29 March 2019
We honour our ‘international’ name and cover half the planet with our second instalment of artist confirmations for our 2019 edition. Twenty-four names led by the Jamaicans Morgan Heritage, Culture ft. Kenyatta Hill and Bushman, and that expand the range with reggae at our 26th edition, marked by anniversary parties: Third World and Misty in Roots will celebrate their 45th and 40th anniversaries, respectively.
Four decades in music are also being celebrated by The Selecter, flagship of 2-Tone and the revival of the ska in the 80’s. The anniversaries continue with the 55 years in music of the English sound system V Rocket, the 20th of the German sound Sentinel and the 20th of the Jamaican group Ward 21.
The musical journey continues with the fusion of Californian reggae band Slightly Stoopid, which premieres at Rototom with their slick mix of reggae, hip hop, punk, blues and folk; and with the Jamaican Warrior King, who will release his sixth album in Benicàssim. Another powerful double for this edition is the Jamaican poet and singer-songwriter Jah9 and Jo Mersa Marley, son of Stephen and grandson of Bob, and the second name of the clan in the line-up for 2019, after the already announced Ziggy Marley.
Green Valley, Macaco and the female project of Women Soldier, driven by the producer Chalart58 together with Sista Awa, Matah, Belén Natali and High Paw, nourish the Spanish representation for this edition of our festival. Closing the circle are Koers, Lasai along with the Forward Ever Band and Green Light Sound System, host of the Dub Academy.
Five other intercontinental and multi-genre offerings extend the musical horizon of the Sunsplash. Here we are talking about the prolific Jamaican singer and producer Linval Thompson, with Strong Like Sampson; The Jolly Boys, one of the most active mento bands; Stonebwoy from Ghana, known by fans of contemporary reggae and dancehall for his collaborations with artists like Sean Paul (Most Original) and Kabaka Pyramid (Borders); Forelock & Arawak (Sardinia), on tour with their latest album To The Foundation, and the powerful and purifying vibes of the Dutch sound system King Shiloh.