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Reggae Revival Readies to Rev Up at Rototom Sunsplash

Protoje performing at Arts in the Park

The Reggae Revival, will be touching down at the 20th staging of Rototom Sunsplash, one of the world’s largest Reggae festivals. The movement will be making both musical and theoretical contributions to the festival, with performances by Protoje and Indiggnation and Kabaka Pyramid while Dutty Bookman will be a part of the Reggae University.

The Reggae Revival moment involves music and other art forms and has been described as a return to a more socially conscious and lyrically conscientious music. While there are no formal dues carrying members, Protoje and Kabaka Pyramid are considered key columns of the movement along with Jah 9, Raging Fyah and Nomaddz, while its visual art impact is evident through Taj Francis and Matthew McCarthy. Boukman, author of Tried and Trie, has been credited with popularizing the Reggae Revival term.

The Reggae University, a forum dedicated to reggae’s history and culture presents discussions, film screenings and book launches. Among the discussions on the 2013 roster are pieces on Foundation Dancehall, with URoy and Flabbo Holt, as well as exploring whether Jamaica remains the capital of Reggae featuring Prof Carolyn Cooper, Dr. Sonjah Stanley Niaah and Dubtonic Kru.

Dubtonic Kru, though not specifically linked with the Reggae Revival can be seen as one of the movement’s forerunners. The band, whose striking dub sound brought them acclaim as Battle of the Bands champion, will also be performing.

Similarly, Cooper and Stanley Niaah are also doing double duty at the festival. Cooper will be launching the Reggae anthology Global Reggae while Stanley Niaah will be previewing her upcoming book A Politics of Pilgrimage: Reggae Festivals and the Movement of Jah People.

Rototom Sunsplash, takes place August 17 - 24 in Benicassim, Spain. Other Jamaican acts on the festival includesThird World, Chakka Demus and Pliers, Israel Vibration, Gyptian, Ce’Cile, Renaissance, Wayne Marshall, Anthony B, Leroy Sibbles, John Holt, Richie Spice, and Damian Marley.