A new wave of Roots Reggae and Reggae Fusion Artists has been popping up in Jamaica in recent years, making a change in the playing field and pleasing listeners. With the Reggae Revival introducing us to Artists like Protoje, Jesse Royal and Jah9, not only are we listening to some great music, but we have new platforms to enjoy them. One member of the new wave, Leno Banton, has been leaving a mark at every point in his journey as an Artist. 13th Street Promotions recently reached out to Leno to know more about his musical journey, the REM Collective, meeting Protoje, and how his legendary Father influenced his sound.
Words by @SwadeDaVillain
13thStreetPromotions: We’ve finally met up and got an Interview! A 13th Street Promotions x Leno Banton link took too long to happen. Bless up! For those who are new here, who is the Artist known as Leno Banton?
13thSP: Even though you’re a newcomer, the journey to getting here must’ve been a long one. Tell us about how you got your start.
13thSP: As an Artist, the aim is to bring a fresh or even an upgraded take on the genre of Music you’re pursuing, describe your sound and what makes it differ from the next person.
13thSP: It’s noted that you’re the son of Legendary Dancehall Artist Burro Banton. With the Father being absent in many homes, it’s good to know that he is present in your life. As the “Young Banton”, how much of an influence was he in your journey as a Recording Artist?
13thSP: You gave us plenty music including last year’s “REM SZN” Mixtape, what are your favourite recordings, and who are your favourite Producers to work with?
13thSP: You started a Vlog series recently, and you mentioned meeting Protoje who happens to be one of your favourite Artists. What was that experience like meeting and conversing with him?
13thSP: Since your debut on the music scene, you brought along your Rapid Eye Movement Collective (or REM Collective). Tell us about the movement and where do you see the movement going in a few years.
13thSP: Lastly, What’s next for Leno Banton?