13 August 2018
The long wait is over and the twenty-fifth Rototom Sunsplash is about to start with a line-up absolutely worthy of one of the biggest reggae festivals in the world.
Musically, for its opening day the Main Stage will feature the enormous talent of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. The Californian artist famous for his guitar skills, delves into the roots of American music to represent a complete and exciting vision of black music melded into a sound that interweaves rock, funk and blues. As a part of his long and prolific discography, he has collaborated with Blind Boys of Alabama and Charlie Musselwhite, as well as co-signing an album with his mother, Ellen. The Bob Marley concert he saw when he was nine years old in Burbank changed his life and reggae has always been one of his biggest influences. Precisely, his approach to Jamaican music will be one of the threads of the special show that he will offer at Rototom Sunsplash tomorrow, Thursday, August 16, on the first day of its 25th anniversary celebration.
Also among the highlights on Main Stage is the return to the festival of Cocoa Tea, one of the great protagonists in the recent history of Jamaican reggae. After the initial triumphs of his career under the production of King Jammy, this artist saw his career mature in the 90s to the point that it led him to become one of the greatest singers on the island for his balance between conscious sound, lovers style and , above all, for the topics about local news events or international politics that he introduced in reference to his numerous followers in the Jamaican ghettos, such as the remembered ‘Barak Obama’, with which he supported the election of the first black president in the history of U.S.
As an introduction to the Cocoa Tea concert, there will be the interesting performance of Koffee. A rising Jamaican female star, who has given much to talk about thanks to the freshness of her single ‘Raggamuffin‘.
Bearing in mind that Bob Marley has been one of the spirit guides of the Rototom Sunsplash since its inception, the participation of Julian ‘Juju’ Marley & The Uprising, one of the main exponents of his artistic and spiritual heritage, is undoubtedly an unbeatable start for the festival. Born in 1975, together with the brothers Damian, Stephen and Ziggy, he is part of Ghetto Youths International, the group that includes most of the Marley heirs. After debuting in 1996 with ‘Love in the Morning’, his successive works ‘A time & place’ and ‘Awake‘ show a vital paternal influence but with a decidedly personal touch.
Doing its part, the Lion Stage will open in a big way with the very young Jamaicans Earthkry, the Valencian Auxili, the unmissable LONE ARK Showcase by Roberto Sánchez, with Benjammin, Inés Pardo and Shanti Yalah; while the closing will be in the hands of the British Royal Sounds. And, in the Dancehall, it will undoubtedly be a first night of dance with the classes of Mouv’ment Danzer’z and Blaze Up Sounds, and the performance of Spice, a feminine bench mark for dancehall on the Caribbean island. In addition, at the Dub Academy the stand out show will be run by the two resident sounds Blackboard Jungle and Greenlight, to which will be added the knowledgeable selections of the Londoner Oxman in the Caribbean Uptempo.