Shell Band Stand of Hope Gardens | Kingston, Jamaica
If you neva know that I love Protoje, you must be new to my blog lol. He’s one of my fave muses. So after I missed Dubwise Jamaica in December and nearly bawl, I not so patiently waited for Proto’s concert, featuring only songs from his new album, Ancient Future.
It wasn’t my first time at the Shell Band Stand, I knew I had to arrive early, so I could be at the front of the stage. As the name suggests, the cover of the stage mimics an oyster shell; the stage was strategically built on the lowest part of a small incline, so no matter where in the audience you were, the stage would still be in sight.
At the highest part of the ‘hill’ were a few vegetarian food vendors, the lines already lengthy. Yaadcore spun his roots mix to keep the crowd entertained ’til show time.
With Indiggnation on stage and tuned up, Dutty Bookman introduced Protoje, and the show had begun! He started off with Criminal, which was followed by a crowd favourite, Protection. When Mortimer started singing… the crowd went wild, the noticeable gap between the audience and the stage disappeared. Listen, hearing a song live, where you can feel the raw emotions from the artiste, is far better than sitting and listening to the track. I would say we took a collective step forward but I’m sure couple people ran pass me. Dwl!
You could tell the real Protoje fans were up at the front, singing the songs, word for word, he took us to Who Can You Call, his favourite track on the album, then Stylin’. The crowd took a liking to his featured artistes; Sevana got her shine in Love Gone Cold. Answer To Your Name was where dancers and non-dancers alike got their groove on- everyone started dancing! Sudden Flight was another crowd favourite, lyrics up in the air, the crowd raved at the presence of Sevana and Jesse Royal. Proto had a special surprise for us at this point he brought on Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco, who came on and sang Mix Up from his just released album “Theory of Reggaetivity” along with a few lines from his other well known songs.
I enjoyed the little teasing Protoje did, he was like I know there are those of fans who came to hear songs like No Lipstick, which he sang a couple lines of, and proceeded to say he would take requests between songs. He had been saying on twitter that he would perform strictly songs from Ancient Future but I knew in my heart he had to give us a little taste of his other Albums 😜 After he said that my friend, Minkah, was like which song we ago shout out? dwl! she suggested Hold You Now, but I was like nah man, let’s say Come My Way. The second time he said “I know there are those fans who came to hear songs like…” in the midst of the silence I shouted out Come My Way, and lucky for me my mouth is loud, and the crowd was silent at moment in time. So he sang a couple lines of it 😀 then he sang some lines from Roll.
The final leg was All Will Have To Change, and Bubblin’, followed by Who Knows with Chronixx, he divulged that he stole JA. from his mommy, Miss Lorna Bennett, who then came on stage and showed us how it was done. When she done rap di shotta line from the song the whole place tun ova! His mommy, and former artiste has still got it locked and sealed! He ended with The Flame alongside Kabaka Pyramid, the final track on the album, and personally my second favourite song on the album, like I mentioned above, you can feel the emotions from the artiste singing live, and that’s one of the things that made this finale so amazing.
All in all the concert was amazing, the Indiggnation played like a well oiled machine, everything was in sync like the musical family that they are. The horns were especially lit 🔥 the sound was turnt all the way up and Protoje looked like he enjoyed himself as much as we did. This was an amazing experience and frankly one of the best concerts I’ve been to; it was definitely well worth the wait. This concert has lead me to make two new friends, and to be honest anybody who loves good music like myself, is worthy of being my friend. Big up Shawn! and see what my friend, Soren, had to say about the concert on her blog June26.
*Songs not in order of performance, lool I really tried to remember the order but I was too lost in the music to write that down.
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