Today we have brand new Reggae music! Mr. Jesse Royal blessed us with this slow and steady melody called, “Always Be Around.” He preaches that love is the foundation, reasoning with the listener on a personal note. Take a listen, and tell me in the comments below what you think! Did you enjoy it?
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.
Minkah, Gabby, myself
Agent Sasco a.k.a. Assassin
Me, Jody, Gabby
Us again 🙂
Dabbin’ in the vibes!
Me & my bestie, Gabby
Kabaka Pyramid, Protoje
We got a pic with Protoje 🙂
*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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As per usual for any Jamaican event, the starting wasn’t timely. I wonder how the late trend started… Is it that as Jamaicans we’re just never on time? Or is it that promoters were never on time so patrons started coming late? Or are the promoters waiting on a large enough crowd before kicking off the event? The world may never know. As a rule of thumb for me and my best friend, Lexxi, if the event flyer says 8pm we make sure to arrive promptly by 9pm, we always give an hour leeway.
I went with Denni, a media personnel, so we arrived before the crowd, I had to make an effort to be early since I was hitching a ride. When we arrived the stage had already been set up, with all the instruments waiting patiently to rock the night away.
Can I dash in some selfies?
I took a selfie before I left my house.
Denni & I, the flash on my phone is way too bright tho.
My favourite Reggae artiste is Protoje, if you neva know, I love his music, from the lyrics to the heartbeat that is the drums, to the vibrating bassline go right dung to the cabasa. Though he’s my favourite, he doesn’t control my whole heart, I love off this raga muffin, Jesse Royal, legit I’d marry him. This photograph of Jesse by HIMAGES is so nice, click it and take a look at the whole album.
Another note: I have a thing for black and white photos, please enjoy this song to go along with it.
Since Marijuana has been decriminalized in Jamaica, I have a song to share with you. Jesse Royal’s new song ‘Finally.’ Listen here or below ↓
Decriminalized? you ask, yes it is. Marijuana is still not legal but it has been decriminalized in Jamaica. That means if the police search you and you happen to have weed, of 2 ounces, you can get a ticket for $500JAD (about $5USD) but this will not mar your criminal record. The only persons allowed to have more than 2 ounces are people of Rastafarian faith. Smoking of cigarettes, and now marijuana in public is still prohibited.
I’d like to highlight how Kulture Shocked celebrates Reggae Month, this only goes to show you don’t have to be in Jamaica to celebrate.
“I would post a quote from a reggae song on the whiteboard outside my room along with the singer’s name and song title. Feel free to join in the Reggae Month Whiteboard Series. It doesn’t have to be on a whiteboard, it could be a tweet or a status update.”
To find something to wear! I ran through my closet, in my head, trying to find the best pick. The scrolling stopped and my thoughts gathered, I got it! I had to be prepared for the freezing night air on Jack’s Hill a.k.a. Reggae Mountain.
Since Lexxi and I decided we were definitely going to be early for this event, by 9 pm we were well on our way; the car ride was fast and entertained by the hearty jokes of Denni. I still wonder why he isn’t a comedian. Corner after corner up the steep hill we went, finally arriving at Levels Cafe, 6B Skyline drive. I think the road is named with good reason too.
He was strolling up the pathway, towards us, greeting everyone he passed, stopping to speak to some, while others wanted pictures with him. You could tell he was humble just by the way he tread through the crowd. He was the man of the hour, we were waiting for him and the late start was expected because Jamaicans being on time would have been a sight to see. Lexxi and I were leaned up against the shop wall behind the stage, the band members were already set on stage, the crowd was buzzing, ready for him, and finally he walked by us. I grabbed Lexxi’s hand and tried to point discretely but he saw the movement and turned towards us. “Goodnight beautiful ladies,” he said with a smile, sending my heart into overdrive. We both replied with ‘Hi’s’ and reached out for a hug which he responded to. He asked how we were doing, and apologized for the late start of the show, we replied with fine and no problem. He spoke in such an easy-going manner, it felt like greeting a friend; I could see he truly appreciates his fans as he kept the conversation even with the waiting crowd. Then he continued to the stage.