16 August 2017
Rototom Sunsplash reaches its fifth day with a musical and cultural exchange between the rhythms of West Africa and the many moods of reggae in Jamaica. For the 24th edition of the festival, titled Celebrating Africa, two giants of their musical fields join rising talents across the many stages and venues.
The Main Stage starts with a bang, to the frenetic frenzy of dancehall veteran, child talent show winner and born entertainer, “the doctor” Beenie Man. One of the most hardworking exports from Jamaica’s Edna Manley College and live band scene, Raging Fyah will steady the pace and turn up the bass with their modern take on roots rock reggae.
The Main Stage will witness a younger generation of Jamaican talent show winner: the sweet voice of Digicel Rising Stars victor Christopher Martin. The festival’s Celebrating Africa theme then comes into full effect with a headline performance by multi-million selling, internationally collaborative Senegalese singer, and former Minister of Tourism and Culture, Youssou N’dour.
Meanwhile, the Lion Stage readies for a relentlessly positive reggae-dancehall party. Scotland’s Mungo’s HiFi will be bringing their crack squad of talented singers and emcees – YT, Charlie P, Eva Lazarus and Solo Banton. And the Jamaican flag will be flying high in the Dancehall area, as resident Main Stage selector Freddie Krueger is joined by the rockstone voice of deejay Aidonia.
You’ll get the full range of lyrical styles and rhythmic tempos when you pass through the festival today…