PROTOJE’S “8 YEAR AFFAIR” IS HERE
Kingston, Jamaica: His name is Protoje. Recently a rising star, now risen and veritably poised to be hailed as Reggae royalty in the making. His lyrics are haunting and the music that carries them, absolutely infectious. February heralds the arrival of Protoje’s sophomore album, The 8 Year Affair. According to the artiste, this follow up toThe 7 Year Itch is about the expectations and challenges that often accompany growth and success.
The energy of The 8 Year Affair, which is masterfully produced by Donovan “Don Corleon” Bennett, is reminiscent of Reggae in the early eighties, when ‘hotsteppers’ like Ini Kamoze, Sly & Robbie and Black Uhuru were running the business. When asked about the album’s signature and what listeners can anticipate, Protoje commented, “the sound is much better than the first album. We explored some different themes on this one also.”
Sharing her sentiments toward the album, committed Protoje proponent DJ Sparks described The 8 Year Affair as, “the story of a personal progression that clearly reflects his journey since The 7 Year Itch. The only constants between the two albums are his fine story-telling, solid beats and his ability to draw you into his perspective. “
The 8 Year Affair takes listeners on a journey of many moods, with songs that speak directly to the human condition, making it a relatable and resonant work of Art. Protoje’s vision for his music is to inspire people to ask more questions and be more vocal. “I want the songs to make people think. At the same time, it’s a very relaxed vibe. Nothing over 80 beats per minute.”
Protoje will be hosting a listening session for The 8 Year Affair that is open to everyone who wants to hear, free of cost, at Tuff Gong Studios on February 12 at 8pm. Later in the month, on February 23, Protoje and The InDiggnation will perform The 8 Year AffairLive from the Capital City. Tessanne Chin, Chris Watts, Romain Virgo and Toi will also make appearances, as they are featured on The 8 Year Affair. The Edna Manley College’s Music School is the host venue for this occasion. Show time is 8pm and the cover charge is $1000.
If you’re not familiar with the movement being hailed as the “Reggae Revival,” February is an ideal month to experience it in its element.