Q&A with Chronixx

Chronixx has been hailed as the main force behind the reggae revival of recent years. When on his African leg of his worldwide tour, he held a brief Q and A with key industry players and journalists before his concert in Nairobi. As the 23 year old sat down, he smiled shyly and seemed slightly uncomfortable, but as soon as the questions started coming he settled into his element and dropped wisdom way beyond his years. Here is a snippet from the discussion.

Why Chronixx chose Nairobi as one of the cities in his world tour
As far as my musical journey is concerned, Kenya is a special place in terms of its connection to reggae and dancehall music. It’s so special. Reggae music is popular all over the world but there’s a special vibe happening in Kenya.

We are always asking for an opportunity, so if people are found with the right mindset (Good Times Africa) it’s only natural that we work together. It’s a great joy, Nairobi chose us and we chose Nairobi. Loving the vibes.

It’s a great feeling. I’m overwhelmed, it’s Africa! You can’t act as if you’re not excited. I’m sure It’s business as usual for you who live here, but for somebody who dreams of Africa every day, any opportunity you get to be here is a great opportunity.

On his band Zincfence Redemption

Zincfence Redemption is a set of young musicians from Jamaica, All of us have different yet very similar backgrounds. You can always expect us to share good music, music that inspires… fun elements, spiritual elements.

On his latest mix tape Roots and Chalice

Roots and Chalice is the title of my latest project. Roots and Chalice mixtape by Federation Sound… It’s the energy that creates music; energy of African liberation, energy of centralization and unification throughout Africa. The energy of peace and balance on earth. That is the energy in music. As the consciousness evolves it reflects in the music, to keep the people in tune with that evolution, you have to keep them in tune with music. We are fully humbled to be able to go around the world and perform this music.

I did a lot of the production work on Roots and Chalice.

How his father Chronicle influenced his music

My father’s name is Chronicle, a Jamaican musician. Growing up in our community in Jamaica, people always refer to you as your father’s child. So, first of all, I was ‘Chronicle’s son’ and then ‘Little Chronicle’. It was never a title that I took on. At a young age, I wasn’t seeking after a career in music, it was more like a fun exploration for me, and every day was just a new discovery. I was never seeking to become an artist.

It’s not like I discovered my love for music, I simply discovered myself and with that everything that revolves around it gets revealed as a result. Growing up I used to do many things; learning instruments, singing, visual arts, and later going into photography. I was always that artistic person; I remember being very interested in words and poetry and language.

In life, as you grow you discover different dimensions, I found music as a way I could truly experience life’s fullness. Music for me has opened a lot of doors to other things that I wanted to pursue in life. I always wanted to help people; music has helped me help people. I always wanted to share certain ideas; and music helped me to do that. Music is just a doorway to my full life experience. As I grow I discover that more and more.

On Pan-Africanism and Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey is a Pan-Africanist. I feel that Pan-Africanism is the next step that humanity needs to take. I feel Pan-Africanism is a world movement, it’s a global movement. Marcus Garvey is one of the driving forces that spearheaded the whole Pan-African movement across the world. I don’t think Jamaican children, or any child in the world for that matter, should grow up not knowing the true roots of Pan-Africanism. The idea of repatriation: repatriation of wealth in Africa, repatriation of the mind and us accepting ourselves as human beings, as creative human beings and as Africans.

Marcus Garvey and his philosophies and opinions, should be taught in all schools across the world. Just like I would like to learn the teachings of the Dalai Lama, I don’t have to be from Asia to learn that. I would like my children to grow up reading about Confucius just as much as they hear about Jesus and Prophet Muhammad. I feel that, the teachings of Haile Selassie his philosophies, opinions and words that he manifested in our world should be taught in schools.

Chronixx Performed later that night to a packed crowd at KICC.

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