Sean Paul shakes up day three with his dancehall revolution

Dancing. So much dancing, full of energy. Those are the expectations for the third evening.

Benicassim, 20/08/2016. max romeo (Main stage). Photo by: Guillem Chesa © Rototom Sunsplash 2016.

The catchy sounds of Sean Paul will land on the Main Stage. Kingston’s Sean Paul, one of the most commercially successful dancehall artists, has achieved international success practically unheard of since Bob Marley. He will be preceded on the same stage by the unmistakable voice and fiery protest lyrics of Max Romeo (& The Charmax Band), giving pulse to the roots parade that guides this edition. Fatoumata Diawara from Mali will skilfully combine traditional Malian instrumentation with the spirit of classic 20th century jazz legends such as Nina Simone.

Morodo will also play out on the Main Stage, one of the main promoters of modern Spanish reggae, backed by his band Okoumé Lions.

The night will follow this successful opening on the Lion Stage with a range of new musical styles, with KTGorique (hip hop-rap), the reggae artist Xana Romeo, Yannis Odua from Martinique and the fusion of reggae and ska by the British Captain Accident.

Xana Romeo, daughter of Max Romeo, will also be one of the voices in the session ‘Lionesses on the rise’ at the Reggae University, together with Aza Lineage. The debate, led by these young artists, will provide a new vision of the problems faced by women in the industry; a subject that has been debated in previous editions by the voices of Marcia Griffiths and Etana. The Reggae University will also host the screening of ‘Shella Record: a reggae mystery’.

Benicassim, 2019-08-18. Marcia Griffiths (Main Stage). Photo by: Tato Richieri © Rototom Sunsplash 2019.

Continuing with the musical side of things, the Dancehall area will welcome the Germans Warrior Sound and Jugglerz, while the Dub Academy will host the British soundsystem Channel One.

The Social Forum will analyse the environmental and social costs of the Western food production system, specifically related to natural ecosystems and communities in countries such as Brazil and Chile. In another of this year’s most international debates: ‘The flight of the butterfly and our food’. The session will bring together the Chilean sociologist, architect and politician Daniel Jadue; the journalist Nazaret Castro, an expert in food systems and co-founder of Amazonas Magazine and the Carro de Combate collective; Mireia Vidal, from the Coordinadora Campesina del País Valencià; as well as the Italian journalist Marco Bresolin.

The Social Forum will also screen ‘Tales from the Accidental City’, by Kenyan director Maïmouna Jallow.

The Teen Yard will have a dedicated workshop ‘Deactivate racism’ for teenagers, with the NGO Desactiva.org and the artist Betto Snay; along with the radio workshop, in collaboration with Radio Rototom and Alma de León (Radio 3), to analyse the values of reggae.

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Benicassim, 2018-08-17. Hatha Yoga (Pachamama). Photo by: Nacho Canos © Rototom Sunsplash 2018.

The talk at El Cuórum, at Magicomundo, will focus on adolescence. It will also reserve part of its daytime agenda for the circus, with ‘Olicopter’, by Oliclown, at La Bambinola.

Jamkunda will dedicate Thursday’s Ataya debate space to women’s social entrepreneurship, linked primarily to the textile sector, with experiences such as that of Fatou Dieng, promoter of the Ker Fatu shop. Meanwhile, Pachamama, in line with the motto of this edition, ‘We must change the world’, will share experiences in agro-ecology with the Ecollaures collective and the Vorasenda project, in l’Horta Nord de Valencia.

We will link up with Castellón I prison this Thursday, 18th August, with a concert by the band Koers for the inmates, as part of the project for the re-socialisation of the prison population through music and art that we have been developing for several editions.