Protoje talks Reggae with Afrofusion TV
June 26, 2017 § Leave a comment
A couple of years ago when Prince made that statement at the Grammys, “Like books and Black Lives, albums still matter,” he might as well have been making reference to reggae star Protoje, whose 2015 album Ancient Future is definitely one of the best reggae albums from Jamaica in quite some time. In a world of mixtapes and leaked tracks, Protoje has led a new wave of reggae artists who are creating some really innovative and inspirational music, with Protoje and his Indiggnation Collective, already putting out three and half albums since 2011. In what is really a growing but tight community of creative artists, the movement dubbed reggae revival by author and activist Dutty Bookman has led to some stellar collaborations between musicians like Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, Jah 9, Chronixx, and others. One of the most popular – “Who Knows,” by Protoje featuring Chronixx appears on Ancient Future; the song has become a staple at
each of their live shows. It was no different at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC on June 22nd, where Protoje and his Indiggnation band led the crowd in a raucous call and response through the song’s catchy chorus. It was a virtual party atmosphere as Protoje ran through songs from his first album to his latest.
Before the show he was so gracious to make time to speak with Afrofusion TV about his tour, his music and the reggae revival movement. Check out the interview above. Big ups to Dutty Bookman and Jemilla, Protoje’s assistant for making it all happen, and also the Howard Theatre for allowing us to use their space. Bless.