Runkus conquers Europe
Runkus

Runkus was one of the young reggae turks who made their European festival debut this summer. He performed on three shows: Summerjam in Germany, Belgium's Reggae Geel, and Rototom Sunsplash in Spain.

"It was crazy-wicked, a good experience. Europe has a different form of energy," said the 22-year-old singjay.

He told the Jamaica Observer that he was surprised fans at the events were familiar with his songs, such as Victims and Move Yuh Foot.

"Dem move dem foot to the bassline, which show dem know the songs. Yuh get dat in America too, but in certain places like "Cali" (California) or Colorado where there's a Rasta vibe," Runkus explained.

He was accompanied by his six-piece Old Skl Band.

Runkus (given name Romario Bennett) is the son of singjay Determine of Kette Drum fame. His introduction to touring came through his father, who has a strong following in Europe and on the United States West Coast.

In Europe Runkus promoted Move In, a seven-song EP produced by German company K-Jah Records.

Victims and Move Yuh Foot are on the mini-set.

This is the roots artiste's second overseas run in consecutive years. In 2015, he performed alongside Ky-Mani Marley in Colombia and in December, toured the US South and Midwest.