Black History Inspirations: Protoje Shares Playlist Of Songs That Celebrate Cultural Heritage

Chance Nkosi Gomez


As part of Billboard's Black History Month celebration, we've asked Black artists spanning all genres to compile their own unique playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. Each song they've chose represents their love for the culture across the diaspora -- from childhood favorites to songs that make them feel free. Today, reggae artist Protoje shares his soundtrack.

"It's always important to celebrate Black History, as there are many people that deserve to be recognized year round. Being from Jamaica, the birthplace of Marcus Garvey, I'll always feel like [the political leader] should be highlighted a lot more. He is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in Black History," Protoje says. "I also owe a lot of my philosophies and learned a lot about my history from [Guyanese political activist] Walter Rodney, who was eventually banned from re-entering Jamaica years before his assassination [in 1980]."

Protoje’s fourth album A Matter Of Time was recently nominated for best reggae album this year's Grammys. The artist celebrated its release with a sold-out concert at Kingston's Hope Gardens ahead of a slew of tour dates.

Listen to his playlist below.


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