The big reggae artiste you didn’t know has Vincentian roots

His real name is Oje Ken Ollivierre and he is a well-known reggae artiste from Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica.

According to Last FM, his mother is Jamaican singer, Lorna Bennett and his father is a Mike Mercy Ollivierre, a former Calypso king in St. Vincent & the Grenadines who goes by the stage name “Lord Have Mercy”.

Protoje as he is called is known for some of the biggest contemporary reggae hits, including; “Who Knows ft. Chronixx”, “Blood Money” and “Rasta Love ft. Ky-Mani Marley”.

Renowned Vincentian athletics coach and calypsonian, Mike Ollivierre confirmed that Protoje was his son in a messenger interview from his official account on April 22nd, 2018.

Mike Ollivere
Renowned Vincentian Coach and Calypsonian – Mike Ollivierre, Protoje’s father

In a 2015 interview, Protoje told billboard that his lyrical prowess was “partially developed… by listening to calypso many years ago, at the urging of his father Mike Ollivierre, a former calypso king of St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.

protoje and family
R-L: Mike Ollivierre (Right), Protoje (Center-right), Protoje’s Sister (Center-left) and his mom and manger – Lorna Bennett (Left)

According to DigJamaica, Protoje’s mother, Lorna Bennett is also his manager. She was a reggae singer in the 1970s and is best known for the hit Breakfast In Bed.

In 2015, the singer’s album, Ancient Future, reached number one on the billboard charts for the reggae genre.

Protoje performed LIVE in Kingstown, St. Vincent in 2015 in front of a large audience and was well received.

By: Demion McTair

Editor

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