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Protoje’s Inside. Grammy Nominee Reverts to the ‘Rounds’ as He Delivers New Music, Talks Social Media and more.

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We sat for a quick chat with the reggae artiste in St. Clair, Trinidad on Monday. He’d made a few media rounds and was eager to hit the beach during his quick stop. “I wish I could get to the beach more,” he admitted, telling us that at home in Jamaica he doesn’t get to the beach as often as he’d like. He also said he’d been making an effort to reevaluate how much time he spent on social media. “I’ve been looking at how much time I’m spending online,” he said, assessing the issue of ‘less human interaction’ in today’s world. He’s not a huge fan of social media but admits to its effectiveness when it comes to marketing music globally.

Born Oje Ken Ollivierre, Protoje’s father is actually a St. Vincent born calypsonian. It’s never been the genre of choice for him though. He says he appreciates the story telling in the music and when it comes to Soca, he hopes to visit for Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival next year and has even spoken with Bunji Garlin about possible collaborations in the future. “Will you play mas?” we asked. He said, “oh no… maybe I’ll just go on top the truck, yuh know,” he replied coyly.

Undoubtedly a cool, collective and naturally humble person, the artiste who teamed up with fellow reggae artist, Chronnix for the hit single, ‘Who Knows’, says he’s been turned on to the sound of the young female artiste he collaborated with on this latest single. He said Lila Ike has a unique sound that he’s really looking out to hear more of on the circuit as time progresses. He’s also a fan of Chronixx and of course, the new age reggae sensation, Koffee.

Ebuzztt.com spoke in depth with Protoje on several topics of interest, including his hope for his one year old baby girl. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and stay tuned for our IG TV feature with the artist, coming soon.

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No Stopping The Rasta Preacher Now. DJ Khaled Delivers Buju Banton to Even His Detractors.

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The irony. In a world where a man can be entrapped miles away from his home country, detained for near 10 years, released, and return to being an even bigger symbol of power and positivity than he ever was, proves there are no limits. Buju Banton’s fire blazes on.

Internationally acclaimed multi millionaire music mogul, DJ Khaled’s been a close friend and ally of Mark Myrie, the artiste we all fondly refer to as Buju Banton, for some 19 years. Khaled, a US national born to Palestinian parents, has been grounded enough to know the sweet beauty that can often be found in the harsh rubble of ghetto cultured living. It’s no surprise that his latest album release, an honorary tribute to his young son, Asahd, features a few of Jamaica’s best, among them Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji and Mavado.


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Nailah’s Sick! Here’s Why.

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Not in the literal sense.

Nailah Blackman

Ok… ok… let’s clear this up. The soca hottie’s in need of no pill or treatment. Nailah’s perfectly healthy but she’s got a sick ambition that’s almost guaranteed to take her on a whirlwind career adventure. Truth be told, female artistes in the Caribbean’s less structured music industry, often find themselves falling victim to the rigors of their reality. It’s really not as glamorous as they make it look on social media. Nailah Blackman’s however in the running to becoming one of the caribbean’s biggest superstars if she continues to play her cards right.

Here’s why we say that!

  1. Nailah’s got grit. Unlike every other female soca artiste in the business, Nailah’s stuck to her goal of delivering music the people will enjoy year round. She isn’t getting caught up in the politics of the music business, and since she kicked off her career just about two years ago, she’s remained consistent.
  2. She understands the power of Social Media. In a world where social media platforms are ruining lives, perpetuating violence and encouraging gossip and vanity, Nailah’s using it all to her advantage. She’s got her fan accounts, her hashtag game on lock and she’s filling in all the Caribbean entertainment gaps with posts on all the trending platforms, which essentially keeps the buzz on her, constantly.
  3. She’s focused on upping her game. Now, the harsh truth of the entertainment industry is that from the moment you stop trying to be the best, you fall all the way to the back of the class. In the Caribbean especially, the odds are harshly against the rise of female entertainers. For Patrice Roberts, Nailah Blackman, Destra Garcia, Spice, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Nessa Preppy and the lot of gals in the race, consistency and development is imperative. In her short time at the forefront of the music industry, Blackman’s team has secured her placement at the BET Awards, Coachella and other top tiered industry events. She’s been to Jamaica Carnival and several other major Carnival related events worldwide. Truth is, she picked up steam and she has never slowed down.
  4. Nailah’s interested in meaningful collaborations. Maybe she’s a true believer in the Law of Attraction but it seems like this has been working to her advantage. Nailah’s been on a relationship building drive. Her collaborations, in a very short space of time with artistes like Kees, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Sekon Sta and Erphaan Alves, Tarrus Riley and Ding Dong have proven incredibly effective. She’s pretty much been building a catalogue of music that’s unparalleled while at the same time, benefitting from powerful networks. Now, she’s on to creating her debut album, outside of Trinidad and Tobago.
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