Freedom songs by Marcia Griffiths, Assassin, Macaco and Michael Rose opened Rototom Sunsplash in the best possible way

In this photo Mrs. Reggae, Marcia Griffiths, from the day 1 of the 23rd edition of Rototom Sunsplash closed the very first set of the festival performing ‘Redemption song’; one of the most known freedom songs by Bob Marley. This aspect becomes more crucial, given that this 2016 edition has freedom as the main theme and reggae’s capability to express it.

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Reggae University Day 1: Content Over Hype – Assassin aka Agent Sasco on a Dancehall Mission

Day one of the Reggae University opened with a lively conversation between two lyricists in their chosen fields. Rockstone deejay Assassin AKA Agent Sasco, dressed in signature black, debated content vs hype in dancehall with UWI academic Professor Carolyn Cooper, her close cropped hair dyed parrotfish blue. Riddim magazine’s Ellen Koehlings and Pete Lilly led the discussion, supported by fellow panellists, Italian journalist Pier Tosi and author David Katz. Details

Michael Rose brings the hits

Michael Rose, the haunting voice of Black Uhuru, closed the first night on Rototom’s main stage backed by Marseille’s Dub Akom band. Dressed in white shirt and pants, a black jacket, yellow sneakers and shades, he led the crowd through a procession of his former group’s deep roots hits. Details