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CHRONIXX CHRONOLOGY ALBUM REVIEW

-  July 17th, 2017 by

July 17th, 2017

CHRONIXX CHRONOLOGY ALBUM REVIEW

Written by Shana McCalla

The long awaited Chronology album was released on 7.7.17 by Chronixx, as if spirituality chosen, the numerology on the release date is on point.  The music is top level artistic sound.  The album begins with ‘Spanish Town Rockin and this song takes me to the old school reggae ska feel good vibes and lyrics to back it up with a homage to his hometown in Jamaica. Chronixx and his music has been branded as a “Reggae Revival”, alongside other reggae musicians including Dre Island, Jah Bouks, Jah9, Protoje, Jesse Royal, Kelissa, Keznamdi and Kabaka Pyramid.  Chronology is the reggae music for the soul summer album. “Big Bad Sound” gives us a taste of the roots behind his musical talents.  It features Chronicle, his father on the the track.  I was pleasantly surprised and love this tracks drum and bass.  Chornixx does a great job at honouring the reggae legends that have come before him, as seen on his previously released single “Likes”.  “Skankin Sweet” everybody wanna feel irie..  it brings a lovers rock feel that melts any negative vibes away.  “Grooving all the troubles away” Chronixx is well known for that.  I’ve been watching this artist since the launch of Roots Reggae Hub, in 2012 and his rise to main stream media bringing roots and culture vibes with him all the way. 

Chronxix does a great job at fusing genres into the album like, pop, hip hop, ska, dub, dancehall, roots and culture reggae. There’s a bit of everything in the Chronology album.  People born and raised in the “Ghetto Paradise” can relate to his lyrics, Chronixx never fails to deliver the brutal truths of the corruption in a babylon system; that we know works not for us, but against us.  Spirituality and knowing who you are and where you come from may be the only way to break the chains of the modern day mental slavery.  In past music Chronixx has not hesitated to talk about the white-supremacy systematic brutality against our people with the anti-colonial “Captureland”, “Start-a-Fyah” and “Capitalist”.  Truly Chronixx speaks of life in Jamaica with “Country Boy” and this song tells a story of a real boy living in Kingston Town.  The guitarist in the last minute of the song takes you to another dimension.   Chronixx lets it be known that “No sin goes unpunished for sure”.

A fan favourite is brought back by the remastered track “Smile Jamaica”  the song was love at first listen for me.  For a descendent of Jamaican heritage this song rings true to the soul.  Chronixx brings the roots rock reggae vibes into the 21st century and people from around the world can relate to his undeniable lyrical gift.  “I Can” the summer anthem for all those struggling to stay positive everyday, living their truth and chasing their dreams, give thanks and remember your time will come.  “Follow your heart and know you’ll be fine…”.  This song is a reminder that a catchy chorus will always make for good music that your fans can sing along to (They worked with Diplo on this). “Every morning I rise and stare at the sun…with my two hands in the air as far as I CAN”.  This album is calling all “Selassie Children” to take your rightful place on the throne of humanity.  “Jah children shall win the war, cause we know who we are.”  “Africa was born in us”, a mantra that every African descendent should chant right back to the motherland.  I Nation and Jah9 get a nice shoutout in this track.  Love the RASTA FARI vibes on this one.

One of the most important songs on the album is “Black is Beautiful” speaks so much truth for the black community that is bombarded with images of the “white” standard of beauty.  This veil has been lifted as the conscious kings and queens of today know we are the standard for beauty.  This song brings a hip hop vibe to the mix and Chronixx does this fusion justice.  Finally a young up and coming reggae artist that can be compared to some of the greats that put conscious roots and culture reggae on the map, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Garnett Silk.  The ladies loved this single when it came out, I know I did. “Majesty” is a dedication to the empresses and we feel the love.  The musical accompaniment is stylistically driven with beautiful back up vocals in melody.  Chronixx delivers more of that lovers rock feel with “Loneliness” it’s a pop reggae fusion and a nice song for the lovers going through summer nights longing for each other.  “We do it for the love, me nuh do it for the likes..” who knew dancehall could be conscious?! Yes,..you can wine up pon someone to this song.  This single was released earlier this year to rave reviews.  It’s nice to see it on the album.  The best part of the song is when he gives “credits in dancehall fashion..” Chronixx continues to honour the reggae legends that have come before him. 

The lovers rock track “Tell Me Now” is reminder that Chronixx is here to stay with true musical genius and big up to Zincfence band. “Nobody knows what the future holds”…but for reggae music it looks promising. The next track on the album is “Legend” it speaks to the ordinary people out there, working hard, and changing the world in their own unique way. We’re all legends in our own right.  A beautiful back up choir is heard singing background in this song and the musical composition is incredible.  I think we all want to know who’s “Christina”? Soul and funk vibes come with this track and brings me back to highlighting the fact that Chronology is truly a fusion of genres.  Chronixx does this well and seems to have raised the bar for reggae music worldwide.  The bonus track on the album “ I Know Love” is a reminder that love is a powerful weapon to uplift mankind and it can raise our frequency on this planet.  We have a responsibility to humanity, ourselves and to our ancestors.  “Jah and love are one and the same” Thank you Chronixx and BIG up the whole camp. It’s great to see so many great artists are representing Jamaica and raising the bar for conscious lyrics in the roots and culture reggae worldwide circuit.  8.5/10 Ease out!

NATURE’S WAY TO RELEASE NEW KING MAS ALBUM

-  February 4th, 2016 by

NATURE’S WAY TO RELEASE NEW KING MAS ALBUM

US based label Nature’s Way Entertainment is gearing up to release Rasta Evolution, the sophomore album from reggae artiste King Mas.

Rasta Evolution features eighteen tracks, two of which are collaborations which feature singer Jemere Morgan and African entertainer AntoNeoSoul.

According to Garfield Cowan, CEO of Nature’s Way Entertainment, the album has been in the making for the past three years.

‘Rasta Evolution is a project that we have been working on for the past three years on and off. We had little obstacles along the way but we continued to push because we believe in this album and the movement of positive conscious music’, Cowan explained.

Among the producers who contributed to the project are Cowan and his wife Sanya; O. Sitawi, Damian Ebanks, M. Prospere, Ray Keys and Kenya based Mega Records.

Musicians who worked on the album include Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Dean Fraser, Unga Barunga, and Riff Raff among others.

Cowan added ‘I am proud to be a part of the Rasta Evolution album and it’s been a journey but it was worth it. It is going to be a one of a kind a positive move in reggae music .King Mas definitely as a massage and a sound and we just want the whole world to give it a listen’.

Born Glenford Prospere, King Mas is the product of a Jamaican mother. His father is onetime Montserrat Calypso Monarch, Supreme.

The first single from Rasta Evolution is titled Ocean of Emotion. A video to accompany the song is to be released shortly

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Lion D Heartical Soul

-  September 25th, 2015 by

“HEARTICAL SOUL” the new and much awaited album of Lion D, italo- nigerian artist, rated as the revelation singer all over Europe reggae scene, released in Germany on vinyl on 06.11.2015

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The album will be out under the well known Bizzarri Records label and will be distributed by Self Distribution.

One year ago Lion D left for Shengen Studio in Kingston, Jamaica where he spent several months working side by side with one of the most famous reggae producers in the world: Alborosie.

“HEARTICAL SOUL” unites the talent of two excellent Italian artists who have combined their great passion for music and for reggae, creating an explosive cd with a very ‘Jamaican’ sound, made of twelve brand new tunes and of a dub version, too.

The album is entirely produced by Alborosie, who, both took care of the artistic production and played drums, base, keyboards and guitars in almost all the songs and who involved in this project. Some of his best musicians: Tony Tarantino and Dave “Fitzroy” Green and Sid Gaetani of Bizzarri’s crew.

A work paying tribute to Roots Reggae, moreover the presence of one of the great artists of world reggae scene as Ken Boothe can only strengthen this theory.

Other artists featuring in “HEARTICAL SOUL” are Mr Vegas in “Jamrock Nice” and the outstanding voices of Kemar Williams and Sandy Smith in “Rude Bwoy Thing” and “Talk About Love”, next single to be released very soon.

‘Heartical Luv’, Ruff inna Town’ and ‘Blaze Up’ are the first three singles anticipating the release of ‘Heartical Soul’, the new album due to be released on Bizzarri Records.

Loving Lion D vibe! Some great dub style and many collaborations on the album; our fav being the one ft. Alborosie.  Check it and bless it family!

Reggae Music Must Haves!  Roots Reggae Hub Recommended!

Learn more here: Lion D website

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Reggae Legend John Holt Passes

-  October 20th, 2014 by

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Learning of John Holt’s death the reggae family worldwide, is remembering his great works over his lifetime. He gave us many tunes we still love today, a true timeless icon for reggae music. Many believed he had passed months ago, after collapsing on stage at the One Love Reggae Concert in the UK. Rumours were quickly and happily dismissed after news had spread that the artist was recovering from the ordeal. Today we apprecilove the greatness that he contributed to the art of reggae. Let’s celebrate his life through living consciously, up-righteously and by pursuing our dreams to the fullest in the coming year.

It was just over a month ago that some offered condolences, after John Kenneth Holt had collapsed on stage at the One Love concert in London. Prayers were sent out to Holt, for a speedy recovery and it was known by some that he had been ill for a time. Unfortunately, Holt’s manager and nephew Copeland Forbes, confirmed the truth of his passing on Sunday. We’d like to send out our prayers, Jah guidance and protection to the Holt family and close friends. You now have a powerful ancestor on the other side, protecting and watching over I. Rest In Power John Holt. His contribution to the genre that is Reggae Music will never be forgotten and we thank and honour him as one of the greatest reggae icons of our time. Holt has left behind a legacy in his reggae music, that we are all grateful for. Holt’s music is timeless and will forever live on, as will his spirit. Happy Westing John Holt and thank you!

John Holt - Police in Helicopter

John Holt – Police in Helicopter

John Holt pictures courtesy of his facebook page

John Holt pictures courtesy of his facebook page

ROCK WITH ME BABY – JOHN HOLT

A Love I Can Feel (1970) Bamboo
Holt (1971) Jaguar
Still in Chains (1971) Trojan
Greatest Hits (1972) Melodisc
OK Fred (1972) Melodisc
Pledging My Love (1972) Jackpot/Trojan
The Further You Look (1973) Trojan
Time Is The Master (1973) Moodisc
One Thousand Volts Of Holt (1973) Originally Trojan, now Secret Records
Dusty Roads (1974) Trojan
Before the Next Tear Drop (1976) Klik
Up Park Camp (1976) Channel One
Channel One Presents The Magnificent John Holt (1977) Channel One
Roots of Holt (1977) Trojan
Showcase (New Disco Style) (1977) Thunderbolt
Holt Goes Disco (1978) Trojan
In Demand (1978) Dynamic Sounds
Let It Go On (1978) Trojan
Super Star (1978) Weed Beat
The Impressable John Holt (Disco Mix) (1978) Harry J
A1 Disco Showcase (1981) Taurus
Introspective (1980) Dynamic Sounds
My Desire (1980) Jackpot
Just the Two of Us (1982) CSA
Sweetie Come Brush Me (1982) Volcano
Gold (1983) Creole
Police in Helicopter (1983) Greensleeves/Arrival
For Lovers and Dancers (1984) Trojan
Live in London (1984) Very Good
Wild Fire (1985) Natty Congo/Tad’s (with Dennis Brown)
Vibes (1985) Leggo Sounds
The Reggae Christmas Hits Album (1986) Trojan
From One Extreme to Another (1986) Beta
Time Is The Master (1988) Creole
Rock With Me Baby (1988) Trojan
If I Were a Carpenter (1989)
Why I Care (1989) Greensleeves
Reggae, Hip House, R&B Flavor (1993)
Peacemaker (1993)

VYBZ KARTEL GETS LIFE SENTENCE

-  March 14th, 2014 by

April 3rd, 2014, Gaza has been brought to its knees with today’s official decision of Justice Lennox Campbell, who sentenced Vybz Kartel to life imprisonment with no parole for 35 years.  Shawn Campbell and Kahira Jones will serve life, no chance of parole 25 years. Andre St. John was given life no chance of parole for 15 years.

Infamous dancehall reggae artist Vybz Kartel got a life sentence handed down to him and three others March 13th, 2014.  A 65 day trial lead to a jury verdict of 10-1 finding Adidja Palmer (Vybz Kartel), Shawn Campbell (aka Shawn Storm), Kahira Jones and Andre St. John guilty of the alleged beating death of Clive “Lizard” Williams.  His body has never been found.  Assisting in the evidence brought against the accused were one eye witness which said he fled the scene after seeing Clive’s lifeless body on the floor and one of the accused holding a brick in his hand.  The other witness said he dropped the victim off at Vybz home in Havendale St. Andrew.   The police also used text messages and bbm messages to compile evidence against them.  Kartel’s lawyers plan to appeal, which can take anywhere from 6 – 12 months.  The dancehall community is left stricken by the guilty verdict in this case. One co-accused was found not guilty Shane Williams.  The attorneys defense for the accused say it’s a police conspiracy against the artist. 

Kartel’s controversial lyrics, bleached skin debate and Gaza empire ,catapulted him to the top of the dancehall charts.  Although band from the airwaves in Guyana 2011, his popularity soared through his chart topping singles, Clarks Again, Know Bout Me, Party Me Say, Lip Gloss, Badman Sittin and more.  Whether he will continue to make music, is up in the air.   Kartel supporters will have to wait and see.

This is yet another example of why culture roots reggae is rising up against this madness.  Put down the guns and end the violence against each other.  A system of corruption breeds more corruption.  When given the power to speak to the masses, make sure you’re sending the right messages for the whole of mankind.  It starts with the youth, the message in the music should be motivating them to be all that they can be.  Our future depends on it.

Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel