Plein Les Watts 2019 Line up
Thursday, August 15th
Jamesty is a band that likes to mix the rhythms of jazz, funk, and soul with the roots of reggae.
Being yourself, making no concessions, staying authentic while playing root reggae codes by sprinkling the “just necessary” soul and electro, this is the favorite terrain for THE SUNVIZORS. Velvet for the ears.
Alpheus is the last artist to have been signed by Coxsone Dodd. Talented and simple, he advocates with his music a return to the authentic vibes of ska and rocksteady of the 60s and 70s.
MORGAN HERITAGE (JAM)
Morgan Heritage is one of the major nu-roots bands of the 90-2000 years. A conscious and modern sound served by a talented family in every way.
The debut of Morgan Heritage (Denroy, David, Jeff, Luke, Memmalatel, Ray, Peter, and Una) was quite difficult. Although Denroy Morgan’s children (see also his bio), everything is not necessarily easier when your father is known and respected in music. Especially when a part of the family was born in the United States and wants to break into the Jamaican reggae. In 1994, however, released their first album “Miracle”. The review was harsh enough about this album as a cheap, sanitized, soulless reggae album.
Friday, August 16th
Coming from a dual Franco-Nigerian culture, singer Mahakwe Wadike becomes aware of the struggles and persecutions resulting from colonialism during his youth in Lagos.
Formed in 2007 by two passionate reggae and dub lovers from Pontarlier, the Mystical Faya group is moving directly towards a “rockers” style tinged with dub.
Treesha is a singer from Kenya and settled in Germany: Gentleman’s chorister, it is with the musicians of this one, the Evolution band, that she will perform on the stage of the Plein-les-Watts Festival to present her reggae-tinged soul.
JAH MASON (JAM)
Member of the Rasta order of Bobo Ashanti, like Sizzla or Capleton, Jah Mason branded the wave one drop of the early 2000s.
With more than a dozen albums to his credit, the artist has yet experienced a career sawtooth, finally seeing in music only one means of expression among others.
Saturday, August 17
The two singers Marie-Lou Fauconnet and Adeline Aurokiom released their first album entitled Ladie’s words in 2016. It represents the essence of their music: feminine vocal harmonies in the service of a reggae root mixed with soul and Afro influences.
His performances are very energetic but evolve very little over the years and remain too short most of the time. In 2006, an album still stands out: the powerful “Notorious” with the huge single of the same name. In 2007, no less than four albums land on the market and then … nothing (or almost). In any case no album before 2010 and the release of “The Journey”. Turbulence remains nevertheless one of the spearheads of the new-roots generation.
Presented as the revival of African reggae, Natty Jean comes straight from Senegal where he made his debut on the hip-hop scenes in Dakar and local productions. But soon tired of a hip-hop universe that no longer corresponded, Natty Jean finds a new breath in reggae.
Euvin “Don Carlos” Spencer embodied this style with the Black Uhuru, a legendary band of the 1980s who took over from the genre after the death of Bob Marley (1981), but he soon left to pursue a solo career, despite a short reformation in 1990.