Protoje knocks terrible promoters

Reggae artiste Protoje said the unprofessional manner in which many promoters execute live shows in Jamaica has caused him to restrict his appearances before local audiences.

Protoje, who returns with a new reggae jam called Can’t Feel No Way, said while all local promoters are not guilty of unprofessional conduct, he prefers to perform at shows in Jamaica where he has full control.

“I have not really performed in Jamaica a lot because I like to put on my own shows when I am doing shows out here,” he told THE WEEKEND STAR yesterday.

“My experiences with shows have been that it can be unprofessional. You are supposed to be on at this time but its like two hours later,” Protoje said.

He said that as a result it impacts the way in which he is able to deliver to his audience.

“If I am supposed to be on stage 10:30, I want to go on stage 10:30. I don’t want to go and hear that you need to want four hours because this persons needs to go airport or this affi happen. These little things annoying. You may reherse a one hour set and then you are told you have to cut it down to 35 minutes,” Protoge said.

“I don’t really subscribe to those things so I just do my own shows,” he said.

Protoje, who along with Chronixx, performed at Coachella 2016, one of the largest Music Festivials in the world, will be hitting the stage in his home parish of St Elizabeth tonight at the Calabash International Literary Festival.

“I’ve always wanted to perform there. I’ve gone there as a patron couple times. I’m just gonna go down there, have some fun.” he said.

The St Elizabeth native, said yesterday that he is happy with the pace of his career, adding that 2016 has been his most successful to date.

“I’m very, very blessed. I have played Glastonbury, Coachella and I’ve been featured on BBC’s Radio 1. There are many things I’ve gotten in such a short period of time, so I’m very grateful,” he told THE WEEKEND STAR yesterday.


“I always said that my main focus was going to be the decade from 2010 to 2020, and the work I wanted to put in during this decade, when I look at where I’m at, there’s still a lot more work to be done, but I have more years left to do this,” he said.

Meanwhile, Protoje also gave his views on the recent announcement of by Sumfest promoters that this year’s show will only feature locally-honed talents.

“I don’t see anything wrong with it, just as how I don’t see anything wrong with them having international acts. It’s their show, they must be able to curate a show in the way they see fit for their brand. I do feel it’s a good direction to be using local. Sumfest gave me an opportunity when I was a young artiste coming up, so I am grateful for that,” he said.

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