New York, NY – Protoje was live in the Highline Ballroom on June 18, 2017; one of his many stops on his Bl**dCl**t Tour. Gates were opened at 7 pm and the DJs’ entertained the audience with some sweet sweet reggae music. The air at this time signaled a night of musical blessing!
Protoje took center stage at about 9:30 pm and his performance was nothing less than what I expected. From the vocalists to the drummer, pianist, guitarists, keyboardist and bassist there was a renewal energy as he (Protoje) is credited as the man who started the ‘Reggae Revival‘.
The audience swayed to the beat almost as if under a spell as he delivered songs from his albums. Songs such as Rasta Love, Sudden Flight, Criminal, Stylin’, Who Knows, Blood Money, JA.
The set was complete after an hour and half which seemed like a mere 5 minutes. He ended with Kingston Be Wise. The crowd although pleased seemed to be beckoning for more as his energetic, powerful and invigorating performance was entertaining from start to finish.
Protoje delivered and has left NYC saying “We like it! When again will it be?”
Of course we spoke to Protoje after his performance:
Kim Bremmer: What inspired the name of your Bl**dCl**t Tour?
Protoje: “We just ah vibes and mi did have it on social media for my name for a while and actually its my mother who heard it and said that’s what I should call the tour.
Kim Bremmer: How was your band formed?
Protoje: “Just overtime. The longest person with the band is Paris on keyboards and then I saw Kongs play drums one night and I said he’s the drummer I want to play with. Monty and Danny are like legends and I had the opportunity for them to play in the band. I asked them and they said yes and Zuggu on guitar. The girls awesome, the whole team awesome.
Kim Bremmer: What is the New Wave project?
Protoje: That’s a vibe. My brethren Jason Panton came up with the name and was like yo I have this idea for an event named New Wave and then that was it and he was like make the event into something. So I always wanted a platform to put out new, not necessarily artiste, but new energies and investigate what is going on creatively across Jamaica and just give them a platform. So New Wave started and it’s fashion, it’s cinema, its music, it’s a bunch of stuff just bringing creatives together and that’s the main reason I wanted to do it.
Kim Bremmer: Is Protoje a big dancer? Even when the music stopped you were still moving.
Protoje: “Mi never even let lose tonight. The material pan stage and the shoes hold mi back suh mi never even cut lose. Is just a preview yuh get tonight.
Kim Bremmer: When next will you be performing in New York?
Protoje: “Not for awhile. Mi ah get some new music and come back in a real way trust mi, in a real way.”
Kim Bremmer: Make sure I get the exclusive on this next performance.
Protoje: Yuh have it, see it yah. See everybody gone and you one deh yah ah par wid wi.