Roots-reggae star Chronixx believes his appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday presents an opportunity for reggae to break into new territories.
Chronixx, who makes his debut appearance on the NBC network’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallontomorrow night, has been on a steady rise courtesy of a stream of hits that include BehindCurtain and Here Comes Trouble.
“This is now a thing that is giving us, as a group of youth, an opportunity so that we are no longer reggae artistes stuck in the reggae industry, but reggae artistes and cultural artistes who can now branch out and can be highlighted on a world stage,” said the entertainer, who will become the first reggae artiste to appear on the show since Fallon took over from Jay Leno in February. “It is something that we pray and beg God for everyday, and slowly, but surely, Jah answers the prayers of the righteous. So we give thanks and praise for an opportunity like this.”
Always one to pay homage to those who came before him, Chronixx said the foundation laid by some of the great bands of the past has helped present-generation musicians. “Now we are seeing the fruits of the Third Worlds and the Black Uhurus. Our generation is now reaping those fruits,” said Chronixx, who delivered an outstanding set at Reggae Sumfest, that concluded over the weekend.
The appearance will come just days before the entertainer’s highest-profile concert to date, when he headlines the Largeup Inaugural Central Park Summer Concert on July 26. The concert is being presented with Okayplayer, Federation Sound and Rice&Peas, and will also feature reggae icon Junior Reid.
Last week, Fallon made reference to Chronixx’s upcoming appearance on the show. “Next Tuesday, we have a performance from this guy, Chronixx. He’s from Jamaica. He’s awesome. They say he could be the next Marley,” Fallon said to wild applause. “You’re gonna love him. I promise.”
Two-week 10-city tour
Meantime, Chronixx recently completed a two-week 10-city tour along the US East coast that included performances in Queens; Manhattan; Burlington; Martha’s Vineyard; New Haven; Philadelphia; Washington DC; Atlanta; and Providence, Rhode Island. He was being seen for the first time in a number of these venues and, according to his handlers, he was very well received.
“The tour was good,” said Brendan ‘Barnes’ Sharpe, a member of the artiste’s management team. “The reception was good. The supporters came out in numbers. We did mostly 750- to 2000-capacity venues. It our first time in Atlanta, Vermont and Burlington, and it was wonderful. We have to give thanks for that.”
He said they were looking forward to the appearance on TheTonight Show, so they can represent the people of Jamaica.
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Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta has urged controversial deejay Alkaline to be careful of the messages that he is sending to minors especially as it relates to taboo sexual practices. This he did in a new single called ‘Nah Bad’.
Tommy Lee who received his fair share of criticism courtesy of iconic dancehall artiste Bounty Killer for using the moniker ‘Uncle Demon’ in his lyrics, is now the one seeking to straighten out another aspiring dancehall act.
According to the deejay, who told the audience at Sting that he has had a change of heart since his near fatal accident, Alkaline’s practice of encouraging taboo sexual practices can be more harmful to children than using the fictitious moniker ‘Uncle Demon’.
“Mi just a correct him, mi nah dis him. Mi a mek him know sey him fi fix up him argument. If mi wah dis him; mi wi dis him, mi nuh fraid fi duh dat. Mi just feel like di youth dem nuffi a hear dem thing deh … . A nuh nothing if yu sey yu a Uncle Demon, that is just a made-up character. But when yu a guh sey gyal fi lick out bottom a nastiness dat, and that is physical. How yu wudda feel fi see a likkle pickney a duh dat? Mi just a correct him … . I never said I didn’t want to be corrected when Bounty speak against Uncle Demon, because a di right thing him did a sey. It was the disrespect that came with his opinion that got me upset,” Tommy Lee Sparta said.
According to the deejay who has songs featured in internationally renowned video game Grand Theft Auto, he does not want the children to be led in the wrong path where sexuality is concerned. Tommy Lee Sparta was making reference to Alkaline’s single Touch You, in which he endorsed anal stimulation using the tongue.
“Mi just return from tour and mi life comfortable mi nuh haffi a stress out myself. Mi just a sey certain action weh mek di pickney dem think sey it right – mi just sit back and a watch the business from wah day and mi decide fi fix it. Mi nuh care bout nuh man feelings,” Tommy Lee Sparta said.
The deejay is getting strong attention for his recent UIM Records-produced singles Whine Up and Dream, which have received over 300,000 views on YouTube.
Alkaline’s publicist Kereen Beckford told The STAR that they are not aware of Tommy Lee’s song and are therefore unable to give a comment.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Popcaan and Agent Sasco were well received as they took Dancehall Night to the final band change at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre Friday morning.
Popcaan scored with his trademark hits Ravin and Only Man She Want, among others, with the singjay taking time out to pay tribute to incarcerated deejays Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton during his set.
Meanwhile, lyricist Agent Sasco held the strong audience spellbound with a workmanlike performance skilfully mixing old school and current tunes.He performed selections like Don’t Make Me Hold You, No Worry Bout Bad Mind People, Wha do Dem Guy Deh, Anyway Me Go, Late, and Hand to Mouth.
Shortly after 3:30 am acts left to perform included Busy Signal, Aidonia, Alkaline, Bounti Killa and I Octane.
FAST-RISING, roots reggae act Chronixx is set to perform on the The Tonight Show aired on American network NBC, next Tuesday.
The show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, is set to see the young Jamaican singer performing alongside his Zinc Fence Redemption Band.
Chronixx — who is booked to perform at Reggae Sumfest tonight — will be using the late- night TV performance as a cap for the US leg of his Dread and Terrible Tour, which got under way on May 25.
The tour has seen Chronixx performing in Florida, New York, Virginia, Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maryland. There are two stops to go on the US tour — Georgia, and a closing concert in New York’s Central Park, next Saturday, July 26.
The Dread and Terrible Tour will head for the summer festivals in Europe during August into early September.
Chronixx is set for gigs in Belgium, Germany, France, Croatia, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, Slovenia, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Norway, and Denmark. The European leg of the tour closes on September 6.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Female singjay Tifa reeled off hit after hit pleasing her many fans on Dancehall Night at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay, St James Thursday.
The skimpily clad dancehall diva raised eye brows as she entered the stage wearing a gas mask.
But gas mask aside the talented Tifa needed no props to captivate the Sumfest crowd with selections including Dash Out, Tek It Back and Man a Wife Me Up.
She was preceded by Kalado who did a good set featuring songs such as You Make Me, Good Good Bring Life, We a Pree Money and Bad Inna Bed.
Also billed on Dancehall Night are stalwarts such a Ninja Man, Bounty Killa, and Vegas as well as Papcaan, Alkaline and Busy Signal.
Viral video by Ding Dong performing Mi Waan Know. © 2014 Y-Not Productions – Future Troubles Riddim