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Born in the 80’s but wishing he was birthed in the 60’s, Protoje (Oje Ollivierre) is the fresh face with the freshest lyrical delivery, still having a feel of vintage reggae music but being a suitable update for the present time.
Indeed, Marley’s mantra was to “free the people with music.” Protoje’s mantra is to free the people with art. Music – his appointed contribution to the artistic revolution - is only one of the many distinct art forms. He takes up the mantle of spokesperson for the Movement and represents the evident unity among a large group of talented musical, literary and visual artists who have silently and patiently developed under the radar and are about to march together into a new era of prosperity for all.
Despite being the cousin of regular chart-topping producer, Donovan ‘Don Corleon’ Bennett, Protoje continues to resist the urge to lay his vocals on every other riddim in the dancehall mainstream. Instead, he and Don spent seven months in Don's studio and the result was his debut album, The Seven Year Itch. The album which debuted in teh billboard Reggae top 20, has been hailed by critics worldwide and delivers hits such as Arguments, Dread, JA, Roll and Rasta Love ft, Ky-Mani Marley. Meanwhile, Protoje focuses the rest of his efforts on honing his performance skills. He has performed in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and all over Jamaica.