Chronixx sizzles on stage at Kingston stop of Chronology Tour
Chronixx performs at Mass Camp in Kingston on Friday night. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)
Chronixx brought a potpourri of souls to Mass Camp in Kingston on Friday evening for his Chronology Tour concert and kept them captive with titillating music.
Patrons left the venue in the wee hours of Saturday morning, in awe of a stellar performance.
The young reggae artiste gave the sold-out venue hits after hits from his expanding catalogue, including from his latest released, critically-acclaimed album, ‘Chronology’.
Chronixx did a bit of everything during his performance – he sang, deejayed, danced, lectured and joked for the appreciative audience comprised of individuals of different races, ages and social and economic strata of the Jamaican society, as well as visitors from overseas.
His nearly two-and-a-half-hour set also had him drawing from past and present entertainers for inspiration, with most of these coming from the 1980s to early 1990s, when the 25-year-old would not have been born or was just a toddler.
During his act, he constantly reminded the crowd that he was born and raised in the volatile community of Spanish Town, specifically Dela Vega City.
He also blended his own performance with that of other artistes including Jah9, Protoje, Ravers Clavers and his father Chronicle, in a set that flowed smoothly from start to finish.
He performed ‘Hardcore’ with Jah9, ‘Who Knows’ with Protoje and ‘Big Bad Sound’ with father Chronicle who was the only guest to get a second song, a relatively unknown fun collaboration between the two.
Ravers Clavers joined him for his signature song from the ‘Chronology’ album, ‘Likes’, and performed the accompanying dance.
Chronixx, dressed in a white shirt with black stripes, a black jean pants and a black and white sneakers and hair tied in a bun, started his act from backstage at about 11:45 pm with the crowd cheering.
After appearing, he gave the crowd ‘Ain’t No Giving In’ and ‘They Don’t Know’ to which he asked the crowd to sing with him and they obliged. He would then give a Rastaman greeting during which he told audience members that ‘queens’ are the centre of all creations, before launching into ‘Queen Majesty’.
He then delivered ‘Black Is Beautiful’, ‘I Can’ and ‘Skankin’ Sweet’, during which he took the opportunity to pull his locks before doing ‘Smile Jamaica’ and ‘Capture Land’. He would then introduce ‘Ghetto Paradise’ by telling the crowd that although Jamaica is nice, they must still live to save a life.
In a section in which he called history lesson, he started with his own ‘Spanish Town Rocking’ during which he showed his versatility by deejaying, and singing Tracy Chapman’s Sorry and Barrington Levy’s ‘Prison Oval Rock’, on the same rhythm.
With the crowd lapping up the performance, he then instructed his backing band, Zinc Fence Redemption to change to the ‘Taxi Riddim’ and he deejayed Buju Banton’s ‘Driver’, bringing the audience further glee, before changing back to the original rhythm and ‘Spanish Town Rocking’.
At this stage, Protoje, who had performed a full set earlier, returned for ‘Who Knows’, with the ladies screaming on his reentry to the stage.
Chronixx told the crowd that many people are known for one song before telling them that VC’s one well known song, ‘His Deeds’ might be better than any song that he has ever done. He started the first verse of that song, before launching into ‘Loneliness’ and afterwards worked the crowd into ecstasy with ‘Warrior’.
‘Nah Follow Nobody’ would come next, after which he took Yellow Man’s ‘nobody move, nobody get hurt line’ and started Super Cat’s ‘Nuff Man A Dead’. He asked the crowd if they wanted him to “mash up inna now” and, when they gave him the affirmative, he deejayed an original lyric in recently incarcerated Ninja Man’s 1980s stammer-sounding style. The crowd loved it.
Chronixx would then take the line, “Gal a bend up inna nine and inna 10” from another incarcerated deejay, Vybz Kartel’s ‘Buck Up Inna’, before telling the crowd about his own blend-up juice, before singing ‘Spurlina, which had the crowd in stitches.
He would mellow the mood again, by doing ‘Sell My Gun’ and ‘Curtains’, which he had to restart, after the crowd went wild.
After Zinc Fence Redemption started the instrumentals to his monster hit ‘Likes’, he stopped them to talk to the crowd, before calling up Ravers Clavers for them to perform together.
He would then deliver ‘Legend’ before telling the audience that he doesn’t eat many things that are sold outside his home and, because he was hungry, it was time to go home to eat, triggering rounds of laughter.
Chronixx closed his solid set at 2:20 am with ‘Like A Whistle’. See photo highlights in slider below.