19 August 2016
The Subajah group is formed by a mixture of musicians from England and France. The group performed on stage a kind of roots reggae full of soul, almost spiritual and poetic. Their use of voices reminiscent of African and Caribbean tunes. The audience at Rototom, who tonight filled the venue, appreciated the shows as the night began. Then it was DubMarta‘s turn to present a show full of dub, reggae, soul, funk and electronics, accompanied by a band of five Italian and English musicians, which was quite interesting.
The Showcase is the right place to experiment and interact with audience and staff alike. Then it was the turn of la Familia Torelli. After five days of Rototom, the decision of including a ska band, with DJ’s before and after the shows, in the Showcase programme seem quite right. The crowd knows and appreciates this. Again a band with musicians from very different origins, was responsible for showcasing a very powerful and solid ska set, which never fails to catch fire in its execution, demonstrating also to have several musical passions besides ska. We could also hear a lot of soul, funk and jazz. It was not easy for them to play, while the reason of the first “sold out” of the Rototom was playing on the Main Stage, that is Manu Chao. Even that, all the fans of the genre were present and the show ended with a big round of applause and many requests for encores. The Colombian Alerta Kamarada, returned for the third time in four years, but not to accompany an artist this time but to present their latest work as a band entitled “Love is in da house”. An excellent set with lots of reggae, funk and rock, successfully blended. A vocal duet with rap and classic touches. Really good one!
The band in charge of putting an end to the concerts was one of the first Ukrainian bands to play reggae music in the country. The Vyo, with over 25 years of history that have performed before large audiences and won the most important Ukrainian musical contest with a song among the most controversial and politically incorrect of their set. And they have not contain themselves in the Showcase stage. They proposed the most famous reggae tunes of their ska, combat folk and balkan repertoire, receiving all the respect they deserve from the reggae people. The session of the Showcase stage was closed by Cecil Reuben, the historical London club, Hootananny. A solid show with some of the most interesting voices of the emerging actual scene.