The Lion Stage roars at Rototom Sunsplash 2017
The stage announces its line-up for the ‘Celebrating Africa’ edition, in which it grows and broadens its range of artists
The Tuareg guitarist Bombino, the unstoppable show of Mungo’s Hi Fi and Turbulence, Jamaican music’s standard bearer, are among the music delights to be enjoyed this August
Rototom Sunsplash has completed the line-up on the Lion Stage. For its 24th edition, titled Celebrating Africa, the renamed Lion Stage boasts a bigger space and wider variety of top ranking artists, many drawn from the music’s younger generation.
Representing Africa are scorching shows by Niger’s virtuoso Tuareg guitarist Bombino and Morocco’s Gnawa multi-instrumentalist Mehdi Nassouli.
Reggae and dancehall’s international reach is demonstrated by Sweden’s Million Stylez, appearing at the festival for the very first time. Also creating borderless sounds will be rebellious young Australian Nattali Rize, Guadeloupian/Swiss lyricist Cali P, New Caledonia’s Marcus Gad, and Guinean French roots artist Lyricson.
Carrying the flag for Jamaican music as culture creators will be Spanish Town deejay Lutan Fyah, ‘The Notorious one’ Turbulence, and Bull Bay’s heavily herbal vocalist Keida.
And the Lion Stage has plenty of local flavour. Africa and Barcelona combine in the hip hop/dancehall music of Marga Mbande. Madrid’s Emeterians, on the rise, will be backed by Forward Ever band while Barcelona’s Alex Bass and fresh sensation Adala appear with the Same Song band. The Lion Stage will also host Madrid emcee Lasai, and the return of 2014 Spanish Reggae Contest Winners Malaka Youth, having established themselves on the national scene.
In a special treat for Rototom’s younger audience, Reggae Per Xics combines reggae with traditional childrens’ songs. Last year the festival attracted 12,000 young spectators and, in their honour, this year the Lion Stage will open at 19.15 on the festival’s final day for an extra hour of music.
In keeping with the Celebrating Africa theme, the Lion Stage will commence with an African performance every day. In addition, there will be three spectacular live dub shows by three leading digital producers. Lyon, France’s Panda Dub and Paris’ Manu Digital will be sculpting soundscapes alongside an un-missable appearance from Glasgow’s mighty Mungo’s Hi Fi. This fun-loving Scottish sound system and production house are guaranteed to bring the overproof party vibes.
And as if all that weren’t enough, Rototom Sunsplash 2017 will present a very special cooperation project, Ethnopia Reggae Ambassadors, designed to spread Ethiopian culture around the world. Ethnopia Reggae Ambassadors Johnny Raga, Haile Roots, Sami Dan, Henok, Chelina, Tsedi, Ras Yohannes and Yohana backed by Mehari brothers band – will be a highlight of the Lion Stage. Endorsed by the Spanish Embassy in Ethiopia and supported by The Ethiopian Tourism Organization, this collective was announced in an exclusive press conference in Addis Ababa. They will be meeting media and festival-goers at the 2017 Celebrating Africa edition.
With such a great selection of top class international talent, for eight days of diverse and deeply cultural music, the Lion Stage will roar!