Reggae legend Burning Spear headlines Rototom Sunsplash Festival

Burning spear (file photo)

by Howard Campbell

[KINGSTON, Jamaica] – Reggae legend Burning Spear is one of the headliners at the Rototom Sunsplash festival, which takes place August 16-22 in Benicassim, Spain.

Promoters of the event – which returns after a two-year absence due to Covid-19 – made the announcement on their website this week. Spear appears on closing day.

“We have been dreaming of this moment for many years, and finally the day has come: Burning Spear will be part of the next edition of the festival,” the organizers wrote.

One of the top reggae bands touring since the 1970s, Burning Spear retired from touring over 10 years ago. The singer-songwriter’s strongest base remains Europe where his songs and albums have earned him a loyal following.

These songs include Marcus Garvey, Slavery Days and Tradition, which are taken from his seminal album Marcus Garvey, released by Island Records in 1975.

Burning Spear, who like Bob Marley hails from St. Ann’s parish in northern Jamaica. He won two Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album with Calling Rastafari and Jah is Real.

The Rototom festival is one of the biggest events in reggae. Last held in 2019, the 2020 and 2021 shows have been canceled due to Covid-19.

It is one of many European reggae festivals make a comeback as global uncertainty over the pandemic eases.

Barrington Levy, Alborosie, Julian Marley, Clinton Fearon and The Skatalites are also on Rototom 2022.

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