Protoje and The Indiggnation, today’s most popular reggae artists are set to do a concert in Addis Ababa on July 29, 2017. Organized by EML events, the company that brought Chronnix to fans is now bringing these two artists for the highly anticipated concert.
Protoje first gained notice with his 2005 mixtape Lyrical Overdose Volume 1, featuring mostly hip hop-influenced songs. With a guest appearance by Busy Signal, however, his future career was leveled as a reggae and dancehall artist. In 2010, Protoje began working with Don Corleon Records, run by his cousin and popular Jamaican producer Don Corleon.
After releasing “Dread”, “JA” and “Roll” in 2010, Protoje’s debut album, entitled The Seven Year Itch, was released on 25 January 2011. The first single off the album, dubbed “Arguments” (2009), was responsible for his early popularity in Jamaica. In 2011, he released another single off the album entitled “Rasta Love” featuring Ky-Mani Marley.
His second album, The 8 Year Affair, was released 12 February 2013. “Who Dem a Program” was the first single released from the album in January 2012, with “This Is Not a Marijuana Song” following mid-year. “Kingston Be Wise” was heavily promoted via traditional and social media. On the day of its release, 5 November 2012, the music video became the most viewed YouTube link among Internet users in Jamaica. The hashtag #KBW was used on Twitter.
The song “Kingston Be Wise”, a remake of Ini Kamoze’s song “England be nice”, was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto V on the in-game “Blue Ark” radio station, increasing its popularity further and making an international name for the reggae artist. Protoje cited reggae artist Ini Kamoze and group Black Uhuruas influences when recording the album.
Entrance for the concert that will be held at the Laphto Mall will be 300 birr for early bird, 500 birr for regular and 700 birr for VIP.