Succeeded successfully the first quarter of a century of history, the international reggae festival Rototom Sunsplash from Benicàssim (Castellón) puts the direct to your next appointment, from 16 to 22 August. Premieres the poster of 2019 with 23 artists. Veteranía, youth, talent, diversity and special shows define the first letter of presentation of the 26th Sunsplash. On the cusp of this advance, three Jamaican musical aces with their own names: a Marley, Ziggy; the heir of contemporary reggae, Chronixx; and the incombustible dancehall Busy Signal, habitual collaborator of Major Lazer. Three heads of poster to those who clothe more important artists: the one already considered as one of the rasta references of the XXI century Queen Ifrica; the bionic harmonies of Israel Vibration and the undisputed queen of reggae Marcia Griffiths. And so, up to 23 inducements not to miss the Rototom Sunsplash 2019.
The eight-time Grammy winner and son of Bob leads the macroannouncement, Ziggy Marley. With seven solo albums behind him and hits like Love is my religion or Tomorrow People, Ziggy is the most experienced artist in the clan of Marley heirs and will visit the festival on tour of the eclectic Rebellion Rises. Another heir follows, this time from the crown of modern reggae: Chronixx, with the Rototom as the only date in Spain. The versatile and pure delicate and golden voice singjay returns to the festival after his dazzling performance in 2017. He will do it with his band, Zinc Fence, with which he is on tour with his debut album nominated for the Grammy Chronology. It unites seamlessly the roots of reggae, the frenetic awareness of dancehall and the influences of hip hop. Their performance will be a guaranteed highlight at the festival, they point out from the organization. The culmination of the event is also that of the incombustible dancehall Busy Signal, who has accompanied Major Lazer with his verses full of claw and who is reunited with Benicàssim five years after his last incursion into the festival.
Rototom Sunsplash's musical gamble is upped with Babylon Soundtrack, a special project by Briton Brinsley Forde (ex-speaker of Aswad) and Barbados guitarist and producer Dennis Bovell (exMatumbi) and which will bring together the successes of the two mythical formations and the soundtrack of Babylon, a classic reggae film directed by Franco Rosso and starring Forde. Among the musicians, the original wind section of Aswad stands out.
From Jamaica, the harmony of Rastafarian reggae is incorporated which symbolizes Israel Vibration and three generations of female voices that start with Marcia Griffiths, the one who was a member of the I Threes by Bob Marley and who remains the undisputed queen of reggae. It will celebrate with a special show its 55 years of experience, which brings together from early successes such as Feel Like Jumping to classics like Stepping Out Of Babylon or dancehall hits like Automatic with Busy Signal. His vast musical catalog has something for everyone, and all. Griffiths also adds versions of his favorite artists to his sets, to reinforce a fully inclusive musical experience. The bet on the female key continues with Queen Ifrica, daughter of ska king Derrick Morgan, with her reggae-dancehall cocktail and her lyrics with strong social content; and the young velvety voice artist Lila Iké, the new star of the label In.Digg.Nation de Protoje.
For its part, the national reggae adds three exponents for this 26th edition. This is the Navarrese duo Iseo & Dodosound, together with The Mousehunters; Madrid's Emeterians & Forward Ever Band, and the mix of punk, cumbia, reggae and ska from Barcelona's Itaca Band.
The list of artists is expanded with a cast that brings together the most relevant names of the French reggae scene, such as the broken voice of Naâman, whose musical career includes the milestone of having recorded in the Tuff Gong Studio by Bob Marley; Taïro, who bursts in with The Family Band; and the duo L'Entourloop accompanied by Bermuda's MC Troy Berkley and trumpeter N'Zeng to bring to the stage his eclectic soundtrack of remixes that fuses reggae, dancehall and hip hop. From the world of dub the French production team OBF promises a high-intensity performance with the lyrical combat of the Englishman Charlie P, the Spanish Mr. Wilson and the Frenchman Shanti D. Completing the range of references of the French reggae scene is Stand High Patrol, in a joint project with the Italian Marina P.
A unique occasion for those addicted to the culture sound system will be the performance of British heavyweight Iration Steppas, who will set up his monstrous team to lead a unique evening.
From the UK will also come the band 'to nine' originally from Leeds Gentleman's Dub Club, able to combine the bass lines of The Wailers with the sharp wit of The Specials; and the Jamaican-British Stylo G, who has recently collaborated with La Mala Rodríguez on her single Contigo.
The inducements for the Rototom Sunsplash 2019 are completed with the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble and its lively and rhythmic mix of jazz and ska classics; the female Rastafarian energy of Reemah, direct from the island of Saint Croix; the psychedelic dub of the Puerto Rican International Dub Ambassadors and with Jazzy T, who will sign a high-end dancehall party to celebrate 30 years of the Jamaican sound Renaissance Disco.