Protoje (Oje Ken Ollivierre) is from Jamaican reggae aristocracy, his mother being none other than Lorna Bennett (‘Breakfast in Bed’) and his father ‘Calypso king’ and recognised sports coach Michael Ollivierre aka Lord Have Mercy. Quite a pedigree. After the weird orchestral beginning, the ten tracks on Protoje’s fourth album ‘A Matter of Time’ are varied in pace and style. Some, like ‘Lessons’, are melodic and thoughtful, while the two tracks featuring Chronixx are faster and sharper, with guitar and the influence of both dancehall and hip-hop very evident. On ‘Blood Money’, which has been around for a while, the political critique is more explicit and other tracks, such as ‘Mind of a King’ are good old-school reggae, tuneful and, toward the end, getting a little dubby. Following through his recorded success, Protoje has broken into the festival circuit and this album will cement his reputation and leave his followers wanting more.
Protoje: A Matter of Time, released 29th June 2018 (CD and digital), 3rd August (vinyl) on Mr Bongo records