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Protoje uncovered

Published:Monday | June 27, 2016 | 6:00 AM
Reggae artist Protoje.
Gladstone Taylor/ Photographer Quite a reader, Proteje says he doesn't go anywhere without the book- 'Art of Worldly Wisdom' by Balthasar Gracian.”
Confidence is his most attractive quality in a woman.
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Reggae artist Protoje has been busy promoting his new LP, Royalty Free, in which he gets more personal, talking about lost love, and even his crush on former Miss Jamaica Sandra Foster. Today, we introduce you to the man behind the music, as we uncover some of his likes, dislikes, and even his favourite books.

1. Name five of your favourite cities in the world.

"One by a mile is London, for sure. London is out front. I love London. I love LA, Paris, Zurich (Zurich is pretty dope) and

Amsterdam."

2. Have you tried to learn one or two words in the different languages from these different places?

"Every now and then mi pick up couple of words. Every now and then."

3. Name five books that you recommend.

"The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian; Groundings With My Brothers by Walter Rodney; Selected Speeches from His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I; and A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James."

4.Name five attributes that you think a woman, a queen, a lady should have.

"Confidence is very important. Also, manners, for sure. Loyalty, compassion and sense of humour! Yeah. You know, that's very important to me. Sense of humour would definitely be one. But confidence is key." Protoje also said that wearing locks was not a prerequisite.

5. Name five of your biggest moments on a stage.

"Ancient Future in February, Hope Gardens. San JosÈ, Costa Rica, last year, which was a sold-out show. My show in London at the Koko really, really let me know that my stuff was blowing up there. My first Summer Jam with my band in 2013 in Germany. And, oddly enough, you know, maybe when I did a tribute to Bob Andy very early in my career at the function they had for him and he was there watching me sing his song, Too Experienced. That was really big."

6. Name one place in Jamaica you think everybody should visit at least once.

"I don't know because there are so many. It would be good, like when people come to Jamaica, they visit Pinnacle to learn about Rastafari and they can get a good base on where that spirituality and reggae music comes from. Personally, just for me, the place that really does a lot for me is Portland - just to be out there in the greenness of it. I feel like a lot of people come and go to the north coast and miss out on that. From a 'being in awe at Jamaica's beauty' type of angle, I would say there.

7. What do you miss the most when you are away from Jamaica for long periods of time?

"The food, for sure. Like breadfruit and ackee."

8. Speaking of food, what's the most interesting thing you've eaten while overseas?

" I don't really experiment with food. I keep it real simple. I don't know what to tell you. Just probably something like some fish done in some crazy way in Portugal or something."

9. What was it like the very first time you performed overseas?

"It was good. I felt very comfortable 'cause, coming from Jamaica, if you can perform in front of Jamaicans, trust me, you have nothing to stress about when you go somewhere else. I already had that under my belt, so I just went and had fun. People were very into the music."

10. Is there anything you want us to know about you that we don't already know?

"The only thing I would talk about is Sevana's EP coming out soon, and working on that

project right now."

11. What five things are must-haves when you are on the road?

"My marijuana vape pen, my laptop and my cell phone because it is like my laptop with my songs and everything on it. [Also] this book I don't go anywhere without named the Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian." Protoje also said he always travels with his vitamins.