21 August 2016
We have reached the final day almost without realizing it and certainly the sadness at the end of the festival is perhaps greater than the fact that we can soon catch up on some of the sleep lost in the name of love for life and music during these eight days. The topic of the night is definitely the musical families because two incredible and important characters of the history of Jamaican music like Max Romeo and Freddie McGregor have shared the stage with their children, somehow symbolically passing the baton to the younger generation.
Alongside Max Romeo, we could see his daughter Xana and his son Aziz, although it was Romeo himself the responsible for opening the concert with ‘One Step Forward’, ‘War inna Babylon’ and ‘Selassie for Ever’ before leaving the stage to his children. Xana and Aziz are twenty-one and seventeen years old respectively, and following their father’s wake, they also devote themselves to the purest roots. Max left them space to perform three songs each, with which they shone for their spontaneity and freshness, showing that surely they will be among the new Jamaican names to consider in the coming months. Max returned later to the stage to continue his set with ‘Valley of the Jeosaphat’, concluding his concert a few songs later with a great performance of ‘Chase the Devil’, accompanied again by his children.
Before the arrival of Freddie McGregor and his sons, Chino and Di Genius, we could enjoy an excellent, though perhaps brief, show of the phenomenon French roots of Yaniss Odua, alongside Volodia. After Dub Inc and Biga Ranks, we witnessed another great show of the French reggae scene that the public appreciated with great sincerity. Chino appeared on the first part of the McGregors’ set and then it was the turn of his brother Stephen, who everyone knows for his ability as producer. The excitement of dancehall and the great energy of both protagonists arrived with the unmissable ‘Zero Tolerance’, Chino and Stephen’s latest single. When Freddie McGregor hit the stage, there was barely half an hour left for the end of his performance, but this great artist starred in the best possible way with a series of hits including classic songs like ‘Push come to show it’ or ‘Africa here i come ‘.
The end of the festival turned into a big party thanks to the African roots, full of words of hope and freedom of the powerful approach of Tiken Jah Fakoly from the Ivory Coast, famous for his lyrics against political corruption in his country. Wearing a nice African costume, he appeared on a stage where we could also find several typical musical instruments of the African tradition. His music is the African version of the purest roots you can hear. Tiken’s heart is in Jamaica, as he demonstrated in his show with the songs from his latest album, ‘Racimes’, recorded in the land of reggae alongside great artists, as well as with a long medley in which he performed classics from different eras of the Jamaican music as ‘Fade Away’, ‘Hills and Valleys’ or ‘Untold Stories’ by Buju Banton. At the end of his performance, Tiken Jah Fakoly concluded a fabulous edition of the festival with respect to the Main Stage, leaving the crowd with no other choice than to enjoy the few remaining hours of festival in the different musical areas like the Dub Academy, the Showcase or the DanceHall.