16 August 2012
Another living legend is added to the list of main artists in the history of the Jamaican music who have performed in our festival. Derrick Morgan was already a star by the time the first movements of the Jamaican music industry started to imitate the US-American rythm and blues which would give birth to ska music. By then he was already being successful in the dancehalls with songs like 'Fat man' and 'Leave earth'.
After the union with Leslie Kong, a producer of Chinese origin, the verbal battles between Derrick and Prince Buster in tracks like 'Blackhead Chiney man' and 'Blazing fire' were fascinating the whole island. With them the large tradition of verbal battles in dancehall started.
Derrick continued his glorious career in the era of rocksteady and reggae with his music for producers like Duke Reid and Bunny Lee. Nowadays he is the only artist with authentical roots of the Jamaican sound who does regular live performances. He will be accompanied by the English band Ruff Cutt.
19* Rototom Sunsplash 2012 Jamaica Special
Aug 16-22 Benicasim Spain