The Jamaican singer picks a selection of his favorite tunes, taking classic reggae into the modern age with style.
Born in 1981, Protoje is enamored with both the music and the mindset of classic reggae. But then, music history runs in the family: His mother Lorna Bennett is a reggae icon herself, and his father Michael “Lord Have Mercy” is a former calypso king in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Protoje’s first step into serious involvement in music was his role spearheading the Vendetta Sound System, in cooperation with his cousin Donovan Bennett (who is now better known as the chart-topping producer and label head Don Corleon). Yet Protoje is very much his own man, expanding on the vintage reggae in which his socially conscious music is rooted. On albums like 2015’s Ancient Future, 2016’s Royalty Free and 2018’s A Matter of Time, he can be heard mixing traces of dub and rock along his ever-widening horizon. On this episode of Headphone Highlights, Protoje shares the tunes which most influenced his own sound.