Rototom Sunsplash builds its 25th anniversary line-up

Beres Hammond, Tiken Jah Fakoly from the Ivory Coast and the tribute to Peter Tosh by his son Andrew are three of the final additions to the Main Stage that is almost closes the musical programme of the festival for its 2018 edition.

The Uruguayan artist Alika on the Lion Stage and the extra incursion of David Rodigan in the Dancehall add to this historic celebration, from August 16 to 22 in Benicàssim (Spain).

From its humble beginnings in a small place in Northern Italy, Rototom Sunsplash has grown to become the main summer destination in Europe for reggae lovers.

As the international festival reaches its 25th anniversary, this commemorative edition entitled 25 Years Walking Together has almost completed the musical puzzle that brings together reggae and musical talent influenced by the Jamaican genre in the whole world, in Benicassim (Spain), from August 16 to 22.

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Benicassim, 19/08/2016. Beres Hammond (Main Stage). Photo by: Tato Richieri © Rototom Sunsplash 2016.

One of the most successful Jamaican reggae singers of the last 25 years is surely Beres Hammond. On his melodic voice and his ability as a composer he has built a wide catalogue of hits since the late 1980s and is still as popular as ever.

With a new and anticipated album in the works, the old vocalist of the group Zap Pow returns to the Main Stage of the Rototom to delight his faithful admirers with his repertoire. He will do so on Monday, August 20, backed by his talented Harmony House Band, which takes its name from the artist’s musical label.

Returning to the festival will also be the Ivory Coast’s Tiken Jah Fakoly, one of the giants of African reggae. His deep voice and letters that raise awareness will be a welcome presence on 18 August for the 25th anniversary edition.

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The music of reggae legend Peter Tosh has left an indelible mark on music lovers around over the world. The member of the trio of the Wailers will be acclaimed in a special tribute (August 19) on the main stage performed by some of the people who knew him best.

The vocal duties in this unique show will be assumed by his son Andrew, able to seamlessly evoke the spirit of his father. He will be supported by a group including Keith Sterling, the great keyboardist of Tosh’s band: Word Sound and Power. Tosh’s touring musicians once included Sly and Robbie, so for this occasion the rhythm section will be the UK’s answer to the Riddim Twins, the drum and bass siblings Mafia & Fluxy.

In the neighbouring Lion Stage, the lyrical fire will emanate from the conscious hip-hop and reggae artist of Argentine-Uruguayan descent Alika (August 22). Invited as the ambassador of South American music within Rototom‘s commitment to promote reggae from that continent, her performance promises to impress. Also confirmed is the presence of the Catalan artist Paula Bu, who is premiering a project as a soloist and an album at Rototom accompanied by her countrywoman Emma Youth and The Same Song Band (Tuesday, August 21).

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Benicassim, 2017-08-14. The Specials (Main Stage). Photo by: Lorenzo Scaldaferro © Rototom Sunsplash 2017.

English radio and soundclash legend David Rodigan CBE will offer in the Dancehall an additional show to the already announced in the Main Stage, marked by his uniquely theatrical flair and deep box of specials (August 20).

Meanwhile, the veteran Italian sound system One Love Hi Powa from Rome will bring its 25 years of experience to the dancehall area on August 18. Hugely popular in their home city and beyond, they will demonstrate why they won the “Most Popular Sound System” gong at the 2010 International Reggae And World Music Awards.

Check the full line-up right here.


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