There is an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica, and industry experts and observers agree that Protoje, born Oje Ken Ollivierre, is playing an important role in what has become known as the “Reggae Revival.”
Protoje has successfully released three studio albums: his debut album THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (2010), THE 8 YEAR AFFAIR (2013) which spawned the hits Rasta Love ft Ky-Mani Marley, and Kingston Be Wise which featured on the soundtrack for the video game Grand Theft Auto; and ANCIENT FUTURE (2015) which featured the international hit Who Knows ft Chronixx which topped charts worldwide and has amassed over 50 million+ views on YouTube.
February 2017 saw the release of Protoje’s hit single Blood Money. The politically-charged track, written by Protoje and produced by Ancient Future collaborator Winta James, dominated the airwaves and dancehalls, and became an instant topic of conversation due to the lyrical potency of the song. Blood Money was selected by Jamaican Radio Personality and Pan African Activist Mutaburuka as the number one reggae song of 2017.
Protoje has sold out headline UK, US, and European tours. He is a firm favourite at festival’s throughout the world, performing at the likes of Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Boomtown, Summer Jam, Musa, Esperanzah, Afro-Punk, and Canada’s Pemberton Music Festival. Many appearances were broadcast on national television and have set things up for a huge 2018.
Protoje released his new single “Bout Noon” on February, 23rd 2018. Produced by Winta James and Lamont “Monty” Savory, “Bout Noon” is confirmed on Protoje’s upcoming fourth studio album to be released by In.Digg.Nation Collective/Overstand Entertainment under license to Mr Bongo & Easy Star Records.
On June 29th, 2018, Protoje released his fourth studio album, A Matter Of Time, on Easy Star Records. With this album, Protoje continues his creative partnerships with long-time producer Winta James and fellow roots king Chronixx, who is featured on two of the album’s tracks. A Matter Of Time soared straight to the top of Billboard’s Reggae Album chart during its first week of release. This is the second time Protoje has hit the top position on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart (with Ancient Future in 2015).
Critics are raving about A Matter Of Time:
“…balances ambition and tradition…opens with a pleasing curveball: the ornate textures of a James Bond score…similar flourishes are all over A Matter of Time” – ROLLING STONE
”…remarkable, truly progressive reggae album…” – BILLBOARD
“…rich, varied and digestible on several levels…a perfect summer release.” ★★★★ – INDEPENDENT
NEWS ABOUT PROTOJE
He has been called many things before. Singer, songwriter. Pioneer. A driving force behind important creative shifts in Jamaica. Perpetual student of music. Philosopher, mentor, brother. Miss B son. If there were a thousand ways to [...]
Protoje returns with Chronixx for their first on-screen visual since the massive 2014 anthem "Who Knows," which has garnered close to 80 million Youtube views. The duo reunite in Port Royal, Jamaica for [...]