Protoje & The Indiggnation – Jamaica’s Contemporary Reggae Revival

Many Jamaicans I spoke to in Jamaica recently reminisced to me about the good ole days of conscious roots reggae music. They also complained about the new generation of dancehall.  I think those Jamaicans would approve of Protoje and his band The Indiggnation.


Protoje’s 2013 album The 8 Year Affair, turned out to be the best contemporary reggae album I bought home with me from Jamaica.  This is the music I went to Jamaica looking for.

The 8 Year Affair (2013)

To my ears it is simply sweet, tasty reggae music – infused with some subtle elements of dub, hip hoppop, and even a violin on one track.

Protoje’s lyrics are of the conscious kind that those Jamaicans (and I) are looking for. One of the tracks is Reggae Revival – an ode to reggae music from those ‘good ole days’ featuring another great contemporary Jamaican artist Romain Virgo.

Protoje & Romain Virgo - Reggae Revival -



In these past weeks post Jamaica and Colombia, The 8 Year Affair has had the most listens out of my entire bag of new CDs. I love it to bits – and Protoje has gone on to my list of ‘must have live music experiences’.  You’ll probably feel the same if you’re into reggae.

Protoje - Kingston Be Wise -

Who Dem a Program - Protoje

Reggae fans in Europe in October and November can check out Protoje & The Indiggnation live on their Fall Tour.

Protoje - Music From My Heart Tour Poster -

If not in Europe, find Protoje & The Indiggnation live where you can – I will be.  In the meantime get hold of The 8 Year Affair and the previous Protoje album The 7 Year Itch.

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