Protoje and his militant reggae band 'The Indiggnation' are set to grace stages across Europe this summer. The group is credited in Jamaica with having been the lead figures in the movement known as the "Reggae Revival". The term refers to a new wave of passionate and conscious reggae artists on a mission to reawaken the soul of reggae in contemporary culture. It's precisely that spirit that Protoje and his team are looking to spark once again this festival season.
The band will travel to perform in major European cities including Amsterdam, Munich, Rome, Paris and London. He has also been confirmed as an act for the UK's popular BoomTown Fair's this coming August.
Protoje first rose to prominence back in 2005 for his mixtape ‘Lyrical Overdose Volume 1’, featuring mostly Hip Hop influenced songs. Over time his musical style developed into the more familiar reggae vibes we’re used to hearing from him nowadays. Protoje has a rich musical heritage, with his mother being Jamaican singer, Lorna Bennett, best known for her 1972 rendition of "Breakfast in Bed' and his cousin being famous Jamaican producer Don Corleon. In 2014 Protoje was included on BBC Radio 1Xtra's 'Hot for 2015' list and has gained notability from music lovers for a few impressive sets which he has performed at the BBC 1Xtra live lounge which you can view below:
Protoje at the BBC 1Xtra Live Lounge
The artist's most popular single ‘Who Knows’ featuring fellow Reggae artist Chronixx is a soulful and sunny track exploring the beautiful settings of Jamaica. The track also explores philosophical questions about life and exploring the unknown.
On February 2nd 2017, Protoje released a powerful protest track titled "Blood Money". The politically charged single delivered a strong call to action while also addressing some of the economic and social inequalities that persist within his native Jamaica. The artist lucidly delineates the systematic oppression present in Jamaica, and highlights the myriad ways in which many of his people currently struggle. In the chorus of the track he repeats "Blood money runs the nation", directly acknowledging one of the country's most serious corruption problems.
In a recent interview Protoje said: "This song is so socially relevant, people connect to it on first listen. It’s speaking about things that are collectively on all of our minds, that we all want to talk about, and I’m using my voice to bring these topics to the forefront of conversation."
He continued: "With all that is happening in Jamaica, criticism is often one-sided and directed to the have-nots — the people who have less are made to seem like the problem in society. This is unfair, hypocritical, and widely inaccurate. This song seeks to bring about certain conversations, to talk about what is really happening in our society.”
Watch Protoje's "Blood Money"
One can only imagine the kind of indignation and action that such tracks can stir, and as ever we'll be there to bring you the latest from behind the scenes in the UK leg of Protoje's European tour. Some of the key dates of his UK leg are listed below:
UK Tour Dates
Friday 5th May - Manchester Gorilla
Saturday 6th May - Sheffield 02 Academy2
Sunday 7th May - Glasgow 02 ABC
Monday 8th May - Leeds Wardrobe
Tuesday 9th May - Birmingham 02 Institute
Wednesday 10th May - Bristol 02 Academy
Thursday 11th May - Brighton Concorde 2
Friday 12th May - London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
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