Protoje

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Protoje
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Protoje at Chiemsee Reggae Summer 2013
Background information
Birth nameOje Ken Ollivierre
Also known asOje
Born(1981-06-14) June 14, 1981 (age 33)
OriginSaint Elizabeth, Jamaica
GenresReggae
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, deejay
Years active2009–present
Websiteprotoje.com
 
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Protoje
2013-08-25 Chiemsee Reggae Summer - Protoje 6795.JPG
Protoje at Chiemsee Reggae Summer 2013
Background information
Birth nameOje Ken Ollivierre
Also known asOje
Born(1981-06-14) June 14, 1981 (age 33)
OriginSaint Elizabeth, Jamaica
GenresReggae
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, deejay
Years active2009–present
Websiteprotoje.com

Oje Ken Ollivierre (born June 14, 1981), popularly known as Protoje, is a contemporary reggae singer and songwriter from Jamaica. His mother is Jamaican singer, Lorna Bennett, best known for her 1972 rendition of "Breakfast In Bed". His father is a former Calypso king from the island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Music career[edit]

In 2010, Protoje began working with Don Corleon Records, run by his cousin[1] and popular Jamaican producer Don Corleon.[2] After releasing "Dread", "JA" and "Roll" in 2010, Protoje's debut album, entitled The Seven Year Itch, was released on January 25, 2011. The first single off the album dubbed "Arguments" (2009) was responsible for his early popularity in Jamaica. In 2011, he released another single off the album entitled "Rasta Love" featuring Ky-Mani Marley. "The Seven Year Itch" charted no. 2 in Canada, no. 3 in the USA and no. 4 in France.[citation needed]

His second album, The 8 Year Affair, was released February 12, 2013. "Who Dem A Program" was the first single released from the album in January 2012. "This Is Not A Marijuana Song" was released on that summer. "Kingston Be Wise" was heavily promoted via traditional and social media. On the day of its release, November 5, 2012, the music video became the most viewed YouTube link among internet users in Jamaica.[citation needed] The hashtag #KBW was used on Twitter. Protoje cited reggae artist Ini Kamoze and group Black Uhuru as influences when recording the album.[3]

His third album Ancient Future is set for release in September 2014.[4]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henry, Krista (2011-03-28). "All in the family - Cousins Protoje, Don Corleon share their love for music". Jamaica Star. 
  2. ^ Bishop, Marlon (2013). "5 Dancehall Producers Dropping Fire". MTV Iggy. 
  3. ^ Saxon Baird (07.01.2013). "Protoje: Reviving Reggae in Jamaica". Afropop Worldwide. 
  4. ^ Dyer, Deidre (2014) "Interview: Protoje on the Reggae Roots Revival and His Low-Key Love of Pop Music", The Fader, July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014

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