18 August 2016
Rototom Sunsplash will be in its next phase this Thursday, 18th August. Manu Chao opens the reggae festival adventure in Benicàssim with a special show that promises to turn it into a real party with a mixture of rhythms. The well-known musician and French-Spanish singer will perform for the first time in the history of the Sunsplash.
Manu Chao was the founder of Mano Negra and the driving force behind Radio Bemba and touches down this Thursday in Benicàssim, having travelled much of Europe and Latin American alongside the other collaborators in La Ventura, his new musical project. They will join him on the Main Stage for the first time, widening the musical horizon of Rototom Sunsplash.
The European power of Thursday’s acts will be reinforced by the presence of Biga Ranx, the French dancehall artist, who will go with a more electronic show for his set at the festival.
The Main Stage will make a transatlantic leap to connect the European and Jamaican reggae scenes at the hand of Tarrus Riley. He will be offering a special show as it will feature the voice of Alaine, Dean Fraser’s masterful saxophone and the Black Soil Band.
The same international connection will return to the Showcase stage, with artists from Italy (Pharmakos or the Italian-British Dubmarta); The Vyo from Ukraine, La Familia Torelli, from Lleida, who will be playing out some ska rhythms alongside the German DJ Coco Girl, and the Columbian group Alerta Kamarada, organisers of the Mes del Reggae from the Latin American country, which was a collaboration with Rototom Sunsplash. The Dancehall session will be fully European as the German sound Warrior Sound Intl will be playing out alongside Ma Gash Intl (from Switzerland), a great opportunity to see two regular international sound clashers that will be standing shoulder to shoulder this time on the same stage. The line up is completed by Brixton Heights (Italy-UK).
Meanwhile, the veteran British selector Jah Shaka will stand firm alone in the Dub Academy, bringing the magical mystic vibrations from his regular sessions in London, starting at midnight.
Reggae University gets deeper into the reality of rastafari communities
For the extra-musical offerings, the Reggae University will travel to Ethiopia through the documentary Shashamane: on the trail of the Promised Land, made in collaboration with RAI, the Italian broadcasting company, which will premiere nationally at 4pm in the Film Festival. The film’s director, Giulia Amati, will be participating in the session From Shashamane to Bobo Hill after the film at 5.40pm, where the reality of rastafari communities in Ethiopia, Jamaica and other parts of the world will be discussed. The screenings will be completed by the short film 10 Milles Bull Bay, dedicated to the teachings, philosophy and lifestyle of Bobo Ashanti, one of the most noted groups in the rastafari movement.