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Rototom sunsplash wins new fans

ORGANISERS of the annual Rototom Sunsplash festival say the August 16-23 show in Benicassim, Spain achieved its objective of appealing to a new demographic.

Katia Brollo, a Rototom spokesperson, credits the appearance of neo roots-reggae acts with attracting new fans to the festival which was first held in Gaio di Spilimbergo, Italy in 1991.

“The main objective of this year’s show was to increase the visibility of the reggae renaissance, giving the opportunity to the exponents of this movement to come to Rototom and porform on the main stage of the festival,” Brollo told the Jamaica Observer. “Jah9, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal and Chronixx offered high-quality concerts.”

Brollo added: “We could become the bridge between the historic reggae performers like Jimmy Cliff, Luciano and Alpha Blondy and contemporary hip hop dance icons such as Sean Paul, Shaggy and Lauryn Hill.”

She noted that veterans such as Cliff, Luciano and Inner Circle helped the festival maintain its core demographic (ages 20 to 45).

The Rototom Festival, which is the largest of Europe’s summer reggae festivals, again comprised workshops looking at ways to improve the reggae product, as well as reflecting on the music’s history.

Inner Circle is nominated in the 33rd IRAWMA for Most Outstanding Band/Group

Earlier this weeek Martin’s International Culture producer of the 33rd (IRAWMA) was pleased to inform Inner Circle that they were nominated in the following category for the best of 2013/14:

• Most Outstanding Band/Group

The 33rd IRAWMA celebration will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the state of the art Coral Springs Center for the

Arts, Make sure you chill your Inner circle family on as they reach for this prestigious accomplishment.

CARIBBEAN FOOD WEEK: We take a look at the secrets of jerk in Bedford town centre

THIS week it’s Caribbean food week and time to celebrate jerk, scotch bonnets and rum.

So we popped along to Yummiee Jerk Pit in Bedford town centre to have a look at the famous style of barbecuing in action.

Run by 56-year-old Foster Oakland, the stall sells pork, chicken, curried goat, patties and more.

But how is that unique jerk flavour created?

“The secret is the pimento wood, that’s what gives it the flavour,” says Foster.

“It’s like if you cook brisket you use cedar wood to cook it.

“But If you don’t have the wood you have to marinade the meat for about 48 hours.”

It also helps to use the traditional oil barrel drum which ‘locks the flavour in’.

“There’s a place in Jamaica called Boston where the best jerk is. My great grandfather cooked there and he teach me all this,” adds Foster.

“I’ve been doing food since 1993, I had a bakery in Brixton.”

With the smell of delicious chicken filling our noses we ask what is Foster’s favourite dish? “I’m really a fish man you know.”

“I do jerk fish here on Saturdays, we use snapper but sometimes we use a fish called doctor fish.”

The stall is open from Wednesday to Saturday on Silver Street or Harpur Street with help from Alex Notice.

And with Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, Foster all runs a shop in Ladbroke Grove in the area.

[Video] Inner Circle Performs for over 30 Thousand People at the 2014 Rototom Sunsplash Festival in Spain

As is traditional, before the last concert on Main Stage for the 21st Rototom Sunsplash, the team that makes this possible each year got up on stage to greet the public of Rototom and Filippo Giunta had a few words for the international audience before anouncing the dates for the 22nd edition of the Festival, to be held once again in Benicassim, from 15 to 22 August 2015.

This is the speech: After the Jump! Read more

Otis Florence “Skyy Vodka’s Mixologist” invades Jamaica

It was a whirlwind of activities when SKYY Vodka’s International mixologist Otis Florence landed in Jamaica .

Invited to the island by J. Wray & Nephew Limited in an effort to enhance and elevate the bartending experience across the island, part of his trip was conducting several sessions in Kingston and Montego Bay, with a particular focus on ‘craft bartending’.

Florence also created several new and simple cocktails, including the ‘Dominica Drive’ and ‘Button Down’, incorporating SKYY Vodka’s Infusion Flavours, which include the new SKYY Moscato Grape, SKYY Raspberry and SKYY Passion Fruit.

He also had a chance to experience the Jamaican nightlife at Pier One, Fiction Fantasy and Ultra’s third anniversary, where patrons enjoyed complimentary SKYY Infusion cocktails mixed to perfection.

For the last hooray to end his trip, Florence hosted a Bartender Lyme at Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records in the Market Place on Constant Spring Road, where bartenders and bar managers had an opportunity to mix and mingle and exchange cocktail recipes with him.