The Jamaica Observer reports on 23 year-old reggae musician Chronixx—whose real name is Jamar Rolando McNaughton, Jr.—his participation at Coachella, his positive message about reggae, and his focus on personal uplift and non-violence. The article underlines that the singer sees himself in the tradition of roots reggae, stressing that his music is an integral part of the Rastafarian faith. See excerpts here:
As a crowd dominated by young Americans swayed under the hot California sun, Chronixx roused them with his relentlessly positive explanation of reggae. “Reggae music is good for the spirit. It is good for the heart,” the Jamaican singer declared in his ever-mellow voice at the Coachella festival.
At 23, Chronixx is at the forefront of what some music industry players consider to be a revival of reggae, which became a global mass movement starting in the 1970s under legends such as Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs and Pete Tosh, but which had been overtaken in its Jamaican birthplace by the more aggressive dancehall genre.
Chronixx – whose father Chronicle is a dancehall singer – started off as a producer and offers a modern musical update to the classic reggae sound, with a dash of soul in his voice and harmonies, while the rhythms show a love of hip-hop. [. . .] “Reggae music is a music that was born out of a spiritual awakening in Jamaica,” Chronixx told AFP at Coachella, which runs for two consecutive weekends with identical line-ups. “It has that spiritual element within it. It is part of us trying to be innovative and be creative and have reverence in the spirit that gave us this music,” he said. [. . .]