Jamar Rolando McNaughton Jr, popularly known as Chronixx, Jamaican reggae artiste is set to perform in Kampala this year. Latest reaching our desk has it that he will be performing live in Kampala on 17th June 2016 at a yet to be confirmed venue. Talent Africa’s Aly Alibhai is behind his coming and he confirmed to us today.
“Uganda! It’s official. Chronixx from Jamaica will be performing live in Kampala on June 17th. The REGGAE REVIVAL is on with one of Jamica’s best reggae artists of the era. Save the date and stay tuned for more details. #KLALoveLiveMusic #TalentAfrica,” Aly Alibhai said.
Who is Chronixx?
Jamar Rolando McNaughton Jr (born 10 October 1992, popularly known as Chronixx, is a Jamaican reggae artist. His stage name replaced the name “Little Chronicle” which he was given because of his father, the singer “Chronicle”.
Chronixx and his music has been branded as a “Reggae Revival,” alongside other reggae musicians including Dre Island, Jah Bouks, Jah9, Protoje, Kelissa, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi and Kabaka Pyramid, his lyrical content revolves around themes of anti-war, romantic declarations and resiliency.
McNaughton began songwriting at an early age and his father Jamar McNaughton Sr, known professionally as “Chronicle”, began to nurture his musical aspirations. McNaughton wrote his first song, “Rice Grain”, at the age of 5. During an interview with Okay Player Chronixx spoke on his early life
“My music come from early beginnings, from childhood days. I used to sing at school, in church, and then my whole family sings. My diddy, Chronicle, caused me to be very exposed to music from a very tender age. That’s where the music started for me. Professionally now, that’s when I was in high school. I started producing. Making riddims. But the music go from then until now. When I was 15, 16 I started producing and it was a great vibe for me.”
He attended St Catherine High School in Spanish Town. He started his recording career at the age of 11, recording a Gospel track with producer Danny Browne (which was not released), and went on to provide harmony vocals for artists such as Lutan Fyah as well as beginning production work, creating rhythms used by artists such as Konshens. At the age of 14, he began producing and building riddims, including the Freezer riddim for Ice Box Records. In 2009 Chronixx’s brother died which led to him writing with Romaine ‘Teflon’ Arnett of Zincfence Records.
His popularity grew throughout 2012, with significant airplay in Jamaica, and performances at festivals such as Reggae Sumfest and a show in December at the Tracks and Records nightclub/restaurant in Kingston, which was attended by Usain Bolt. He was featured on the Major Lazer-curated mixtape Start a Fire. In 2013 he had hits with “Smile Jamaica” and “Here Comes Trouble”, and he toured the United Kingdom (including a BBC 1Xtra concert in Leeds) and the United States with his Zincfence Redemption Band. In March 2013 he travelled to Kenya, where he has a large fanbase, as a Peace Ambassador during the country’s general election, and performed at the Tuka Rada Peace Concert in Nairobi. He again performed at Sumfest in 2013, in front of an audience of almost 10,000.
His EP, Dread & Terrible, was released on 1 April 2014, and topped the Billboard Top Reggae Albums charts on the week of 18 April. Prior to his promotion of the EP, Dread & Terrible had accumulated sales of 1,000 downloads in the US, following his appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show and his Central Park concert the EP saw significant gains selling 12,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a number two position on the Digital Reggae Singles chart. The EP returned to the number one spot on the Top Reggae Albums chart with total sales of 5,000 units, according to SoundScan. Before these high profile performances, the EP had moved just 400 units. By March 2015 the EP had spent 42 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Top Reggae Albums chart.
In May 2014 he won Culture Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, and Entertainer of the Year at the Linkage Awards in New York. In July 2014 he performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on US network NBC. He followed this with a concert in Central Park attended by over 5,000 people. In September 2014 he was nominated for a MOBO Award in the Best Reggae Act category. The following month he won awards for Best Song (for “Smile Jamaica”) and Best Music Video (for “Here Comes Trouble”) at the 33rd International Reggae & World Music Awards. He founded his own ZincFence Recordz production house along with producer Romain “Teflon” Arnett and co-producer/engineer Ricardo “Shadyz” Lynch. As well as Chronixx, ZincFence has produced hits by Jah Cure, Kabaka Pyramid, and Protoje, and had worked with Maverick Sabre, Mavado, and Nomaddz.
In January 2015, Chronixx appeared on “Belly of the Beast” a song which featured on American rapper Joey Badass debut album B4.Da.$$. In June 2015 Chronixx performed at the Glastonbury Festival as a part of a partnership with EE, the singers et was described as a “highlight” and was well received.