Gege Vibes Team meets the young jamaican singer Koffee during the 25th edition of Rototom Sunsplash 2018 in Spain before of her performance with Cocoa Tea on the main stage of the Festival. Koffee is only 18 years old but she is an aware artist already with a really conscious mentality and she is able to inspire the new generations as well. Koffee says her main musical inspirations are firstly Chronixx and Protoje (she performed together with them last November in London, UK for the event BBC Introducing at Tobacco Docks and the day after at the prestigious venue Alexandra Palace for a sold out show of ten thousands people), but even artists like Agent Sasco Buju Banton, Sizzla and many more. Her last single “Toast”, from upcoming Rapture Ep out on every platform from last month, got very good feedbacks in the worldwide musical panorama. “Gratitude is a must”, Koffee tells in the lyric of this song. She is actually considered a rising reggae star and definitely the revelation of last and this year.
The first night of “Rototom Sunsplash 2018 – 25 years walking together” was explosive. The day one of the biggest European Reggae Festival started last evening with high-level performances. On the main stage there were Julian Marley from Jamaica, Cocoa Team ft Koffee from Jamaica and Ben Harper from Usa. Julian Marley & the Uprising gave us a great show as usual. “Juju” conquered the spectators reinterpreting some Bob Marley’s hits like One Love and Exodus. The brand new album of Julian Marley will be out very soon. Then there was the turn of Cocoa Tea that smashed up the stage. His energy was incredible for the whole performance and his special guest Koffee was the real revelation for the Rototom’s crowd. Koffee is only 18 years old, but her talent and intelligence is impressive. She was defining herself blessed to have the opportunity to share the stage with a veteran name of the Jamaican music as her mentor Cocoa Tea. Last star on the main stage was Ben Harper. Ben leaded the massive during the show with his historical band the Innocent Criminals and the sound of his own guitar. After it everyone moved in the dancehall area to enjoy Spice’s performance and the New Level Bcn Crew, sound system from Spain. Spice confirmed yesterday in Benicasim her title of “Reina of Dancehall” and we must give a big up to her official dancer Rebel as well. Tonight we’re attending legendary names on the main stage: Groundation (Usa), Sly & Robbie, Yellow Man, Johnny Osbourne, Bitty McLean (Jamaica/Uk) and “dulcis in fundo” Jimmy Cliff (Jamaica).
The dancehall president Skarra Mucci joined us in Spain last summer at Rototom Sunsplash 2016. In the back stage of festival’s main stage we had the opportunity to interview him before the show with Dub Inc. The singer explained us the power of dancehall vibes that are able to spread positivity in every person and we talked about his last musical project “Dancehall President”.
Interview Eugenia Conti
Shooting Giorgio Nuzzo
Editing Vincenzo Morello
Nice interview with a great dancehall dancer from Barcelona : Rafa Redvolcon. We met the artist last summer during Rototom Sunsplash 2016 in Benicassim, Spain. Rafa was part of the official Rototom dancers Crew with Alevanille, Ragga Shugo, Irie Queen and Swaggi Maggi.
We met Ziggi Recado, mad reggae singer from Amsterdam, last summer in Rototom Sunsplash 2016 (Spain). Gege Vibes interviewed the artist before his show on MainStage in line up with Jah 9 and Damian Marley. Ziggi Recado after a summer tour in Europe, Caribbean and America announced us the release of his last album “Ivan the terrible Ep” that contains the hit “Blessed”. A really nice reggae / rootz recording project.