Chronixx brought a potpourri of souls to Mas Camp Friday evening for his Chronology Tour concert and kept them captive with titillating music, that had them leaving 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 catalog, with most coming from his latest released album, Chronology, but also included a number of those that first brought him to the attention to the world, just a few years ago.
During the performance,Chronixx, sang, deejayed, danced, lectured and joked for the audience that comprised of individuals of all races, varying ages and what appears to be from different social and economic strata of the Jamaican society as well as visitors from overseas.
The Jamaican crowd, however, seemed to be mainly from the middle to upper class.
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 just a toddler. During his act, he constantly reminded the crowd that he was birth and is from the volatile community of Spanish Town, specifically Dela Vega City.
He also blended his own performance with other artists which were Jah9, Proteje, Ravers Clavers dancers and his father Chronicle in a set that flowed smoothly from start to finish. Likewise, the majority of his songs were also done to the end.
With Jah9, Chronixx did Hardcore, Who Knows with Proteje and Big Bad Sound with father Chronicle who was the only guest to get a second song, an unknown fun piece between the two.
It had Chronicle starting by singing to the crowd that he has ‘three woman’ and Chronixx retorted that he has only one. In a comical tone, Chronixx sang that while his father had to find three money for different expenses, with his one woman, he only has to find funds to take care of one household. The crowd erupted.
Ravers Clavers joined him for his signature song from the Chronology album, Likes and did the accompanying dance.
Chronixx,dressed in a white shirt with strips of black, 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, 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 them that ‘queens’ are the center of all creations, before launching into Queen Majesty.
Known for his Afrocentricity, 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 on the same riddim, sang Tracy Chapman’s Sorry and Barrington Levy’s Prison Oval Rock.
With the crowd lapping up the performance, he then instructed his backing band, Zinc Fence Redemption to change to the Taxi Riddim and deejayed incarcerated Buju Banton’sDriver, bringing the audience further glee, before changing back to the original riddim and Spanish Town Rocking.
At this stage,Proteje, 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 known song, His Deeds might be better than any song that he has ever done, and started the first verse, before launching into Loneliness and would work 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’sNuff 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’sMhmHm, before telling the crowd about his own blend-up juice, that had the crowd in stitches.
He then reminded them that he was first with blended juices and did Spirulina, during which he had them laughing again, by singing, “mi want a jook off a Jacqueline”, which is from Frisco Kid’s 1990s hit, Rubbers.
He would mellow the mood again, by doing Sell My Gun and Curtains, which he had to restart, after the crowd went wild.
With Zinc Fence Redemption starting the melody of his monster hit from the Chronology albumLikes, 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, needed to go home to eat, which caused some laughter, as he closed the show at 2:20 am with Like A Whistle.