I have a new song for you this week, this one touched me more than I knew it would. Last week I found out by my Twitter timeline that Chronixx dropped a new tune. As much as I won’t admit it I haven’t been myself lately, too much worrying about the future… Sometimes I just can’t help it but when I heard this song the lyrics really spoke to me.
“Skanking sweet, everybody wanna feel irie, forget your troubles and rock with me.”
If the instrumental doesn’t make you actually want to buss a dance move, message me, cause you must have something bothering you too. This single actually makes me look forward to his album, Chronology. Take a listen to Skanking Sweet.
Shell Band Stand of Hope Gardens | Kingston, Jamaica
If you neva know that I love Protoje, you must be new to my blog lol. He’s one of my fave muses. So after I missed Dubwise Jamaica in December and nearly bawl, I not so patiently waited for Proto’s concert, featuring only songs from his new album, Ancient Future.
It wasn’t my first time at the Shell Band Stand, I knew I had to arrive early, so I could be at the front of the stage. As the name suggests, the cover of the stage mimics an oyster shell; the stage was strategically built on the lowest part of a small incline, so no matter where in the audience you were, the stage would still be in sight.
At the highest part of the ‘hill’ were a few vegetarian food vendors, the lines already lengthy. Yaadcore spun his roots mix to keep the crowd entertained ’til show time.
With Indiggnation on stage and tuned up, Dutty Bookman introduced Protoje, and the show had begun! He started off with Criminal, which was followed by a crowd favourite, Protection. When Mortimer started singing… the crowd went wild, the noticeable gap between the audience and the stage disappeared. Listen, hearing a song live, where you can feel the raw emotions from the artiste, is far better than sitting and listening to the track. I would say we took a collective step forward but I’m sure couple people ran pass me. Dwl!
You could tell the real Protoje fans were up at the front, singing the songs, word for word, he took us to Who Can You Call, his favourite track on the album, then Stylin’. The crowd took a liking to his featured artistes; Sevana got her shine in Love Gone Cold. Answer To Your Name was where dancers and non-dancers alike got their groove on- everyone started dancing! Sudden Flight was another crowd favourite, lyrics up in the air, the crowd raved at the presence of Sevana and Jesse Royal. Proto had a special surprise for us at this point he brought on Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco, who came on and sang Mix Up from his just released album “Theory of Reggaetivity” along with a few lines from his other well known songs.
I enjoyed the little teasing Protoje did, he was like I know there are those of fans who came to hear songs like No Lipstick, which he sang a couple lines of, and proceeded to say he would take requests between songs. He had been saying on twitter that he would perform strictly songs from Ancient Future but I knew in my heart he had to give us a little taste of his other Albums 😜 After he said that my friend, Minkah, was like which song we ago shout out? dwl! she suggested Hold You Now, but I was like nah man, let’s say Come My Way. The second time he said “I know there are those fans who came to hear songs like…” in the midst of the silence I shouted out Come My Way, and lucky for me my mouth is loud, and the crowd was silent at moment in time. So he sang a couple lines of it 😀 then he sang some lines from Roll.
The final leg was All Will Have To Change, and Bubblin’, followed by Who Knows with Chronixx, he divulged that he stole JA. from his mommy, Miss Lorna Bennett, who then came on stage and showed us how it was done. When she done rap di shotta line from the song the whole place tun ova! His mommy, and former artiste has still got it locked and sealed! He ended with The Flame alongside Kabaka Pyramid, the final track on the album, and personally my second favourite song on the album, like I mentioned above, you can feel the emotions from the artiste singing live, and that’s one of the things that made this finale so amazing.
All in all the concert was amazing, the Indiggnation played like a well oiled machine, everything was in sync like the musical family that they are. The horns were especially lit 🔥 the sound was turnt all the way up and Protoje looked like he enjoyed himself as much as we did. This was an amazing experience and frankly one of the best concerts I’ve been to; it was definitely well worth the wait. This concert has lead me to make two new friends, and to be honest anybody who loves good music like myself, is worthy of being my friend. Big up Shawn! and see what my friend, Soren, had to say about the concert on her blog June26.
Me, Jody, Gabby
We got a pic with Protoje 🙂
Us again 🙂
Agent Sasco a.k.a. Assassin
Me & my bestie, Gabby
Kabaka Pyramid, Protoje
Minkah, Gabby, myself
Dabbin’ in the vibes!
*Songs not in order of performance, lool I really tried to remember the order but I was too lost in the music to write that down.
Images from: (click the links to see more photos.)
As per usual for any Jamaican event, the starting wasn’t timely. I wonder how the late trend started… Is it that as Jamaicans we’re just never on time? Or is it that promoters were never on time so patrons started coming late? Or are the promoters waiting on a large enough crowd before kicking off the event? The world may never know. As a rule of thumb for me and my best friend, Lexxi, if the event flyer says 8pm we make sure to arrive promptly by 9pm, we always give an hour leeway.
I went with Denni, a media personnel, so we arrived before the crowd, I had to make an effort to be early since I was hitching a ride. When we arrived the stage had already been set up, with all the instruments waiting patiently to rock the night away.
Can I dash in some selfies?
I took a selfie before I left my house.
Denni & I, the flash on my phone is way too bright tho.
Today I’m sharing some new music with you, well they may not be new but they’re new to me, and I’m loving them. I heard Samory I at Dubwise Jamaica last week Wednesday and I love his voice, I had to search for his music the next day. Take a listen to “Take Me Oh Jah” performed live at Dubwise.
I had seen this song circulating on the web since it was released but I just took the time out to listen to it last week and I like it, it’s different! I’m feeling Jane. This is Jane Macgizmo, take a listen to “Babylon.”
This new song, “Rise Up Now” by A-Game is lit! I like it because it’s really inspiring, there are a lot of people out there suffering, take a listen to this song and don’t give up, continue striving to provide for your family.
Chronixx released a few new songs near the end of 2015 and them mad, they have been ruling the airwaves in 2016. I’m gonna share “Spanish Town Rocking” with you today.
The other day I bucked this article on Chronixx’s website (chronixxmusic.com) and it was a good read but something he said stood out to me.
“I hold this tour very close to my heart. The true Reggae experience with a live band has for centuries been the genesis of the acceptance of our music internationally. Now Jamaicans are no longer able to readily access this movement because of cost and accessibility of our best musicians. I have seen the love for Reggae in other parts of the world and I just want fans in Jamaica to have that opportunity to really connect with the music,” said Chronixx.
Taken from “Chronixx announces second staging of ‘Capture Land’ Jamaica Tour” by Dean Jackson.
As a reggae lover, simply as a music lover I really appreciate the effort that artistes are making to have concerts in Jamaica, so that we are able to experience what other countries get when they have a tour, also these are at an affordable price. Another concert I enjoyed was Live From Kingston. I missed the first staging of the Capture Land Jamaica Tour but I’m going to try to go to the nearest one to me in the second staging, Spanish Town.
I was hit by the Christmas spirit this morning when I went on my blog and saw it snowing! That and the fact that we’re having a cold front in Jamaica right now, i.e. our “Christmas breeze” or our version of snow lol! Cold winds.
Another thing is that I passed through Half Way Tree (Treez,) one of the main shopping areas in Kingston last night, and saw all the shops and plazas adorned in Christmas lights, of all different colours and patterns. My favourite being Mall plaza where they also wrap the palm trees scattered throughout the parking lot in lights, making everything shine. Treez just screams Christmas time.
Well today I’m sharing with you a picture and a song, since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a song as brawta 😉
To be honest I just love the angles in this photo.
Hi everyone, today I’m sharing some music, to big up Jamaica! Take a listen to “Who Knows” by Protoje featuring Chronixx. ↓
I say big up Jamaica because I know how lucky I am, to call this beautiful island my home.
More while I’m walking home and have to say give thanks because just looking around me, the hues, tones, colours of the sky, the trees, the flowers, looking at all of this I know there is a God. One of my fears is going blind, because I can’t imagine a day where I can’t see God’s creation anymore. Nature is so beautiful, when you look outside and see the sun hitting the leaves of a mango tree, and it’s the perfect shade of green; or a bright orange and pink sunset on a day that was overcast. I mean I’d miss looking at people but to not be able to see the sunlight again, would probably be the worst.
Exam time is around the corner once again, so I’ll get a little scarce, I will try to post as much as I can but I have studying to do. Wish me luck!
You know I find this so cliché to say but it embodies Jamaica so much, so wah gwaan?
Knowing that our Independence Day is August 6th, my friends and I decided to go to Dubwise the night of the 5th, i.e. getting home late isn’t a problem because Holiday means sleeping in late.
We were Dubbing into Independence, reggae floating in the air, 53 years strong, and it wasn’t just reggae in the air. I love Dubwise because it’s not everyday you hear roots music blasting and being professionally mixed, just like any dance (party.) Hehe just Wednesdays 🙂 Continue reading “Dubbing into Independence”→
“I think that’s why many reggae artistes are focused on the message of the music and not the stardom.”
Taken from the article ” ‘My Success Is Not Measured By What People Think’ – Reggae Star Chronixx” read more here…
And that my friends, is why I love reggae music, the lyrics.
Protoje will be my example today; not only does he preach that he sings for himself and not the masses, he has a couple songs around that theme. ‘Music From My Heart’ (The 8 Year Affair) and ‘The Flame’ (Ancient Future) are two prime examples.