Protoje Throws Support Behind Manifesto|Jamaica

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Since Manifesto|Jamaica emerged and took a stance in favour of the responsible development of Jamaica's creative industries, much has happened for the organization. Not the least among occurrences is the garnered support of a number of personalities in the arts. One such person is Protoje, the 'JA' and 'Dread' singer/songwriter who is currently having a very positive summer in his musical career.

“I believe in Manifesto|Jamaica because, having seen them in action, I see the passion that they have for art. Some are even artists themselves and the others are genuine appreciators of music and other art forms,” said Protoje, fresh off his recent Caribbean Fashion Week and Reggae Sumfest performances. “I appreciate how hard Manifesto|Jamaica is working to support artists instead of using them. There are many people out there who don’t have any real passion for anything but furthering themselves by exploiting the hardworking artists.”

According to Gavin Hutchinson, one of Manifesto|Jamaica’s directors, Protoje is an ideal example for budding young artists to emulate in Jamaica. “I have had the unique opportunity to observe Protoje’s artistic growth for at least the past seven years,” said Hutchinson. “His complete dedication, devotion and even submission to his music is exactly the type of work ethic that we hope to foster among the endless young Jamaicans who are artistically talented and inclined.”

Other artistes who have endorsed Manifesto|Jamaica include Baby Cham, Tarrus Riley, Tifa and others. The Manifesto|Jamaica Festival of ART’ical Empowerment will be happening at the Edna Manley College over the Heroes’ Strongend (the alternative to “weekend”), October 14-17.

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