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Protoje scratches the '7 Year Itch'

Published:Friday | January 28, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Krista Henry, Staff Reporter

After a seven-year journey filled with consistent writing, building his craft, hard work and dedication to release his debut album, singjay Protoje could only give thanks when he made his way on stage at the launch of 7 Year Itch.

The launch, held at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road on Tuesday, featured a soft-spoken singjay who did his best to give thanks to all those who supported him throughout his journey which started seven years ago.

"I give thanks to everyone who came out to share this moment wid me. It took a long time to reach this point," Protoje said.

Taking a moment to ask people to support the arts, the singjay made mention of other acts like himself who he believed were worthy of that support. Acts such as Jah 9, No-Maddz, Raging Fyah, I-Octane, Romain Virgo among others.

The singjay soon graced the staged to give a lyrically worthy performance with his backing band Indiggnation. Starting out with the title track The Seven Year Itch, he moved to known hits such as JA, Argument, Dread, Rasta Love before closing with Wrong Side of the Law, to loud applause.

Prior to the appearance of Protoje, the launch was in full swing with Trisha 'ZJ Sparks' Spence as emcee. Sparks pointed out that reggae music was far from dead, with Protoje's album currently holding the number-four position on the iTunes Reggae Charts.

Wealth of depth

According to Sparks, the album, like the artiste, has a wealth of depth. She said Protoje did not choose to use the influence of his cousin, popular producer Don Corleon. Sparks also pointed out that Protoje is the son of singer Lorna Bennett, but he did not use that influence to make his way in the industry either.

"He's a good songwriter, and has a very, very solid team and solid material, solid talent," she said.

Music stalwart Dennis Howard gave his review of the album saying, "I have about five hit songs on this particular album. All 13 tracks are great tracks, not okay, not all right, but great tracks."

For Howard, the title song is autobiographical, philosophical and pure entertainment. He ended his speech by saying, "Protoje will be one of our great artistes."

Outside of buying a physical copy of Protoje's new album, the 7 Year Itch can also be purchased online at iTunes.