20 August 2019
The Social Forum will give voice to the indigenous fight against the exploitation of the Amazon by way of the environmental activist Sonia Guajajara
The Jamaican flag will wave with full force over the Main Stage this Tuesday at Rototom Sunsplash. We will welcome three outstanding champions of the music born on the Caribbean island, with their different styles and flows. The line-up will be headed up by Morgan Heritage, one of the most well-known and internationally acclaimed reggae bands. They were started in 1994 by five of Denroy Morgan‘s sons, who was one of the veteran icons of this musical style.
The group, who won the Best Reggae Album Grammy in 2015 for ‘Strictly Roots‘, will bring an ample repertoire to Benicàssim, complete with hits that will demonstrate their eclectic mix of reggae, dancehall, R&B, pop and rock, reflecting their heritage from Jamaica and New York.
In addition, the Main Stage will welcome The Jolly Boys this Tuesday, one of the historical mento bands that are still active. Formed in 1945 and hailing from Port Antonio, they had their official presentation with the Jamaican residency of the parties held by actor Errol Flynn. Throughout their almost 75-year career, they have managed to combine the standards of mento with covers of artists such as The Clash, Iggy Pop and Amy Winehouse in their songs.
Before getting up onto the Main Stage, the group will also take up microphones in the Reggae University to participate in the special session entitled ‘Take me to Jamaica: The Never Ending Story of The Jolly Boys’.
The finishing touch of this trio will be the performance of Israel Vibration, champions of the most rastafari reggae harmony who, throughout their career, have given history such hits as Same Song and Why Worry.
The Californian band Slightly Stoopid, for the first time at Rototom Sunsplash, will complete the line-up on the Main Stage for the day. They’ll bring a show that will bring some of the main hits in their repertoire, in which they fuse reggae with blues, folk, hip-hop and even punk.
Beyond the Main Stage this day, festivalgoers can enjoy a range of different offerings. The day is special because unemployed residents of the Castelló province will be able to enter the venue at a special price of 5 Euros, upon presenting their updated Servef certificate (not DARDE) at the ticket office. Some examples on offer include the evening performance on the Lion Stage that will have an Italian touch with the Istituto Italiano di Cumbia All Stars (Italy), Marina P & Stand High Patrol (Italy-France), as well as Forelock & Arawak who also hail from Italy. In addition, the show that will take place in the Dub Academy from the producer Jacin from Ivory Coast.
For its part, the Social Forum will set out on a unique and challenging journey to the Amazon with the well-known environmental activist Sonia Guajajara. She is one of the most outstanding leaders in the Brazilian environmental movement and is also the first indigenous woman aiming to be president of the country. She will lead the debate titled ‘Land and dignity’ which as well as addressing the issues surrounding the massive deforestation in the region, will also look into the delicate political situation Brazil is experiencing, alongside the policies imposed by its president Jair Bolsonaro, who this year refused to accept the Climate Summit.
In the same theme, this same space will also show the documentary ‘The Rights of Nature’, which analyses how society can have the ability to pressure governments to implement laws that, inspired by indigenous cultures, can aid in the defence of the environment.