Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Chronixx hails reggae as music of T&T as he wows in concert

Photo courtesy: Jermaine Cruickshank

Photo courtesy: Jermaine Cruickshank

Trinidad and Tobago is known as soca and calypso country but for most of the year, outside of the Carnival season, urban radio stations blast reggae and dancehall music non-stop.

Chronixx acknowledged the love the country has for the Jamaican export in the early hours of Saturday morning when he declared reggae the music of T&T.

“It is the music of the people,” he said.

With the large crowd at Skinner Park singing every word to his large catalogue of music, Chronixx was clearly blown away.

He wrote on his Instagram account following the show, that he never saw anything like it before.

“Look at our show in Trinidad 🇹🇹? Never felt anything like this before 🔥🔥🔥...the people sing the whole set with me word for word....thanks trinidad!! Forever blessed to have you on this journey."

The 25-year-old clearly felt the vibe emanating through the ganja fog in Skinner Park as he performed for over two hours, delivering hits from his past EPs and his first full-length album Chronology.

From Chronology he sang “Skanking Sweet”, “Smile Jamaica”, “Spanish Town Rocking”, the Coldplay inspired “I Can”, Black is Beautiful”, “Majesty” and “Likes” among others.

His earlier releases were gobbled up by his fans, among them “They Don’t Know”, “Eternal Fire”, “Ain’t No Giving In” and “Here Comes Trouble”. Fans were happily surprised when fellow reggae star Protoje walked out for their collaboration “Who knows”.

Marlon Asher: Photo Jermaine Cruickshank

It was a true family affair as guest acts also included Chronicle, Chronixx’ father who is featured on the track “Big Band Sound”. Kabaka Pyramid, another up and coming reggae singer, also appeared on stage with Chronixx for the song “Mi Alright” with Eesah joining him for “Roots and Chalice”.

Also appearing on stage with Chronixx was drummer and dancer Hector Lewis who led the singer in the famous rasta man wheel out dance.

Chronixx was backed by his band ZincFence Redemption which impressed with its musicality.

Prophet Benjamin. Photo: Jermaine Cruickshank

The One Heart Caribbean concert kicked off just over an hour after the advertised time of 10 pm but once it got underway, proceedings moved swiftly with no lulls between opening acts.

The show opened with Freetown Collective whose performance was hampered by sound system issues.

Marlon Asher showcased a wider catalogue than he is known for but the song everyone expected to hear, Ganja Farmer, was just teased as he rushed off stage. His performance included a freestyle from Orlando Octave.

Prophet Benjamin, who has been making a name for himself in soca, returned to his reggae roots and peppered his performance with calls for the legalisation of marijuana.

He even did a remake of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking of You” replacing the lyrics with calls to legalise the herb.

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