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Droop Lion, Gladiators back in Jamaica

Published:Monday | September 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Droop Lion (centre) and The Gladiators.

Following their successful 25-date European tour in February, and the subsequent round of festivals in the summer, Droop Lion and The Gladiators are back on Jamaican soil, recuperating, reflecting and ready for intense studio work. Whereas The Gladiators are seasoned hands at the touring game, and know exactly how to circumvent the many potential pitfalls, Droop Lion is learning, and learning quickly too.

Droop Lion, who is still relatively new as lead singer of the legendary reggae group, makes no claims to being a monk, or any such holy figure, however, when on tour, his circumspect behaviour has led to such questions. However, being the soul that he is, the entertainer takes this all in his stride as he maintains his Rastafarian livity. An ardent musical ambassador, whose choice of on-stage raiment - a gown - makes him somewhat of an ethereal figure, Droop Lion makes no apologies for his conscious decision to allow his music to do all the talking.

"I learnt a long time ago that you can't mix business with pleasure," the humble, yet outspoken, reggae singer said, "especially when the business that you are in involves excess amount of hype. I enjoy being on stage and I also enjoy interacting with fans, taking pictures and signing autographs, because that is another important aspect of the business. But we all know how the world set up, as long as there are so-called 'celebrities', there will always be those persons who want to get intimate," he noted.

But Droop Lion has been so resistant of crossing that invisible line, that one female fan in Europe was forced to ask him quite seriously, "Tell me something, are you a monk?" Laughing as he recalled the situation, Droop Lion admitted that the question took him by surprise, mainly because it was asked with such deep concern. He did his best to reassure her, with words only, that he was no monk, but whether she believed, was quite another matter.

Management relationship

Droop Lion, who is managed by Free People Entertainment, has maximum respect for manager Cabel 'Jeffrey' Stephenson. "Jeffrey is one of those persons who manages his artistes, the artistes cannot manage him. On the road, his experience is second to none. When I perform on stage for two hours, three and four times per week, he knows the regimen for the voice to ensure that it sounds clear for the entire tour - the voice exercise, the special mixtures to keep it pure, and of course, nothing beats good rest. When on tour, we are so focused on getting to the next venue, putting things in place and pleasing fans, that we don't have time to mess around or even feel the need to," the singer explained.

Droop Lion's recently concluded European tour saw him and The Gladiators giving fantastic performances at the Sélestat Bal des Petits Hommes, Verts France; Barcelona Trash 'n' Ready, Spain; Antwerp Sfinks, Belgium; Lescar Pau Festival, Emmaüs France; Hyéres Festival, France; Nice Théàtre de Verdure, France; Garda Mandstock Festival, Italy; Les Vans Festival Ard'Afrique, the Vieu Boucau Arénes, Chambéry Plein Air, Béziers Feria and the Fraisans No Logo Festival, all in France; Chiemsee Reggae Festival, Germany; Benicàssim Rototom, Spain and Bielawa Regalowisko, Poland.