Rejecting the Jamaican art form and lifestyle as merely some continually re-emerging trend, 24-year-old singer/producer Chronixx refuses to believe he’s bringing back reggae. Again.
“It’s a continuation,” says the singer, born Jamar McNaughton to reggae standout/father Chronicle. “That’s the part I play now. It’s my turn to be engulfed and captivated by the music, a new chapter.
“We’re in the genesis of a new 50 years. We have to tell the story of where human history and consciousness is today, to continue from where the Wailers, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Sean Paul, Buju Banton left off.”
Breaking out on 2013 hit “Here Comes Trouble,” which lopes like a new Gregory Issacs, Chronixx is both reggae’s next big thing and currently its brightest son, fusing contemporary pop culture with unfaded Rastafarian principles. That’s his guiding light on “Majesty,” an Eighties wavy tweener jam fused with modern jam-rock sensibilities. Dwelling on deeper love and the life-providing essence of women, the song reinvigorates the Rastafarian context.
Currently he’s readying a much-anticipated debut album, Chronology.
“I hope music will somehow translate itself into the future, kind of like I was driven to make music after listening to Burning Spear or Super Cat.”
He and his team believe embarking on a large North American tour is the path forward, even if less lucrative and somewhat rocky.
“I can do a whole American tour, and make way less money than doing five shows in the Caribbean, or 10 shows in Africa,” he explains. “But our music isn’t just about a monetary success. Success comes when the message is delivered, and delivered to the right people.”– Kahron Spearman
Merle Haggard died on his 79th birthday, April 6, 2016. The Austin Songwriters Group’s 12th annual celebration of the country outlaw’s birth now doubles as tribute to his passing. Floyd Domino and longtime Haggard Telecaster sideman Redd Volkaert back top Austin talent, including Jimmy LaFave, Tish Hinojosa, Christy Moore, and Bob Livingston among the many locals singing Hag back home.– Doug Freeman