29 June 2017
More than 30 artists from 18 African countries will show the connections of reggae with the rhythms of the continent on the different stages of the ‘Celebrating Africa’ edition
Reggae is musically, historically and spiritually connected to the continent of Africa, therefore it is fitting that Rototom Sunsplash Festival should commemorate its 24th edition with the theme Celebrating Africa, which will be present in all the stages. On the Main Stage we will enjoy the shows of the Ivorian Alpha Blondy, “The Bob Marley of Africa”, and two key artists from the West of Africa: Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour and Seun Kuti, who will give an exclusive tribute to his father Fela Kuti, Nigerian inventor of Afrobeat, titled Felabration. Other performers will be the South Africa’s Nkulee Dube, daughter of reggae veteran Lucky Dube, and Kenyan-born but Germany-based Treesha.
In addition, Rototom Sunsplash will be Celebrating Africa with the help of a variety of reggae artists from all corners of the diaspora, many of whom have a personal connection to the continent, either through their spiritual commitment to the pan-African messages of Rastafari or due to their physical presence in African countries. Here we can find The Wailers, Ky-Mani Marley and Gentleman, Steel Pulse, Jamaica’s new young hope Chronixx, the voice and music of Toots Hibbert from Toots & The Maytals, Twinkle Brothers, DJ Beenie Man ‘The Doctor’ and Luciano. Two leading figures who have decades of experience in Celebrating Africa are U-Roy and Big Youth, who will be joined by dub experimenter Mad Professor and the Jamaican Nadine Sutherland.
On the neighbouring Lion Stage, Tuareg guitarist Bombino will unleash his blistering desert rock, while Jamaican Lutan Fyah will be spitting Rasta lyrics, and Guinean-born Nakany Kante will share her fusion of European and African styles. In
Also performing on this stage will be the electric Lyricson (Guinea) and Mehdi Nassouli, from Morocco. In the Dub Academy , visitors will receive a lesson in dub’s return to its roots from the South African sound system Kebra Ethiopia. Meanwhile revellers in the DanceHall will be compelled and propelled by Southern Sudan’s Dynamq Sounds International and Kenya’s Shashamane Intl.
The African Village provides again an African experience with names that include Namibia’s Elemotho, Ghana’s Kwame Afrovibes and Afrikemet, Senegal’s Hermanos Thioune, Madagascar’s Kilema, Ethiopia’s Fekat Circus, Cameroon’s Boniface Ofogo and Ecuatorial Guinea’s Edú Gorsy.