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Reggae festival Goa Sunsplash announces additions to its line-up 

Goa Sunsplash, a celebration of reggae music and culture, has announced a bevy of names from all around the world, featuring crowd favourites like Dub FX, and upcoming talent. Founded by, Reggae Rajahs, Goa Sunsplash made its debut on the festival circuit in 2016.

This year, the festival will be held on January 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Riva Beach Resort, Mandrem.

No stranger to Indian fans, beatboxer Dub FX will be at Goa Sunsplash with new music and a raw vibe with true dub and reggae influences. Alongside him will be Earl Gateshead, an integral part of Britain’s sound system culture, and representative of the London reggae scene alongside previously announced Channel One Sound system. Also on the line-up is Tel-Aviv selector and Stamp the Wax editor, Zipporah, whose global stylings have earned her a loyal following around the world.

Others include House of Riddim, an Austrian reggae band, who will be Anthony B’s backing band at the festival; Damalistik, a French dub and reggae producer who tirelessly pushes reggae and dancehall sounds around the world, and Irish singer Cian Finn, who is by now a familiar face at Goa Sunsplash.

What will have fans most excited is the presence of two hand-built, Indian sound systems at Goa Sunsplash. One of India’s most outspoken and recognised voices is that of Delhi Sultanate and Begum X, who will travel to Goa with their authentic, hand-built Jamaican style sound system, BFR Sound System, joining the 10,000 Lions sound system, one of the highlights at Goa Sunsplash.

The line features talent from across the world–France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Australia, US, and even Vietnam.

Indian acts announced for the fourth edition include India’s most popular hip-hop DJ and Goa resident, DJ Sa; Mumbai-based turn tabilist DJ Uri and his protégé, Paper Queen; Goa-based reggae band, The Avadhutas; Goa-based dub enthusiast Sanyas-I; Selecta D2; Pune’s Yung Maddy; West African percussion group Boombay Djembe Foelas; Coven Code’s (India’s first all-female culture collective) Pia Collada and Kadambari and The Coffee Cats.

Acts previously announced include Jamaican reggae superstar, Anthony B, Jamaican radio jockey ZJ Liquid, Egoless, a multi-instrumentalist turned dub and dubstep London’s Kibir La Amlak, Jamaican dancer Craig Black Eagle, Russia’s Steppa Style, Forelock & Arawak, one of the most promising voices of Italian reggae; Mumbai-based reggae and hip-hop outfit Bombay Bassment. One of the most vibrant sound systems in London, Reggae Roast will make a stop in Goa as will Hyderabad-based DJ and radio presenter Dakta Dub. Goa-based French selector Rudy Roots and the festival’s own, 10,000 Lions Sound System will be represented by an international crew including Ninjahdread and Realoveution Hi-Fly.

The emphasis for Goa Sun splash this year is to be able to offer a holistic lifestyle and cultural experience that reflects the reggae ethos. Here, there will also be a Jamaican dance workshop by Craig Black Eagle, an African dance workshop, dub yoga, capoeira, drum circles, sound healing, and discussions pertaining to sound system culture. For the first time, there will be also a specially curated Jamaican menu available in the afternoons.

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