The Rototom Sunsplash has announced the first 30 artists for the 2021 edition in Benicàssim
Toots & The Maytals, Barrington Levy y Julian Marley & The Uprising reconfirm their presence for the festival’s 27th anniversary as well as the legendary Alborosie
The team also announces to Koffee, one of the most famous artists on the international scene. She will be leading a female scene alongside Jamaican Hempress Sativa and Aza Lineage, South African Nkulee Dube and Scottish Soom T
Benicàssim – Friday July 31, 2020
The Rototom Sunsplash is already starting to redesign the poster for the 2021 edition, which will be memorable. The international reggae festival will resume in Benicàssim (Spain) next year, from August 16 to 22. It reconfirms a good part of its headliners, which were already announced for this summer, but shifted for socio-health reasons. New artists will be added who are ready to participate in this planetary and eclectic cultural event.
Toots & The Maytals.
The first artist list for the Rototom Sunsplash 2021 begins with a triple Jamaican confirmation. From the Carabinian Island, we will join the legendary Toots & The Maytals. Formed from the Ska era, they were the first group to include the word “Reggay” in their songs. The Maytals are Toots’ roaring soulful voice musical group and together will be some of the unforgettable moments of Rototom 2021. To this is added Jamaican dancehall precursor Barrington Levy, with his unmistakable voice and style. But also Julian Marley (accompanied by The Uprising), son of the Jamaican legend Bob Marley, who knew how to give a unique “roots” touch to his music and who attracts reggae fans of all ages.
The three Jamaican announcements will be accompanied by major novelties. On the one hand the Italian, living in Jamaica, Alborosie whose career took shape during the festival, with The Shengen Clan, and on the other with another renowned artist Koffee. One of the most noticed presences of the Jamaican reggae scene, as one of the most versatile artists of the international musical panorama of the moment. At his side, a bunch of talents coming straight from the Caribbean island: the young hempress Sativa, and the artist coming straight from Kingston Aza Lineage accompanied by The High Tide Band.
From South Africa, is added the voice of Nkulee Dube, another promise of style, with The higher power. The Rototom Sunsplash also announces the Scottish Mc Soom T and the New Caledonian artist Marcus Gad.
The novelties of the 2021 poster consist of the British Natty and his ability to link a refreshing and unique repertoire to his African origins, and the Jamican group Iqulah Rastafari.
The journey until the next edition continues in Brazil with the best known group Natiruts. As well as with the Jamaican acoustic collective Inna de Yard formed by Winston McAnuff, Keith & Tex, Kiddus I, Var (Pentateuch), Steve Newland (Rootz Underground) and Kush (Uprising Roots).
Spanish reggae will also be in the spotlight during Rototom Sunsplash 2021 with Morodo, pillar of the local scene for more than 20 years, accompanied by his group Okumé Lions. But also with the Aragonese collective Jahsta, which has just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and Conscious Vibes Band with its reggae cocktail with dancehall rap roots. The Madrid duo Sweet Barrio will share their rumba, flamenco, soul and reggae mix in Benicàssim next summer.
La Dame Blanche, a project by Cuban singer, flutist and percussionist Yaite Ramos, heir to the oratorical traditions of Afro-Cuban rumba, also reconfirms its presence.
From England, the London ska reggae group The Dualers is invited to this 27th anniversary of the festival. Conducted by the charismatic Tyber Cranston, who reflects his love for Jamaican music of the 1960s and his distinctly London arrogance. He notably accompanied the group Madness during their tour. Also from the British Isles, singer with Jamacan origins Carrol Thompson, dub reggae ska soul artist Captain Accident, who comes straight from Cardiff, as well as another Ska reference Mark Foggo.
Milanese trombonist Mr T-Bone, one of the main actors of the contemporary international ska reggae scene will also be present. The talented Jamaican reggae singer Droop Lion, who has already come to the festival as a voice for the Gladiators (referents of the golden age of Jamaican roots) or the young artist SumeRR whose soft and strong voice at the same time will thrill the stage under old-fashioned reggae rhythms with the Canarian One Xe Band, enlarge the 2021 poster.
The ska oldies-style sound system corner will be hosted by Japanese rock a Shacka ft Masa & Ash, MC of Tighten Up Crew, Champian. To top it all off, the German Warrior Sound, one of the European sound systems that has toured the world in recent years, and the selecta Freddie Frueger and Constant Jamming Gladdy Wax Sound from England.
Passes for the 2021 edition of Rototom Sunsplash are already on sale on the festival’s official website: www.rototomsunsplash.com