The penultimate day and the musical pulse of this edition of the meetup – which has already brought together 120,000 people in its first four days – is ‘in crescendo’.
Our line-up is firmly rooted in the most mystical roots reggae (represented by the expected return to the stage of Burning Spear for the closing performance on the 22nd), which is also evidenced by the appearance on Sunday of The Abyssinians, as well as the special show by Sly Dunbar and The Revolutionaries. That being said, the Main Stage has more ‘aces’ up its sleeve, with Alborosie branching out into modern reggae and the hip hop of Mala Rodríguez.
Rastafari band The Abyssinians return here after a triumphant 50th anniversary performance in 2019 to once again channel their deep and spiritual connection to the Pan-African history of reggae.
This Sunday, we expands the dream team of Jamaican musicians with the exclusive show, the only one in Europe, from Sly Dunbar and The Revolutionaries. It is dedicated to the recently deceased Robbie Shakespeare, the other half of Sly & Robbie, as well as Tabby & Bunny, from the harmonica trio Mighty Diamonds. Robbie‘s partner Sly Dunbar will be joined by members of the legendary studio band The Revolutionaries. Sly, on drums, will be joined by famous musicians from the Channel One studio and Taxi label era, such as Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith on lead guitar, Lloyd Parks on bass and Dean Frazer on saxophone.
Alborosie from Italy, who has been loyal to us since our beginnings, will lead the massive on the Main Stage with his band Shengen Clan. Also here, and fleeing from the strict standards of reggae, Mala Rodríguez will play out. She is one of the most important names in Spanish rap, who, in her leap to the line-up, highlights the increasingly global conversation between reggae and hip hop and its related forms.
Closing of the Social Forum
The closing of the Social Forum, which will dedicate its last debate to the search for alternatives to turn around climate change, which has been much talked about in this edition, will also be of great importance.
Under the title ‘Utopias to change the world’, the session will present small and brave projects from local communities that, through their social and environmental commitment, propose more sustainable models of life. Andrés Montesinos, president of the Cooperativa de Aras de los Olmos and member of Som Energia; the activist Manu Granero, member of the agro-ecological project Vorasenda and Ecollaures, as well as Paloma García, founder of The Circular Project, will speak about the topic in a debate moderated by Sara Pizzinato, head of the renewable energy campaign of Greenpeace Spain.
Just before the session, Greenpeace will screen the fifth and last documentary short film of the Social Forum, ‘Esperanza’, directed by Álvaro Longoria. The work narrates one of the countless voyages of the historic Greenpeace vessel, which after 20 years of expeditions in defence of the oceans, has ended its journey. The session will feature a videoconference narration by the most veteran captain of the environmental organisation’s expeditions, Joel Stewart, who will also be joined by journalist and podcaster Bruno Sokolowicz and Sara Pizzinato.
The now customary parade of artists through the Reggae University, one of the cultural spaces that make up our daytime agenda, will feature the Rasta messenger Luciano this Sunday, who will forms part of the line-up for the last day on Monday 22nd.
Plans until sunset
Before our penultimate sunset, the massive can continue to enjoy the wide range of activities that shake up the more familiar spaces, such as Magicomundo (which adds talks such as ‘Tips for a sustainable and relaxed life’ to its games area); Jamkunda (with the now customary Afro dance session and a talk on ‘Artivism, the power of art’); yoga at Pachamama or the colourful workshops of the ArteSano market.
Strolling through the narrow streets of the flea market and tasting one or more of the 40 international proposals from our open-air restaurants, adds to the alternatives to complete a well rounded day.