19 August 2018
On the Lion Stage, Biga Ranks, Auxili, Skarra Mucci and Rafeelya from Britain. The Dancehall Yard will jump in the air with Coppershot y Jugglerz
We arrive at the halfway point of the festival to enjoy another night of intense emotions. Peter Tosh was one of the biggest artists in the history of reggae and his fans love him, not just for his personality, but also for his consistency in fighting against injustice.
Peter paid a high price for his militancy on more than one occasion, between being arrested and hit by the Jamaican police. He stared his activity during the ska period alongside Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer and the Wailers and continued as a solo artist with an extraordinary career until his tragic early death in September 1987. In a collection of respectable reggae albums, you can’t miss his classic albums from the 70s. The night will kick off with an homage to Peter Tosh with the most appropriate person, his son Andrew. The English twins Mafia & Fluxi and their band will supply the basis of the sound, but there is also another guest; the keyboardist Keith Sterling, who did a world tour with Peter in the 70s as a member of Word, Sound & Power.
After this homage, the festival resumes with one of the most praised Spanish reggae artists; the real name of Morodo is Rubén David Morodo Ruiz who was born in Madrid on 1st December 1979. He started with hip-hop and ragga in his teens and later formed a part of OZM Posse, playing live with them all over Spain and recording various demo-tapes. He found success in 2004 with the CD ‘Cosas que contarte’, which sold 16,000 copies and which became one of the most important reggae albums of that year. In 2006 he started playing as an established artist in Holland, Belgium, Portugal and Germany, although his success was established more through his first tours of South American countries like Chile, Venuzuela, Columbia and Panama. Other exellent albums are ‘Rebel action’ and his latest work ‘Reggae Ambassador’.
Later will will come back to Jamaica with one of the best current reggae artists, above all in terms of lyrics. Kabaka Pyramid is famous for his formidable lyrics as well as the hip-hop attitude that he was a fan of when he was younger, which he expresses through his music. After recording a number of singles, with which he highlighted the political corruption in ‘Well done’, Kabaka has continued with his first album ‘Rebel music’ (2011) with ‘Kontraband’, one of the best Jamaican albums of 2018 in collaboration with Chronixx, Protoje, Akon and Damian Marley.
To finish the parts, we have one of the mainstays of the 2018 edition. David Rodigan has always been one of the most important reggae DJs due to his radio presence and the many sound clashes fought and won against the most prestigious Jamaican groups. Thanks to many performances on the dancehall stage, David will at last step up to the Main Stage as a master of ceremonies of his Outlook Orchestra, a large orchestra with rich string and wind sections that will offer us a musical journey through the history of Jamaican music from the unedited perspective of David, who will accompany with narrations.
The Lion Stage will be a testament to the Spanish Biga Ranx ft. Atiliy Skarra Mucci and the new English sensation Rafeelya. The Dancehall Yard will light up with Coppershot y Jugglerz. In the Dub Academy we will have a classic of the electronic dub style with Vibronics, and in Caribbean Uptempo it will be the turn of Artical Ranx and Caribbean Uptempo Crew con Magoo Brixton MC.
Written by Pier Tosi. Translated by Finn Darco