Rototom Sunsplash 2016 Day 7: Friend’s night! Image

by Ferruccio, Gianluca, Giulio

The day after Manu Chao’s sold out everyone was amazed, this 2016 edition already brought in Spain more than the usual 250’000 people and we still had to listen to many other artists. In a place like Rototom whoever comes must be aware of the festival’s hugeness and that live music starts at 8.30pm to continue for almost ten hours, a long time dedicated just to the best of reggae, dancehall, dub and ska.

On Friday 19 the show began with the Sud Sound System. The tireless Italian trio is present every year and as usual they arrived on stage ready to start the night with a great load of energy. They made the audience move their feet from the beginning to the end, performing their unique mix of dancehall with southern Italy’s music.

Le Radici Ca Tieni and Sciamu A Ballare are the most known tunes and the ones able to warm up the crowd unfailingly. As they performed for less than an hour the people protested and tried to call them back on stage, but unluckily the two presenters told us that the show must go on.

Once everyone in the pit calmed down, it was turn for Rototom & Friends: a band that gathers reggae stars such as Iriepathie, Jahcoustix, Raphael, Randy Valentine, Wailing Souls and Junior Kelly. The first were representatives of the european reggae scene and we would like to mention especially Raphael, another Italian talent we are proud of. Even if each performance was in our opinion too brief, the artists came on stage bringing all the same amount of love, joy and superb reggae music! We were just a bit sorry to listen to the Wailing Souls not at their best, as they sang many tunes out of key.  However the musicians helped them in keeping the good vibes throughout the whole show. In the end the best were Randy Valentine and Junior Kelly’s closing part, Rasta Should Be Deeper!

The truly awaited star was Beres Hammond & Harmony House Band, who concluded the night with a huge selection of greatest hits such as I Feel Good, Can’t Stop A Man, Groovy Little Thing, Last War and Putting Up Resistance. His style made of roots reggae and soul makes his music unique, and so was his relation with us while performing. Hands in the air, voices rising during every chorus, lighters illuminating the huge area before the Main Stage: this was Beres Hammond performing live. He put a lot of energy and grace in every tune and the audience thanked him singing I’m So In Love out loud.

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