24 août 2010
In the previous editions of the festival, we have explored many other musical genres, that although not reggae, were always somehow influenced by African and Jamaican musical traditions. This year Rototom becomes a Mediterranean festival and we feel the time has come for us to venture into new musical areas. Raï is a form of Algerian pop that combiens traditional aspects and “world” sounds, including the reggae beat and its hypnotic bass lines.
Khaled is one of the most popular Raï performers and his music is strongly influenced by Bob Marley: the reggae hero inspired both Khaled’s conscious lyrics and social engagement against the fundamentalist Algerian parties.
Such a social committment has cost many other Rai artists their life, among them Cheb Hasni. Khaled’s latest album “Libertè” was released in 2009; the singer is also well know for his incredible hit-single “Didi”, dating back to 1992.
17* Rototom Sunsplash 2010 Peace, Love & Reggae
Aug 21-28 Benicàssim Spain