Just as the Jamaican moment on last year’s BET Awards ignited buzz in Jamaica and on social media, last night’s Chronixx debut on America’s popular NBC’s ‘Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’, lit a ‘bonfyah’ as an excited Fallon rightfully proclaimed ‘Jamaica is swelling with pride right now’.
The young griot dressed in black accented by Rasta colours on his crown, gracefully commanded the stage, camera and audience in a live performance of ‘Here Comes Trouble’ featured on his Dread and Terrible EP which he thoughtfully mixed with verses from Jesse Royal’s ‘Modern Day Judas’ and Jah 9’s ‘Reverence’.
All three songs from three of Jamaica’s brightest new Reggae stars were produced on the Rootsman riddim by Winta James for Overstand Productions with Royal’s track recently enjoying 4 weeks at #1 on Jamaican charts.
Chronixx continues his steady roll to the Reggae stratasphere with another strategic performance ahead of his show this weekend in Central Park alongside Junior Reid and the Rice & Peas Crew. Kudos to Chronixx’s management team for the work being done to connect the dots in his journey and to the artiste for always including others in his journey.
The converging lines between Jamaican music and the international sounds of Hip Hop and EDM continue to produce dynamic new collaborations including the latest Major Lazer mix tape project featuring Jesse Royal, Largeup.com’s ‘Artiste To Watch for 2014’ (last year’s pick was Chronixx). Similar to previous mix tapes featuring Chronixx, Busy Signal and QQ, this latest collaboration is available for free download since last week Monday, has already amassed over 100,000 views on popular music site SoundCloud.
Royal leaves for European festival dates in August at Reggae Jam, Reggae Geel, Reggae Sundance and Rototom Festival in Spain.
Overall it has been a summer for Jamaican music in the spotlight since kicking off on JulyOne with International Reggae Day. A number of successful events and tours have been launched including Raging Fyah, Jah 9, Inner Circle, Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, Gladiators ft Droop Lion and many others between North American and Europe. Outstanding Reggae Sumfest performances from Chronixx as well as Jesse Royal, Tessanne Chin, Freddie McGregor and Sean Paul ranked among the most talked about alongside Wiz Kaleefa who headlined the annual festival.
Jah 9 and Raging Fyah continue building their fanbase on the tour circuit with commanding performances from Sierra Nevada Festival in California to Reggae Summerjam in Germany as they tour this summer.
‘New Name’ and ‘Avocado’, both produced by Stone Love’s Rory Gilligan; ‘Warning’ by Don Corleon and the ganja ode ‘Steamers a Bubble’ produced by Franklin Irving, are the songs Jah 9 says are popular among European reggae fans. Jah 9 is scheduled to close her European tour with performance at Reggae Jam Festival in Osnabruck, Germany (); and Reggae Geel in Belgium ()
Raging Fyah’s latest album ‘Destiny’ released as a box set along with the band’s debut project ‘Judgment Day’ by Soul Beat Records and the band’s six week European tour includes upcoming performances at Reggae Sun Ska (France), Reggae Geel (Belgium), Reggae Jam (Germany) and the Boomtown Fair Fest (UK).
As Rastafarians around the world celebrate the earthday of HIM Haile Selassie on July 23 and remember Bob Marley’s mother Cedella Booker, Roots Underground releases the first single from their new album in five years - ‘Return of the Righteous’ with a performance on TVJ’s Smile Jamaica and premiere of the new video for the single.
Roots Underground launches ‘Return of the Righteous’.
The government has signaled their interest in the creative sector with the announcement of a new summer initiative Jamrock Summer - 90 Days, 90 Ways - and while the industry awaits details, Jamaican music is having another great summer.