Fans should expect to see reggae dancehall sensation Blasto on the big screen after he landed a huge movie role in the US. The shooting started on Saturday.
The movie, King of Newark, starring celebrity Brooklyn rapper Maino, Harlem rapper Vado as well as Jojo Simmons Jnr—son to rap mogul Rev Run—will see Blasto launch his career as an actor.
In a telephone interview, Blasto said the opportunities that he has found during the trip could be his breakthrough.
“This means a lot to me, there is so much I am learning from all this. I hope this experience will prepare me to be even a better artist,” said Blasto.
Blasto went to the US in February where he performed at concerts and held talks in high schools to raise money for Operation Smile, an organisation that performs free surgeries in middle and low-income countries including Malawi.
Blasto is a two-time nominee in the Mumas but has earned recognition in US, UK and Jamaica with his music available on Amazon, iTunes and electronic music outlets.
Commenting on the response to his music in the US, the Jah Nuh Sleep artist said it had been overwhelming, while revealing he would be on the road for a couple of months.
Blasto performed at Rock Smile Concert in Virginia Beach before opening for Legendary Freeway Philly in New Jersey. He is also set to perform with Freeway in New York on April 15.
“It was after my performance from Virginia Beach and when we flew back to New Jersey, my link Ghassan Kraytem thought my sound was worth bringing to the Freeway show and he made it happen,” Blasto said.
Not only is he touring, making movies but he is working on new music.
“We are pretty busy with all this plus recording of new material. Going for a session with New Jersey top Rapper Robbie Maxxie on Friday,” he disclosed.
He promises big things this year following his stint in the USA where he says he has learnt better ways to approach and market his music. – Mpho Musowa