Chronixx Light Up Kampala Pulse Jam Fest | Review

Jamaican singer ups the ante with his infectious music on the same day of his fifth year anniversary issue of his debut set, Dread & Terrible Project.

By: Embukane Libosso – @The Events Kahuna

“Give thanks that this music can still unite the people,” said Chronixx, standing before his fans in Uganda’s capital, Kampala at the Sheraton Hotel Gardens on Saturday night.

In celebration of music and the good vibes that come with the Reggae tones, Talent Africa in collaboration with MTN Uganda, threw down the Pulse Jam Fest where homegrown talents like Cindy, Beenie Gunter, Vampino and the legendary Maddox Sematimba took to the stage first to curtain raise for the Jamaican star headliner.

Snaking our way into the gardens, it was clear this was no ordinary reggae show. Chronixx has quietly built his own movement and we have been a witness to that, bracing a 13-hour bus ride from Nairobi to be here. Backed by his six-piece Zincfence Redemption band, who had quietly plugged in their instruments, before striking up their signature opening theme and welcoming Chronixx who presented one of his most popular song catalogue, everyone literally sang along to his songs.

Zincfence Redemption led by the liberal sprinklings of Hector Lewis’ on percussion, made his intro into a perfect roaring sea of humanity.

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Rocking an African print t-shirt, with blue pants and black sneakers with no socks on, and holding the people with his enigmatic smile, Chronixx pressed on conscious of the 12am midnight curfew.

The crowd demanded to dance along to the single ‘Likes,’ and Hector “Roots” Lewis joined Chronixx in the dance to a thunderous applause from the crowd. While all of the songs were well received, the sheer roars and ear-spitting whistles and air horns, coupled with flag waves, the sweating heaving Sheraton Gardens exploded when Chronixx went into sound system vibes with ‘Spanish Town Rocking’ spiced with follow up freestyles.

The Jamaican singer ups the ante with his infectious music on the same day of his fifth year anniversary issue of his debut set, Dread & Terrible Project. Staying rock still, he light up the venue with the seminal project’s classic hits, including “Here Comes Trouble”, “Capture Land” and “Spirulina.”Closing the night’s set with “Legend.” Chronixx urged the stage lights to be switched off.

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In a message of black unity and history, Chronixx reminded the children of Africa of H.I.M Haile Selassie 1966 visit to Jamaica. He yelled Sudan showing his awareness to the pro-democracy protesters plight in the capital, Khartoum. He urged the children of Africa to pray for another and look beyond tribal divisions, “Africa is the greatest!” Chronixx, told those in the crowd as they swayed in the night air waving cellphones, before he sang ‘Legend.’ In the song Chronixx hopes that one person will remember him for trying to make a change.

Following the Buju Banton welcome home show in Jamaica, Chronixx will link up with Beres Hammond and Buju Banton back in Jamaica once more for the long anticipated Reggae Sumfest in yet another line up guaranteed for a night of history with Reggae’s leading contemporary legends.

And with last year’s sold-out show in London’s Alexandra Palace, Chronixx will perform in Leeds and Manchester this August. Saturday 10 August sees the Jamaican joined by Hak Baker at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse. Sunday 11 August will be Leeds’ turn when the Spanish Town-native is joined by fellow roots revolutionary, Kabaka Pyramid. You can also catch Chronixx and Zincfence Redemption Band at Boomtown Festival.

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