venerdì 18 settembre 2020

'You can get it if you really want' 50th Anniversary


Trojan Records celebrates Desmond Dekker
'You can get it if you really want' 50th Anniversary




On 22nd August 1970 Desmond Dekker breached the UK chart with the trackYou Can Get It If You Really Want. This seminal hit, written by Jimmy Cliff is one that we all know and love! After entering the chart, Dekker’s version went on to peak at an impressive no.2, 6 weeks later.

Exactly 50 years later, Trojan Records is celebrating this anniversary with a brand microsite dekker.trojanrecords.com that will be online on Saturday 22nd and will tell the story of the track. Fans will also be able to take part in a fun quiz and once completed will gain exclusive access to a rare and unreleased Desmond Dekker track recorded in 1968. 

Born Desmond Adolphus Dacres in Kingston, Jamaica, was truly outernational, as he scored with a run of global chart hits that few Jamaican performers have since equalled. A musical pioneer whose career has been consolidated by the moment he signed to Trojan and gained his first solo best-seller, You Can Get It If You Really Want.

 

giovedì 6 agosto 2020

Rototom Sunsplash announces the first artists of its 2021edition

In 6 years of RQL it never happened that we missed out on Rototom Sunsplash, but I guess there is a first time for everything, of course due to the current situation with the Covid pandemic was obvious that many (basically all of them) events, festivals and gigs would have been cancelled, and while all this made our summer weird and sad, it fills us up with joy to know that there are already plans for the next editions, it gives us something to look forward, and we can't wait to live again those festival vibes that only few festivals in the world can give you. 


The 27th edition of Rototom Sunsplash, will take place always in Benicassim from the 16th to the 22nd of august 2021.

We are happy to see that Toots & The maytals, Barrington Levy, Julian Marley, Inna de Yard and Morodo have been re-confirmed and that some names such as Koffee, Hempress Sativa and Alborosie have been added to the line up.

Below you can find the whole list for the first line- up announcement 


We can't wait to see you again Rototom and to see your next announcements ;)

Stay safe you all <3 



giovedì 9 luglio 2020

"Warriors" the new single by Papa Fral



"Warriors" is the latest single of the Jungle Prince album, from the Italian young talent Francesco Lautone also known as Papa Fral, born in 1995. 

Jungle Prince is an album that sees the light after some collaborations, and which also contains some combinations but which finally marks the artist's solo turn. The album was released on June 30th on every digital platform.

The release of this single is accompanied by a video clip (watch the video => here) made by the Mitraglia label team, entirely shot in the Roman countryside and featuring the components of the label which Fral belongs. 


Listen to the album on Spotify => here

venerdì 12 giugno 2020

ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH ANNOUNCEMENT 2020 EDITION SUSPENDED





ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH ANNOUNCEMENT
2020 EDITION SUSPENDED

Benicassim (Spain), June 10, 2020



Family of Rototom,

The latest information that we have for you, the people who have made the Rototom Sunsplash adventure possible for almost three decades, is not the good news that we hoped for you.
We have suspended this year's event.
The current international health crisis does not permit the festival to be held this summer.

We have worked up to the last minute for a memorable edition wrapped in a hopeful theme, 
We can change the world, but this shared dream will have to wait.

A Rototom Sunsplash without hugs would not be Rototom. It would lose its essence, something we want to preserve. We have therefore put the 2020 edition hold, but not our efforts and the desire to continue.

A difficult year awaits us. After Months of work by a large team to organize the festival this summer, it is the time to reactivate the machinery to prepare for the next edition. We have enthusiasm and energy, but we need more than ever to continue counting on the support and involvement that you have shown us these 27 years. you have helped us to overcome every obstacle along the way.

acquiring your ticket in advance was already a gesture of confidence. Trasforming it now into a direct passport to Rototom Sunsplash 2021 would give us oxygen to build your next reggae holiday in Benicassim. It would go a long way to ensuring that this dream does not end.

However, we know that the current situation is complicated for everyone and that maintaining yous ticket is not an option for some of you. On our Rototom Sunsplash Website we have published our guide on how to managa ticket refounds and any related questions.

We promise you a memorable 27th edition, more exiciting than ever, and we will filful our part of the deal: from August 16 to 21, 2021 in Benicassim (Castellon, Spain).

While waiting, we have the illusion that there might be surprise capable of accelerating our reunion and comforting the disappointment of suspending the festival. Hopefully we can communicate it very soon.

We will come back stronger, together. You deserve to be part of this unique experience once again.

You are our certainty and we want you here. You are Rototom, Family.

See you soon

Here you can check all the information about how to keep your ticket or to request your refound.







venerdì 10 aprile 2020

Interview with Acsel and the rebel reggae band -Rototom Sunsplash 2019-



Hey there dear listeners, 

hope you all are safe and doing well. 
As many you might know many events have been postponed or cancelled due to the current situation, but we can't help but dreaming about the past couple of years and all the events we have been covering and hope to live again all those beautiful moments and days. 

Last year we went to Rototom Sunsplash and we had the chance to interview Acsel the front man of the Reggae Rebel Band from Italy after their performance at the Rototom's Lion Stage. 
We hope you will enjoy this interview and that we are keeping you company during this hard times :)


Hey Acsel,

-We never had the pleasure to meet, would you like to introduce yourself to our listeners? Tell us something about your performance at Rototom Sunsplash's lion stage.

Hey there, I am Acsel, I am the front man of the Reggae Rebel Band from Italy. The lion stage was amazing, I thought I would be way more nervous performing on such a stage, but when you get on and see all that people just waiting to dance, you start and never stop until the end. We played at 5.45 in the morning and it was full of people that you couldst's see at the end of it. It was very beautiful. 

-You also dedicated a song to the beautiful Rototom Sunsplash, how did you came up with the idea?

It sort of came by itself last year I came here to Benicassim, I arrived after the festival was over but I went to the Solé beach (Rototom's beach), and being there was enough to make me create the draft of the  lyrics, arrived back home I sat down and wrote the rest 

-How did the festival reacted to the song?

Very good, actually the festival produced the music video and it was published in their YouTube channel. It was a nice satisfaction, also because it was a gift we wanted to give to the festival. 

-Which is your favorite song in general, a tune that inspire you?

Hard question, there are so many... I guess I'd say Morgan Heritage are one of the bands I appreciate the most, and Alborosie they are two completely different things, Alborosie has more grit and incredible ideas, Morgan Heritage melodies are something incredible where you can only learn from it.

-What are your future projects?

At the end of September (2019) our new album "Sound Good" will be out, which is the album we anticipated here at Rototom. It's a very important album for us, it's our third album but is very different from the other two. With this album we wanted to play with the things we already have and it came out spectacular 


Listen to "feel good" => here

sabato 14 marzo 2020

CDC Festival 2020


          

Germany's biggest afro-diasporic dance and culture festival CDC Festival is coming back to Berlin at Gemeinschaftshaus Gropiusstadt from April 29th until May 3rd for its second edition; presenting once more its groundbreaking double soul : Culture Dance Camp & Culture Dance Clash.
CDC Festival is offering not only a space for multiple dance styles but also several activities that combine art, cultures and entertainment.

This edition's special surprise is "From Den Till Now", an original dance theatre concept which will be presented for the first time in Europe during CDC Festival. The play was created in Kingston, Jamaica by Dance Xpressionz with the direction of Orville Hall and tells the development of dancehall culture from the pre-mento era to the current sounds of the island through the movement, music and words. "From Den Till Now" started in 2007 and now is a great Jamaican success recognised as the first dance hall musical ever with songs witter exclusively for the piece and recorded by the cast itself. 




46 more days until CDC 2020, in the meanwhile let's enjoy this year's trailer 



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lunedì 9 marzo 2020

First artists for OverJam Reggae Festival 2020

The 9th edition of the Slovenian reggae festival, OverJam will return in Tolmin on the banks of the Soča river from the 20th to the 23rd of august.

All the artists that have been announced so far, will be performing for the very first time at the OverJam, the first four name that have been announced are Morgan Heritage for the very first time visiting Slovenia, Anthony B and Hempress Sativa will bring their sunny vibes all the way from Jamaica and last but no least the American Collie Buddz.

Full festival tickets are on sale here. The full festival tickets will be on presale until August 18th, and include access to the event, camping from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd, showers, phone charger and online administration fees.



As many might remember we have been to OverJam for the first time in 2018, and left a piece of heart over there, everything was just perfect and we can't wait to live again that amazing experience. OverJam see you soon <3