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Protoje embarks on school tour

Published:Saturday | January 26, 2019 | 12:18 AM
Protoje signs autographs for students of St Andrew High School.
Protoje at St Andrew High School.

Without fanfare, Grammy-nom­inated reggae artiste Protoje kicked off a school tour on January 15.

Figurehead of the In.Digg.Nation Collective, the Kingston Be Wise singer has already made stops at St Andrew High School for Girls, Campion College and the University of Technology. He hopes that many more schools will reach out to his team. If interested, they will be in a mini-concert and insightful, creatively inclined conversations.

“It’s an open invitation to schools across Jamaica. I want to go places we can reach, and we can reach everywhere. I went to school in St Elizabeth, so I want to go there as well,” the Munro College alumnus told The Gleaner.

“I wouldn’t classify it as a promo tour. Of course, promo will be done — but the tour will be going even after the show. There’s no end date to it. It’s gonna keep on going as more schools are added. It’s dynamic. It’s just a matter of timing and when it’s convenient, but we’re working on it,” he assured.

The international reggae star said the reason for doing the tour is a need to connect with students, both through music and engagement with an experienced ­creative professional.

“I want to bring the music into the school, bring them a different vibe — talk to them, reason with them and see what’s on their mind ... just to have that connection. I remember when I went to school and if an artiste came through and hold a vibes, it’s a good feeling,” he said.

Just three stops in, the label leader reports that discourse between himself and the students has been positive.

“It’s been generally good dialogue. We just talking about life and focusing on school, doing things other than the traditional jobs, making a living through arts, just taking the unconventional path to success. The students are experimental. They want to try different things and want to see different outcomes. So I’m just going there and facilitating that dialogue,” he said.