22 August 2018
Night 6 of the 25th edition of Rototom Sunsplash on the Lion Stage took place with a view to multiethnicity. Every year there are more bands on the Lion Stage from different countries and ethnicities.
One of these kicked off the exciting night on the Lion Stage; Sir Jean and the Roots Doctor. It was a mix of Afro-French-Senegalese musicians that featured a wide range of sounds and rhythms; reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, drum & bass, dub, electro… So many styles, perhaps too much.
Next up was a powerful trio of musicians from the USA; the Uppertones. They arrived at Rototom with a colourful set, als in terms of decoration, with their calypso boogie and mento style. Jamaican music from the 50s played to the highest standards by the veteran and expert Upptertones.
Another highlight on the 6th day on the Lion Stage was the presence of an important Jamaican artist Samory I, member of the new generation of Kingston artists that have passed through the Lion Stage this edition. It was a truly great set; invigorating and intense, interpreted with knowledge and feeling. The crowd were captivated from the first tune, they didn’t stop for even a second and the calls for an encore were insistent. The emerging Jamaican, who last played barely four years ago, seemed predestined… and loved the sauteed chicken he had before the show.
Finishing up the night was Paula Bu y Emma Youth with a backing band well known on the Lion Stage at Rototom; The Same Song Band. The two young Spanish artists are exploring new terrain with their blend of rap, reggae and dancehall, which will lead them on the right track if they continue their work and artistic commitment. The crowd danced and sang along; maybe this was a testament to the importance of the event for the two young Spanish musicians.
Written by Paul Stones. Translated by Càrol Ferré Pellicer and Finn Darco