14 August 2017
Whether you like your reggae from Jamaica’s “Yard” or further abroad – the third day of Rototom Sunsplash 2017 promises to be one to remember.
An exceptional Monday night line-up for the festival’s 24th edition, titled Celebrating Africa, travels from reggae’s acoustic foundations to the electric British 2 Tone ska revival.
On the Main Stage, Rototom is blessed to welcome venerable Jamaican acoustic collective Inna De Yard. Featuring Kiddus I, actor in the classic reggae movie Rockers, as well as Cedric Myton of the Congos, Winston McAnuff, his son Kush, Var and Derajah, the group will showcase latest album The Soul of Jamaica. Jamaican music then plugs in to the contemporary sounds of New York with a set from progressive reggae band New Kingston.
The Main Stage will be mesmerised by the haunting voice of reggae and dancehall legend Don Carlos and his Dub Vision band. Finally, the tempos will rise to the frenetic beat of the headliners, English 2 Tone ska pioneers, The Specials. Don’t miss this revered, reformed group playing hits like Ghost Town, Too Much Too Young and their cover of Dandy Livingstone’s A Message To You (Rudie).
Over on the Lion Stage, the Celebrating Africa theme is embodied by the second appearance from Ethiopian reggae collective Ethnopia Music Ambassadors. Later the Lion Stage will shake to the roar of Notorious Jamaican deejay Turbulence.
The British invasion continues in the Dub Academy
with Bristol’s Dubkasm featuring Reading emcee Solo Banton. The Caribbean Uptempo area will be thrilled by vintage selections from England’s “rocksteady daddy” the great Asher G, and Japan’s Naoko The Rock.
From the UK to JA to Africa and beyond – Monday night at Rototom is going to be big…