20 August 2016
The first group’s return was highly anticipated at the Showcase. Following their excellent show of 2014, Ruts & La Isla Music, one of the most interesting musical projects in the Canary Islands, came back to take the stage and to open the outstanding line up of day 7 of the festival.
Another welcome return is that of Jaume Mas, who two years presented a track show, which was interesting but lacking something. Now, with his group, the Wagwaan band, it’s a whole other story. The young Baleric islander has grown without doubt and his performance was enjoyable and well rounded, paying a lot of attention to the sounds that influenced him during the last 4 years of frenetic activity. Raggamuffin, dancehall and roots rhythms dominated the show. The crowd never tired of applauding the capacity of this artists and his band, like any real artist, who less than two years ago appeared on the final of the musical reality show on Spanish television.
The line up for the Showcase didn’t miss out on a couple of hours of ska. JahMaik & Friends, played a DJ set dedicated to ska and meanwhile we awaited the arrival of North East Ska Jazz Orchestra. NYSJO is a young band, which came together in the summer of 2012 to unite many different artists active in the panorama of Jamaican and Afro-American music from Triveneto (North-East Italy). Unsurprisingly, they do it really well. They came across as very well prepared musicians and delivered a set that accumulated energy and a growing crowd in front of the stage. The musical dynamic that grew 19 people on stage with a show that changed the sound with each song, passing through a range of styles such as reggae, funk, dub and ska, which was really incredible. The audience, at first more curious about the number of musicians on stage, watched enraptured in the party atmosphere and danced without pause until the end. Congratulations!
Next up was a band from Galicia and Andalusia that arrived on the stage at 2.15pm, going by the name of Ganjahr Family. The musical offering they put forward sneaked in right between new roots and dancehall, with a unique vocal combination in Spanish made reggae. The crowd reacted really well, demonstrating that they know many of the band’s songs, who have been active for some 15 years.
The last DJ set of the day was from Alerta Kamarada, which featured a mix of reggae-dancehall that kept the crowd interested and had them dancing till the next concert. Then Rootical Foundation from Milan arrived on stage, who have 10 years experience and their typical roots sound with a variety of influences really characterises their show as much as their studio work.
In the blink of an eye it was time for Piolo Selecta, the winner of the Solé competition, the local bar at Castellón’s beach, which hosted reggae heads the whole summer. He plays very skilfully and so his presence on the Showcase was completely justified.
Nights at the Showcase never end, and given that, the Columbian group La Severa Matacera arrived on the stage. From the beginning they offered ska, reggae, rock and funk, passing through African roots and rhythms, right up until world music. The atmosphere created was one of the most stimulating of this long 11-hour day of non-stop music. The group didn’t disappoint the audience and played with frenetic rhythms until sunrise that made the numerous and tireless crowd at the Showcase explode into party.
The enthusiasm at the Showcase gets more palpable every night, the quality of the DJ sets was of the highest quality and entertainment was guaranteed. The line up of the Showcase has continued to grow and the festival hasn’t even finished yet, but it is slowly becoming an independent musical area within the most important reggae festival in Europe and perhaps the world.
Tomorrow is the last day and is sure to be a big party!
Mañana último día y será una gran fiesta!