17 August 2017
There have been many historic moments at Rototom Sunsplash 2017. But for the sixth day of the festival’s Celebrating Africa edition, Bob Marley’s original band will come together, leading a Main Stage line-up of strictly roots reggae from different generations.
Four decades after Bob sang Africa Unite, the original members of the Wailers – featuring Aston Familyman Barrett, Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey will send a Natural Mystic flowing through Benicassim. Their legacy in Europe is ably represented by Italian Reggae Contest winners turned international stars, Mellow Mood.
Likewise, Jamaica’s new generation of conscious Rastafari music is embodied by the fervent female energy of singer-deejay Hempress Sativa. And Britain’s long tradition of roots rock reggae can be heard in the uncompromising heavy sound of Bristol’s Black Roots,.
Over on the Lion Stage, the Celebrating Africa theme of the festival travels to the blues rock of the Sahara Desert. Tuareg guitarist Bombino will invoke the spirit of Africa and of Bob’s contemporary Jimi Hendrix in a performance that all music fans should experience. And pure reggae soon follows with a blazing set from Jamaican Rasta deejay Lutan Fyah.
There are more conscious vibes in the Dancehall, courtesy of Lutan Fyah’s countryman, Bugle, while the UK’s Tighten Up Crew party in the Caribbean Uptempo area. And a heavily cultural day reaches a crescendo when veteran roots sound system Aba Shanti close the Dub Academy with music Celebrating Africa…