Oje Ken Ollivierre aka PROTOJE
There is an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica as industry experts and observers agree that Protoje is playing an important role in what is becoming known as the Revival. Not only has he been endorsed by the legendary Bob Andy, one of the premier songwriters in Reggae’s rich history; also, noted local journalist, Mel Cooke, qualified the artist’s impact with the headline, “…Protoje speaks
Leading the militant band, Indiggnation, this powerful songwriter and philosophical thinker articulates the righteous anger of an emerging generation. Protoje reports for duty, re-establishing the standard for the decaying art of socially responsible, mentally stimulating lyricism. Protoje has toured extensively since 2010 gaining recognition every step of the way and admiration for his disciplined approach to his musical career.
Of his debut album, The Seven Year Itch, David Rodigan declared in an interview: “I’m particularly impressed with the album… which I think is very refreshing.” Meanwhile, Reggaeville.com declared it the #3 album of the year 2011. His song RASTA LOVE featuring Ky-Mani Marley gained popularity around the world, as well as DREAD, JA and NO LIPSTICK. RASTA LOVE which featured Ky-Mani Marley was a major hit all over the world and has garnered over 10 Million views on youtube. This song as well as the other releases have all appeared on iTunes Charts all Protoje was voted as Song Writer of 2011 by the prestigious German based Riddim Magazine and it’s readers voted him as Best New Comer of 2011. In January, 2013, Protoje was featured on the cover of the prestigious European Reggaeville 2012 year in review magazine issue, while the equally prestigious German Riddim Magazine featured the his album “The 8 Year Affair” as the album of their January issue, and his single “Kingston Be Wise” as the Song of the said Issue. He was also privileged to gain the cover of the November Publication of Riddim Magazine. You can listen to The 8 Year Affair album tracks at: https://soundcloud.com/protoje/sets/t8ya
Now that the proverbial itch has been scratched, Protoje has embarked on an affair. His second album called “The 8 Year Affair” has been released since February 12th, 2013. The album has charted in the top 10 of several iTunes reggae charts since its release, including the USA, UK, FRANCE, GERMANY, SPAIN, SWITZERLAND, IRELAND, FiNLAND and LUXEMBOURG, and it has received many accolades and positive reviews from magazines such as Riddim Magazine, Reggaeville and United Reggae as well as personalities such as internationally famous radio DJ David Rodigan from London BBC Xtra.
Within a week of The 8 Year Affair release, the Billboard affiliated ‘Next Big Sound” chart listed Protoje at #4. According to the official website, ‘Next Big Sound’ measures “the fastest accelerating artists during the past week, across all major social music sites, statistically predicted to achieve future success.”
Protoje’s sophomore effort was also listed at #5 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart after the first week of release. By this measure of success, The 8 Year Affair has surpassed the impact of its predecessor, The 7 Year Itch, but this is icing on the cak for the singer who declares, “I’m just making music from my heart, not music for the charts” on the album’s final track, ‘Music From My Heart.’
Protoje has performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas (March 2012) and at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in California (June 2013). Summer 2013 also included a 12-country European festival tour, including performances at the two largest Reggae festivals i Europe, Rototom Sunsplash in Spain and Summerjam in Germany.