KINGSTON JAMAICA - Reggae singer Droop Lion, has clearly hitched his wagon to a star for 2013. He started off the year riding high on the acclaim he received at hardcore stage-show Sting in December 2012, and followed it up with yet another memorable performance at the recently-concluded, Follow The Arrow.
Indicating that he was more than ready for the big times, Droop Lion is credited with really getting the star segment of the show started at Follow The Arrow and the crowd showed their fulsome appreciation. As expected, his signature song, Freeway, caused quite a stir, but Droop was able to command the attention of the mixed crowd for his entire 15-minute set. And, having achieved his goal of making local audiences start singing his songs when they hear his name, Droop Lion and his management feel that the time is right for the artiste to spread his wings globally.
Come April 12, the singer with the big voice will hit the road in a meaningful way, as he gears up for his debut European tour which will see him taking centrestage as the opening act for the acclaimed reggae artiste, Capleton. Droop, who has been spending numerous hours in rehearsals, confesses that he is both excited and cautious at the same time.
“Touring is what every artiste dreams of,” he stated, “and I am humbled to know that I will be embarking on my first real tour of Europe as the opening act for a reggae artiste of the caliber of Capleton. In some ways, touring is like facing the unknown…you have to interact with fans, many of whom don’t even speak your language, and that can be a bit daunting. But at the end of the day, music is the universal language and I will be speaking through my songs,” Droop Lion explained.
A quick look at his itinerary shows that the reggae artiste has a tight schedule with all of 13 shows booked between April 12 and April 26, during which time he will be traversing through France and Italy. Among the venues in France for April are La Rodia in Besancon;, Salle Bernard Pfeiffer in Les Arcs; Le Transbordeur in Lyon; - Les Passagers du Zinc in Avignon; Victoire 2 in Montpellier and Le Moulin in Marseille. Italian cities which will host the reggae artiste include Rome, Lecce, Sicily, Milan and Venice.
The tour is on schedule to last for six weeks and will also encompass Austria, Finland, Germany and Holland.
Droop Lion savoured his first taste of success with the single, Freeway, which he followed up with the soothing Pray for Them, a song he says he penned after a flood a few years ago, which saw two men being washed away in the Sandy Gully. Other standout songs in his steadily growing repertoire include Lockdown, a protest song against police brutality, and the thought-provoking Long Way Down.