Daily Struggle: The Story

I rose ready for di the road, energy and excitement twirling in my belly, and oozing from my pores. Today was the day, Protoje’s private album listening, only a few were selected. Doing my morning ritual, I checked my messages- *record scratch* eyebrows knitted, mouth slack, brain trying to connect the dots- I had gotten a Whatsapp message from L’Acadco’s Rehearsal Director stating a change in the rehearsal time from 4 to 3pm. When my listening session was at 3:30 pm. Oh shit. I can’t miss this. I jumped out of bed disheartened, the times for the listening sessions were picked out from yesterday, would I be able to switch times? I scurried around the room, placing my necessities on the bed, bags for the day were packed from last night. After my shower and hastened breakfast I was out the door and on my way to work. Why work on a Saturday you ask? That is an Accountant struggle when the Tax is due.

I sat at my paper-bombed desk, brain ticking, Protoje is my favourite reggae artiste, I can’t give up IMG_2202like this. So I whipped out my phone and sent an email to the person in charge, asking if I could change my time to the 2-3 o’clock listening. I began my work, ear keen for the beep of my phone. Not too long after there was the beep, heart racing, with fingers fumbling I opened the email, “Yes there’s space, you may join the 2-3pm session” and just like that I knew Jah works. The next task at hand was finishing up my assigned work by 2. I scribbled, erased, *calculator clicked* scratched my head, and rushed to finish up. At 2pm I was complete. Rushing to catch a cab was the third task.

A taxi to Half Way Tree arrived in less than 5 minutes, after bustling with my 3 bags to the next taxi stand, getting one to the venue took a little more time. Trying to look decent, I willed my sweaty body to cool down while I put in a headband. At 2:22pm I had arrived at the listening, IMG_2208late, hot, and full of bags but happy that I made it. I mouthed a greeting while entering the room ‘Who Knows’ playing on full blast. I had never been in a recording studio before and it was posh. I waved to Nickii who I spotted in the corner before taking a seat on the floor, beside some other fans, I unladen my body of the bags, and was greeted by the lady behind the email, she asked my name. (Giiiiirl! why won’t you answer to your name?)

IMG_2209After the track finished he said the name and started the next one, that continued until the album ended. If Protoje wasn’t an artiste I’m sure he could be a DJ! We all got a chance to express our thoughts on the album, a girl said it was truly amazing to which I cheekily responded, “I came late, but I believe her” which earned some chuckles. The lovely Sevana got featured when he dropped her song “Bit Too Shy” I bet he didn’t think we’d all be singing along. At 3pm I had to leave and head to my rehearsal but not before hopping into the group picture, Protoje had wanted it for Instagram, which he tagged us all in.

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The last struggle of the day, was walking up the road in full black, to get to the bus stop, that day I regretted those super tight skinny jeans, and that polo shirt but praises were given when the bus came not long after. I arrived at Studio and rehearsals hadn’t begun as yet, so I’d say it was a good day.

Based on a true story :p


I’ll be making a post about the launch and album review in one 🙂 so keep an eye out!

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