Saturday 12th August sees the world premiere of Goya winner Ángel Loza’s documentary ‘Wake up! What would you do to change the world?’, filmed at Rototom 2011.
Friday 18th August closes the Film Fest with a documentary about Rototom itself. ‘More than Twenty-Reloaded’ is a new updated edition of Tommaso d’Elia and Silvia Bonanni’s film on the festival. And who better to bring the University to a climax than a talk from African Reggae legend Alpha Blondy mapping the birth of his continent’s take on the music: Cocody Rock?
Ras Ibi will then lead the closing Rasta Seminar on Ital Food.
Exhibition by Adrian Boot
In addition to the University sessions, Film Fest, Rasta Seminars and discussions by Spain’s Asociación Cultural Reggae, Rototom Celebrating Africa is proud to host a world class exhibition by veteran British photographer Adrian Boot, responsible for some of the most iconic photographs of Bob Marley, which form a part of his immortal legacy and the symbolism of the Jamaican legend.
Reggae: the Africa Connection, is the title of the exhibition, in Reggae University, that will present the work of this celebrated photojournalist, who has worked for publications including Rolling Stone and NME and shot album covers for Island Records.“Africa, more than any other part of the world, has for decades embraced Reggae music with great passion”, says Boot in a letter to the festival, “Marley, Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse, Third World, Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear are regarded by Africans as the force that dismantled apartheid”.
The exhibition is devoted to the leading luminaries of Reggae and African music. It features images of Peter Tosh visiting Lagos, Benjamin Zephaniah meeting Nelson Mandela, Luciano at Goree Island Slave port, and Burning Spear with Thomas Mapfumo. Be sure to visit this stunning visual journey through the heart of the themes for Rototom Sunsplash 2017.