20 August 2016
Rototom Sunsplash in Benicàssim cherishes the farewell of its 23rd edition. The curtain falls on the Main Stage this Saturday 20th August, following eight intense days that lead a musical journey to all corners of the planet, that tomorrow will culminate in a fascinating tour that is going to take the audience from Jamaica, to France and then to Ivory Coast.
From the last country, Tiken Jah Fakoly will demonstrate his commitment to reggae music, with the final set on the Main Stage. His lyrics are charged with social commentary and denounce poverty, injustice, political corruption in Africa and abuses by governments and multinational corporations, with the aim of informing the international community of these issues. The renowned artist from Ivory Coast made his debut in 1996 with Mangercratie and continued to consolidate his career, having made ten albums so far. Last September, he released his album Racines, a work dedicated to the reggae songs from the artists that most inspired his professional career, for example Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Alpha Blondy, Buju Bunton, Burning Spear and the Jamaican Max Romeo, who he will be sharing the stage with on the last night of Sunsplash.
The Main Stage will jump from Ivory Coast to Jamaica with another of the most anticipated shows of the night, from the veteran Freddie McGregor, who is going to share the stage with his sons Stephen ‘Di Genius’ and ‘Chino’ McGregor, backed by the Big Ship Band.
Max Romeo, also hailing from the Carribean island and one of the legendary voices in reggae, will touch down on Saturday. He is one of the most respected artists of the genre and knows like no other how to combine the spirituality of gospel, the feelings of soul and the sorrow of ghetto people. Since starting to walk the path in the 70’s, he has released more than 20 albums and is one of the artists that has contributed the most to making Jamaican reggae music more popular. Max Romeo also appeared at the Italian Arezzo Wave festival last July.
The quartet playing on the Main Stage will be completed by the French soloist Yaniss Odua from Martinique, who he recorded his first CD aged 13. His music features influences from black urban music, hip-hop and R&B. Tomorrow he will step onto the Main Stage alongside Volodia and Artikal Crew. Both participated in the European tour Rototom & Friends tour last spring.
Saturday 20th will also be a day of interconnection between areas, as two of the performers on the Main Stage, Freddie McGregor and Max Romeo, will both participate in debates in the Reggae University.
The Showcase stage will welcome The Skints from London. Defined as “torchbearers of modern British reggae music”, they will bring their mix of reggae, ska, dancehall, dub, punk rock and hip hop to a stage closes this edition of the festival with a strong European presence (Shanti Powa Orchestra, from Italy, and The Soulshiners, from France).
The musical agenda will maintain its high level at the rest of the stages, like at the DanceHall, area, which will shine brightly with the light of Jamie Rodigan, the son of David Rodigan, considered to be one of the worldwide ambasadors of reggae and dancehall.