The 10th anniversary of the Summer Jam festival is over! For the second time on the former RAF - airport in Wildenrath, CONTOUR as the organising company managed it for the first time to provide a (nearly) perfect festival. Sometimes it was of course a little bit too perfect (or German) and some things went bad (like every years water- and toilet- problems) but all in all it was quite OK.
So what were the musical highlights of the Jam? He was there! It was his second concert in Germany ever and it was absolutely fantastic! Bunny Wailer did a more than 2 hours show, he played many old Marley and 'Wailing Wailers' songs and the audience was absolutely enthusiastic! I think it was the best reggae show I ever saw! And the other Reggae highlights? Of course Burning Spear and Israel Vibration were great and Macka B did a fantastic show but all these bands were on the Jam for the second or third time, so my the real highlights besides Bunny Wailer were the Mystic Revealers and of course Shinehead (' I'm a Jamaican in Wildenrath'). Both did the afternoon shows on Saturday and Sunday, when most of the audience is on the camp ground to have some rest. But both managed to captivate the remaining people: Shinehead with his extravagant show, the Mystic Revealers by bringing their culture live on stage.
LIFE, LOVE and UNITY !!
Words spoken by the great DJ Big Youth and mixed up into a gorgeous dub by Dreadzone ...arousing goose-fleshes ... For me Dreadzone from Britain was the big surprise of this year's Summer Jam! Heated up by the sun these rhythms (variing from roots up to trance) caused people to vibrate and feel like LIFE, LOVE and UNITY !!
And the Worldmusic? After last years boring show by Manu Dibango as the only 'worldmusic'-act, Contour this year mixed a much better not-reggae- program: Youssou N'Dour did his 'the guide' -show for the third time in Germany, Angelique Kidjo did her first concert here (she was brilliant!) and Yothu Yindi (Aborigine band from down under) impressed the reggae- audience with their voices and their dijeridoos! Fantastic to see all these different music styles on one festival!
Next years Jam will not be in Wilderath, because Siemens will build a big factory there ...
Contour did not announce any other location yet!
Peter Beckhaus E-Mail: peter(at)reggaenode.de Anne Budnik anne(at)reggaenode.de
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