi che finirà la guerra?

“Fino a quando il colore della pelle sarà più importante del colore degli occhi ci sarà sempre guerra”.

Le discriminazioni razziali continuano tutt’oggi. Come si può combattere questo fenomeno che affligge l’umanità ?

“Ricorda. Meglio morire combattendo per la libertà che morire da schiavi. Emancipate voi stessi dalla schiavitù mentale”.

Come ?

“Alla fine è semplice : il bene, il male, la lotta di chi soffre, la paura di chi e’ solo come un cane per strada. La vita e’ un gioco d’azzardo. Se perdi aspetta con calma la tua occasione, ma non smarrire la bussola. E soprattutto non farti corrompere.”

Cosa pensi della politica ? Tutti corrotti ?

La politica non mi interessa, e’ affare del demonio. I politici giocano con la testa delle persone.

La musica invece e’ tutto il contrario…

La musica e’ bella perché anche quando ti colpisce non senti dolore. La mia musica vivrà in eterno. Forse e’ stupido dirlo ma quando sono sicuro del fatto mio, lo dico. Vivrá per sempre.

Se non fossi stato un cantante in che ruolo ti saresti visto…

In quello di un calciatore o di un rivoluzionario.

Ma tu sei già un rivoluzionario, un’icona, una legenda. Non ti rendi conto che rivoluzione hai creato con la musica reggae? Influenzi la vita di milioni di persone ogni singolo giorno.

La musica reggae e’ una forma di lotta e lo diventerà sempre di più. Ti chiedo solo di non cercare di capirla in qualche giorno, in qualche mese, in qualche anno. Lascia che cresca dentro di te lentamente come un bambino. O come una pianta nella profondità della terra.

Perché una pianta come la marijuana terapeutica e’ considerata come qualcosa di illegale oggi e gli psicofarmaci delle case farmaceutiche che spingono le persone al suicidio no?

L’erba e’ illegale? Ma se e’ un dono della natura… Quindi volete dirmi che anche Dio e’ illegale? Non tacciatemi come anti-sistemico. Non sono io ad essere contro il Sistema, ma e’ il Sistema che e’ contro di me.

Eugenia Conti 

DESTINY RIDDIM 2018 / The new compilation of Jamaican artists is out now (Prod by Young Pow, Baby G & Sherieta)

Destiny Riddim is the new coolest reggae product of 2018. The compilation is produced by Sean Diedrick aka Young Pow, the Grammy Winning Producer of Damian Marley’s “Stony Hill”. The Album just won the highest award in the music industry; Baby G, the legacy of King Jahmmy and Sherieta, well known singer, songwriter and Jr Gong’s backing voice. Mainstream names as Popcaan and I-Octane participated in the project with their versions, but on the Destiny Riddim there was also space for some new talents from the Island as Answele. All the artists were really glad to be a part of.

The entire juggling, distributed by the label Ghetto Youths International, is available on iTunes opening this link  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/destiny-riddim-compilation/1342995687

TRACKLIST

  1. Where di Fire Gone – I Octane
  2. Lucky You – Alaine
  3. Where we come from (Remix) – Popcaan
  4. Destiny – Press Kay
  5. If You Knew – Christopher Ellis
  6. Stayed – Answele
  7. Fire Burning – Black Am I
  8. Jah Jah Don’t Leave Me – Irie SoulJah
  9. Morning Thunder – SowFlo

CHECK THE PROMO VERSIONS OF I-OCTANE AND ANSWELE