Protoje's '8 Year Affair' live debut hits home
Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
Just weeks after officially releasing his sophomore album titled 8 Year Affair, which has charted at number five on the Billboard Reggae chart, Protoje and his Indiggnation band opted to bring another dimension of his music to the fore with a concert titled Live from the Capital.
Many fans opted to stand shoulder to shoulder because there just was not enough room inside the Vera Moody Concert Hall at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
With Protoje gliding across the stage to songs such as I and I, Dread and This is not a Marijuana Song, the crowd was mesmerised from the very beginning.
Protoje promised the audience he would be performing all the songs from his sophomore album and he did not disappoint.
"I've been hearing that reggae music is dead, is that true?" Protoje inquired to a resounding 'No' from the audience.
Protoje launched into Reggae Revival before questioning critics who believe the industry is falling apart. His hourlong set also featured a duet with up-and-coming artiste Toi, who delivered a powerful performance of their single Shot by Love.
"Girls been a bun mi out. Dem seh 'if dem cyaa get nuh song tuh' and yuh done know Rasta needs loving too. Music is an expression of self. It's how I communicate. When mi listen to some songs like I Wayne's I Need Her in my Arms, mi realise seh some real expressions to the empress is needed," Protoje said. The women in the audience wholeheartedly agreed.
He segued into a duet with songstress Tessanne Chin titled Someone Like You. The newly released love ballad was a hit with audience members, who joined in the chorus.
The Rasta Love hitmaker made his mark, wooing fans with his charm and charisma.
8 Year Affair and Who Dem a Programme were the next songs to be performed, and the few audience members still in their seats left them.
After performing his hit single Kingston Be Wise, Protoje left the stage. The patrons begged for more and he willingly obliged.
He closed his set with Music From My Heart. This song brought the crowd to a fever pitch and was the highlight of a spectacular event.
In the end, there were undoubtedly some new Protoje fans.