Through My Eyes: Chronology Live!

Mas Camp, Kingston

I sat down thinking what angle to take for this introduction, so much happened in the space of one week. Getting to the concert was such an emotional roller coaster for me, thanks to procrastination. I had been waiting on my friend to secure a ticket for me and that fell through, I found out that it didn’t work out the day before then concert. When all the pre-sold VIP tickets had already been sold out. By the time I started searching social media I’d learnt that the general admission tickets were sold out as well. By the grace of  God and good spirits, my best friend, Gabby, got a ticket for me.

We planned to be early to get a good spot in the crowd, I have no clue why but Jamaican time pulled through and made me late. (Spoiler: That didn’t mar the good time I had.) There was so much traffic to get to the venue I had to hop out my cab from Mountain View Avenue and walk to the entrance. On my way down the road, I could hear the voice of the opening act in the air. By the time I braved the line and entered, Eesah had finished performing.

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Eesah (photo by: Warren McKane)

I heard I’d missed a great performance but I’m sure I’ll get to see Eesah perform sometime soon. So, we entered right at the band change, where Zj Sparks entertained the audience. People used the time wisely to secure food and drinks at the bars provided; my friends and I used the time to secure a spot to stand.

I’d never seen Mas Camp this packed in my life; the crowd was thick like a nice bowl of oatmeal porridge. You couldn’t walk or even stand too comfortably without someone grazing you as they passed. Soon enough, it was time for Protoje and the Indiggnation to shell the place.

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Protoje (photo by: Warren McKane)

Protoje came out with a blast of energy, backed by the Indiggnation. He went through songs from all of the projects he’s released; starting from “The 8 Year Affair” with “Kingston Be Wise”, he jumped to “Ancient Future” with “Criminal” then to “The Seven Year Itch” with “Roll”, “Come My Way” and “Rasta Love”. The audience was getting their fill of songs we hadn’t heard live in a while.

He sang “Stylin'” and remixed it too, then gave the mic to an upcoming act under his record label, Lila Ike. We got to croon along to “Protection” with Mortimer followed by his newest single, “Truths & Rights”. We also got a piece of the songbird, Sevana in “Sudden Flight”, are you sad you missed the concert yet? It gets even better. He ended his set by giving thanks with “Hail Rastafari”, and finally, “Blood Money”.

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Chronixx feeling the music (photo by: Warren McKane)

The Zincfence Redemption started with a soulful Binghi intro which turned into “Alpha and Omega” then “Roots and Chalice”. The Zincfence Redemption was so smooth and cohesive, with Chronixx’s voice in the lead, it was chilling. I must give praise to whoever controlled the sound system because the music was turnt up perfectly, the system was well balanced.  “This is amazing” and those were my thoughts at the second song.

Chronixx gave us a mix of songs from his initiation on the music scene to his latest project; “Ain’t No Giving In”, “They Don’t Know”, “Majesty”, “Black is Beautiful”, “I Can”, “Skankin’ Sweet”, “Smile Jamaica”, “Capture Land”, “Ghetto Paradise”, “Spanish Town Rockin'” and “Who Knows” with Protoje.

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Chronixx (photo by: Warren McKane)

“This show is yours…”

He sang “Somewhere” and the song took me to a memory, right in the concert. It took me back to my first Chronixx CD, my boyfriend at the time had gifted it to me. A CD burnt and sold on the road side, that I had rinsed! (played on repeat). This made me wonder how many original Chronixx fans were in the house as I was covered in nostalgia.

Chronixx was out to make up for the long period of time since he’d performed in Jamaica, to continuing the list of songs, he sang “Loneliness”, “Warrior”, “Nah Follow Nobody” – the first ever Chronixx song I heard. “Spirulina”, “Sell My Gun”, “Behind Curtain”, “Likes” with the Ravaz doing the Fling! “Blaze Up The Fire”, and “Legend”. He ended the show with “Like a Whistle”, leaving us with happy spirits and hoping hearts .

The show was amazing. Anyone who knows me, knows I love Protoje, he and the Indiggnation did so well. But this was definitely a Chronixx concert, he and the band took the awe, the wow, my voice, my edges, everything. I didn’t expect to hear songs he’d released so long ago, and that made me happy. From this concert I could see and feel the growth of Chronixx, and I’m proud that he’s representing Jamaica on the world stage. Y’all know I’ll be at the next Chronixx concert that comes to town.

Photos from Warren McKane, @EmceeKane on Instagram.

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Upcoming Events!

You know what time it is! Time to check the 876Lover event listing. This weekend actually has more events than last week…they just keep popping up. There will be a concert, and tons of pop-up shops, this weekend might be the best one to get your Christmas shopping done. Explore the vast numbers of Jamaican brands! Cop a birthday gift for me *wink* Have fun!

Friday:

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Upcoming Events!

The festive season began last week and every weekend we’ve got something for you to do. From the ever enticing reggae concert to pop-up shops to more music events! Here is this weekend’s event listing from the 876Lover!

Saturday:

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IMPRINT 2017

Valencia, Spanish Court Hotel

This second staging of Imprint was long awaited, to add to our wait, it had been postponed to a week later to facilitate a change in location. Due to the heavy rains the outdoor venue could not do. Imprint is a vibe, it’s a cultural experience geared at young people, where you get to see different art forms from your peers and upcoming artistes. Once again Shaundel ‘Roux’ Campbell and her team did not disappoint. Being the typical Jamaican, I was late for the 6:30 start time. Upon entry, you could see the body piercing bar and the tattoo bar as promised, the body jewellery was especially tempting but I’m on a budget. Secondly, I must say mans was not hot, the room where the activities took place was freezing, a contrast to the energies the people gave off.

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Some of the art pieces. (photo: Lynch)

The room had art pieces lining two parts of walls, and on tables; pieces of different sizes and varying themes could be seen. When I arrived, the hosts, Oraine and Zanaay, were engaging the audience before introducing a Dub poet. This dub poetry session continued with 3 more persons, followed by the music group, illNGHT. The group consists of 4 rappers, they were new to me but seemed familiar to a lot of the people in the crowd. They were followed by another rapper, Silva, he controlled the crowd nicely, getting people hyped up though we didn’t know the songs, he had great energy.

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Courtni (photo: Lynch)

The rapping was toned down to more soulfulness, Courtni was up next. Listen, big up Courtni for holding those long notes, the crowd enjoyed her short performance. She was followed by the host reading a poem by Roux, the Crimson Fire Salute, a tribute to Kemar ‘Crimson’ James. Gemmar ‘MaGG Muse’ McFarlane did his part in the salute by singing his song, The Man Behind The Lens. #LongLiveCrimson

The somber energy was lifted when Jeeby Lyricist and Di Vibe took the stage. The energy was all the way up. I’m gonna take this moment to appreciate these lyrics, cause them shot.

“She say she wah feel my energy, mi seh me might just chip yuh breaker!”

-Jeeby Lyricist

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Some of the male models. (photo: Lynch)

Di Vibe started up the vibes and it continued into the short fashion show. Men and women were dressed in paint, walking works of art; the women modeled crochet swimwear, and pieces from So Chill Clothing as well. The energy continued on a high note when a crowd fave, Lila Ike, touched the stage. She sang a couple of songs, with Biggest Fan and Gotti Gotti getting the best responses. We got a little surprise when Protoje joined her on stage, giving us a sample of his new single, Blood Money. Up next was Iotosh with his smooth Jamaican Hip Hop vibe, another artiste new to me. He was followed by BLVK H3RO, who (in my head) has stole the title of Energy Gawd from Elephant Man. The closing act for the night was the man called, Kalex.

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Iotosh (photo: Lynch)

Though I skipped out on the after party, I’m looking forward to the next staging of Imprint. The mix of the arts was lovely, the incorporation of dub poetry was a great, I appreciated that. I didn’t know all the artistes that performed but that is what the showcase is about, so I learnt some names. I’m glad for this space, and hope to see it grow and get even better next year.

Get a taste of the artistes yourself, watch the Imprint cypher video.

Also, watch the Imprint short film, directed by Dane Nelson and Alwayne White, creative director Shaundel ‘Roux’ Campbell.

See the full photo album by Romario Lynch at Imprint 2017.

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For The Culture!

Ah the Shell Band Stand…I stepped through the gate and instantly my tummy started to fill with nostalgia; and my head with flashbacks of flashing lights and the roaring of The Indiggnation. I was brought back to Ancient Future Live. Warmth roamed the grounds of the green-space, as friends and strangers alike, mingled, and enjoyed the musical styling of DJ Yaadcore while waiting for the show to begin. The venue held friendly faces, Benjie, nourishing the patrons with his vegetarian Yatties and a variety of natural juices. As well as I-Nation, with his pop-up shop or station. Dj Jimmy Q warmed up the crowd, and enthusiastically introduced the soulful Sevana.

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Sevana

Sevana had us at the edge of our seats, and on the tips of our toes. Her beauty is one thing but her voice is a completely different story, Valentine’s Day is gone but her sweet voice summoned the god of love. The audience held onto her every word and swooned with every note. She began with an unreleased song that was quite personal, and followed with Easy To Breathe. She gave us another unreleased song, No Sleep, which has been growing on me. Sevana introduced Love The Way by asking us to join her in dancing, which we obliged dutifully. She continued to steal the hearts of the patrons, and with every high note in Bit Too Shy, the cupid’s arrow picked new targets. Her next song was her own remix of Protoje’s “Love Gone Cold,” which she’s featured on. This was followed by Carry You, and one of my favourites, Rawle; to which fans danced and sang along, while new fans learnt the lyrics 😉 Continue reading “For The Culture!”

Upcoming Events!

Does the year seem to be moving kinda fast? Or is it just me? I’m thankful nonetheless, hello March. This time of year is actually filled with a variety of events, so take a look at  this list, call up some friends and plan a good time. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

Upcoming Events!

How has February been treating you so far? To put it frankly this has been my worst Reggae Month to date but the month isn’t over, and there’s still more events scheduled. I’ll be sharing a few upcoming events that I know about with you, check them out below. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

Bob Marley 72

Happy Birthday to Mr. Robert Nesta Marley OM, (1945-1981). Today we celebrate a legend, a life cut short quite early, at the age of 36 but to us, to me he still lives on. He brought Reggae music to the world and I’m glad I was born into the culture that Reggae sprung from. To this day his songs have a special mystic about them, every artiste has a different vibe to their music but Bob Marley’s legacy will not be forgotten.

I want to share with you two of my favourite Bob Marley songs, Natural Mystic, and Wait In Vain.

One Love.

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Upcoming Events!

Christmas holiday has officially began for some (like me 😀 ) while others are still confined by ongoing exams. I actually quite enjoy this season, the food, the good vibes and cheerfulness, the family time, but I love going out with my friends as well. Take a look at a couple events happening this week. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

Upcoming Events!

The Christmas Season has officially begun, It’s the best time of the year, simply because my birthday falls in December! There are a lot of events coming up, which aren’t cordial for persons preparing for exams, such as myself. Anyway, the Kingston Music Festival officially begins today, which has various events during it’s week. That along with other events that persons decided to put (before exams) right at the beginning of December are this weekend; take a look. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”