Roots Reggae at Rototom Sunsplash 2015
Roots Reggae Music at Rototom Sunsplash 2015 #reggaewepromote
Bunny Wailer is the last living founding member of the Wailers and a fundamental protagonist of the history of reggae. In his youth he shared the same house and family as Bob Marley, in addition to founding the Wailers with Bob and Peter Tosh. After working with his peers during the first part of his career, working with producers such as Coxsone Dodd and Lee Perry, he started his solo career in 1976 with the masterpiece “Blackheart Man”. His later works are all of a very high level. In the eighties he opted to deliver his messages to the rhythm of dancehall in works such as “Rock’n’Groove” and “Rule Dancehall”. His incredibe concert will be an excellent tribute to the original Wailers, as well as a chance to see some of their immortal classics.
Clinton Fearon (ex-Gladiators)
Clinton Fearon is one of the key figures of the music scene of sixties Jamaica: his career began in the young band The Brothers and in 1969 he joined the legendary Gladiators, with whom he shared the wonder years of all their albums released on Virgin. During this period he also worked as a session musician with artists like Coxsone Dodd, Lee Perry and Yabby You. In 1987 he left the band to move to Seattle, and in 1994 founded the Boogie Brown Band, which marked his artistic rebirth, nuturing an extensive discography which took us back to the golden era of Jamaican roots. In one of his artistic endeavours, we can find him performing acoustic music on the guitar and singing, in a soul like vein which blends effortlessly with acoustic reggae.
The lions of Notting Hill Gate, Aswad, a fundamental part of the legend of English roots scene return to Rototom Sunsplash. With their sound that embodies resistance, clearly influenced by the Wailers in the beginning, Aswad broadened their musical scope creating their classic roots material in master pieces like “New Chapter” and “Showcase”, reaching their peak with the anthem “Warrior Change”, include in the soundtrack of “Bablyon”, the film starring Brinsley Forde.
In the 80’s and 90’s the music of Aswad was updated, spicing itself up with elements of Dancehall and Soul, while for the most part maintaining the force of their origins. In 1988 they reached Nº 1 on the UK singles list with “Don’t Turn Around”. A few years ago Brinsley left the band that is now led by the drummer Angus ‘Drummie Zeb’ Gay and Tony Gad.
Junior Marvin & His Wailers
The Jamaican guitarist Junior Marvin made a substantial contribution in the work of Bob Marley between 1977 and 1981, the year of the death of the most famous Jamaican artist in history. He was part of all the albums of Bob Marley from the period, starting with the fundamental “Exodus” and ending with “Uprising” and participated in the worldwide tours which cemented the legend of Bob.
Junior emigrated to London as a child and was a worldwide child star on the guitar, after an apprenticeship period in the USA together with Ike & Tina Turner and the legendary bluesman Bone Walker. After the death of Bob, he continued to play with the Wailers for years, alongside Aston Barrett, and more recently in the Original Wailers, with the guitarist Al Anderson.
At Rototom Junior will pay tribute to the immortal music of Bob Marley with his own band.
Lee 'Scratch' Perry
Lee Scratch Perry is a legend and one of the fathers of the classic reggae and dub sound. His incredible creativity, often pushed to the limit, is often shown through extreme and eccentric behaviour. One example would be the episode of the destruction of his legendary Black Ark Studios, where he had created his own unmistakable sound during the seventies.
In the scene since the days of ska, Scratch has worked with almost all the greatest artists of his time: his production of The Wailers, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh is memorable and so are the works together with the Heptones, the Congos, Junior Murvin and Max Romeo. The craziest dubs in dozens of albums bear his signature. His current performances are a mixture of solid reggae and the most unpredictable kinds of dub.
His return last year with “Back at the controls” was received with nomination to the Grammy awards of Reggae.
The Pioneers are an important part of the history of Jamaican music. Their career began in 1962, and has lasted more than 53 years, with various line-ups of the vocal group. Formed by the brothers Sydney and Derrick Crooks, the original Pioneers recorded some self produced singles, released on the label Carltone, without much success. The arrival of Jackie Robinson as vocalist and their association with Joe Gibbs would lead to great things, like the hits “Longshot”, “Catch the Beam” and “Pan Yu Machete”, recorded in the frenetic style of the period so loved by the skin heads in England. A subsequent phase in the group’s history, working with the Chinese producer Leslie Kong, brought the group the biggest success of their career, “Long Shot Kick the Bullet”. In the wake of this success. The Pioneers moved to England, where they rerecorded their classic “Starvation”, associating its name with the Guayanese artist Eddie Grant.