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.”
Leading the militant band – The 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 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 70 million+ views on YouTube.
A man acutely aware of the passage of time, as evident by his previous album titles, Protoje will release his fourth full-length studio album aptly named A MATTER OF TIME, on June 29, 2018. The ten track LP, produced by Winta James, marks the second consecutive album collaboration between the two following the genre-bending Ancient Future, which signaled in 2015 the advent of a fresh reinvention within the reggae space. The duo has now refined their infusion of hip-hop sensibilities and traditional Jamaican sounds on this latest project as A Matter Of Time ventures into new territory as much as it reaches back to it’s roots.
With the inclusion of previously released tracks “Blood Money” (hailed by Jamaican Radio Personality and Pan African Activist Mutaburuka as the number one reggae song of 2017), “Truths & Rights” featuring rising crooner Mortimer, and the fast-rising single “Bout Noon”, much anticipation has hung in the air for the album’s release.
The last brand new single, “No Guarantee” featuring “Who Knows” collaborator Chronixx, released May 18th reaches already 158k views on Youtube in three days and has already been reviewed on Billboard and BBC UK.
It’s just a matter of time before Protoje’s return on stage in Europe, on the festivals stages this summer and for a fall tour !