21 August 2019
Green Valley, Macaco and Koers are added to the long list of artists that Rototom Sunsplash has taken to Albocàsser prison. Reggae music creates much stronger ties than than chains themselves.
They flow easily between reggae, soul and dub, although this time they focused more on rock. Koers is one of the names that made the line-up for the 26th edition of Rototom Sunsplash; on the Lion Stage. Also in Albocàsser prison, on the fourth day of the festival. It’s not the first time that one of the groups from the line-up played in the prison. The first time was in 2012, lead by Playa Desnuda. The Italians brought a sliver of Jamaica to Albocàsser and the connection was instant.
The idea is a project of collaboration between the centre, the festival and the Cultural Association Exodus which works with dedication and care, year after year. Jamaican music as a meeting point, is another way to break from the routine is a prison and to get closer to live music and the philosophy of a festival like Rototom. The social implication of a festival goes far beyond it’s musical line-up and has the ability to reach to places where where these kinds of encounters can be very significant.
Koers got on stage and the music did the rest. Not only because they have an innate ability for the reggae they play to take many forms, but also because the band is able to connect with audiences and gets them involved in the moment. They clap, laugh, dance and sing… In addition, the concert this year also involved another special project; converting the penitentiary centre into a recording studio. During the month of July, teachers from the SAE Institute Madrid gave a sound engineering course to the inmates with the goal of recording the concert or any other live event.
How mixing desks work, how to setup a microphone or how to carry out a sound check… The moment has arrived to put into practice everything they learned, because between the 200 inmates that vibed anlongside Koers, there were some attendees of the course. They were in charge of recording the performances of Green Valley and Macaco on Wednesday 21st, two other artists that went from Rototom to the Centro Penitenciario II de Castellón. Music breaking chains and creating others; much stroner and based in peace, love and reggae culture
Asun Pérez (Translated by Finn Darco)