19 August 2015
After the Major Lazer cyclone, the evening that marks the middle of the festival sees the beginning of a journey from the Jamaica of the seventies filtered through the sensibility of one of its protagonists, who has established himself in the United States, more precisely in Seattle , his home. Were talking about Clinton Fearon, former member of the Gladiators, whose curriculum shows also important collaborations as bassist with Lee Perry, in his legendary Black Ark Studios and with one of the most mystical characters in the history of reggae, we refer to Yabby you.
Clinton has a important discography as a solo artist through which he keeps alive the spirit of the Jamaican roots & culture without denying his origins. In his debut at the festival, this “reggae soldier” was acclaimed by the public. His exciting show brings to mind the vibrations of his Gladitors and the roots music in general, which has pinpointed Jamaica as a great country in the world.
Backed in style by his great Boogie Brown Band, Clinton began the concert playing percussion and then moved to the rhythm guitar in order to give the right cadence to his beautiful compositions. His debut has been an exciting one and we hope to see him again soon at the festival. After Clinton, we meet the Sierra Leone´s Refugees All Stars, African formation born from the desparation of their status of war refugees of its members, who have become a symbol for political refugees worldwide thanks to a moving documentary where their full story is presented.
In their music, reggae rediscovers its African home, that is the “baskeda”. The original rhythm of Sierra Leone is indeed very similar to the slow and meditative true roots of the original Jamaican reggae. Their show has actually many rhythmic changes, evoking African rhythms. It is beautiful to see the positive side and load brought by this group to our audience.
The most authentic reggae has from a long time rooted even in Spain, and Morodo is one of the most genuine artists who has passed on the Jamaican tradition in the country of the festival. His is a magnificent show, marked by so many new fragments from exciting conscious lyrics, accompanied by the skillfulness of his band Okoumè Lions. After Morodo, a sensational Jamaican singer returns to the festival. This is Barrington Levy, the artist with a refined voice, who in the early eighties established himself, thanks to a core set of hits and a great nature as interpreter . His artistic adventure continued for more than twenty years and tonight, Barrington, gave a great example of dancehall singing originally Jamaican tunes together with great hits from his repertoire like “Prison Oval Rock”, “Living Dangerously” and “She is mine “. Barrington is in good shape and his band follows him, pushing on the accelerator to the maximum, to end triumphantly with “Black Roses” and the powerful “Here I Come” in the same rhythm.
This series of emotions, has marked the middle of the festival and tomorrow is the return of “fireman” Capleton and the Balkan vibrations of Kiril Dzaikovski.