20
Jun

Chronixx & The ZincFence Redemption Capture Land Tour & the Power of Reggae

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By Grace Vanriel

 

Lining every available crook and cranny of the spacious multilevel Irving Plaza concert hall located in downtown Manhattan, it was elbow room only for fans out to see Chronixx and his band ZincFence Redemption on their 2015 “Capture Land Tour.” The concert was jam-packed and only the VIP areas offered slightly more breathing room and seating options and even there, it was an unprecedented crush. It's hard to imagine that as a Reggae act, Chronixx only started touring outside of Jamaica W.I. in 2013, and that by the following year he was already seeing exponential growth of his fan base and receiving a flurry of bookings as he grew in international acclaim but, it's true. With record sales also steadily growing, everything required for a successful music career is in place and pointing towards a prosperous professional future. It's also now impossible to deny that this young, high pitched, lyrically motivated Rastafarian sing-jay calling himself Chronixx and his extraordinarily talented band mates with an unmistakable sound are much more than just fly-by-night one (or two) hit wonders.

 

Creating and singing great Reggae music is one thing. But actually winning the unwavering loyalty of fans is another. Chronixx (born Jamar McNaughton) has been very successful at doing both. While the first-ever EP released by Chronixx in 2010 consisting of seven tracks called Hooked on Chronixx earned him industry respect, the EP did not make him an overnight celebrity. His rise to fame was short but incremental receiving its first incredible boost when he performed on NBC's ‘Tonight Show’ as a special invited guest of show host Jimmy Fallon. The song he chose was already a popular hit single from his second EP Dread and Terrible (2014) called Here Comes Trouble (Rootsman Rhythm). The performance broadcast live on US national television certainly helped catapult Chronixx into a number two spot on the Billboard Digital Reggae Singles chart, and brought him to the attention of American audiences. However, that performance alone does not explain the sheer speed in which he has continued to rise in popularity since that time which is a dream come true for the artist, and Reggae history in the making.

 

Following the Dread and Terrible Tour, the Capture Land Tour is the second major tour undertaken by Chronixx and is so-named after another song on his Dread and Terrible EP. Capture Land continues to build around a theme of unification through increased social consciousness and takes this interesting new celebrity to twenty-one shows across the United States that kicked off on May 23rd at the California Roots Festival and ends on June 20th at the Fillmore in Miami. Enthusiastic New York fans attending the Irving Plaza show, as part of the 2015 Governors Ball After Dark series, arrived early and in full force, waved Ethiopian flags signifying their understanding and unity with the lyrical messages by holding up lighters and singing along with Chronixx as he performed Rastafari inspired Reggae. Chronixx kicked off his generous two hour concert with the song Alpha & Omega and included a number of other outstanding well performed selections namely: Start a Fire, Eternal Fire, Never Give Up, They Don't Know, Most I, Thanks and Praise, Access Granted, Somewhere, Smile Jamaica, and a popular remake of the Inner Circle song featuring Jacob Miller called Tenement Yard (News Carrying Dread). Tastefully sprinkled throughout the set were short thanks and praises to Jah and brief social commentary on subjects that impact our daily lives, making the entire evening a true Roots & Culture Reggae styled presentation.

 

Chronixx and the ZincFence Redemption's obvious love of Reggae music was apparent in their overall presentation at Irving Plaza. Their generous set never faltered in energy characterized by lyrics that created a storyline and most importantly, a seamless ability to move artfully between the traditional Reggae beat to the modernization of the sound that successfully blended older styled presentations with a newer one. Without going into a lengthy debate on the existence of a “Reggae Revival,” at this point I would interject that if by definition the term is narrowed to mean the “popularization of traditional Reggae music” then I would have to agree, a change has come. It was a sight to behold - Reggae lovers attentively watching Chronixx's every movement on stage, absorbing his message, and swaying where they stood clearly transformed by what they saw and heard. The evening was a totally uplifting experience that fed the mind and moved the body.

 

 

 Band Members

 

Jamar "Chronixx" McNaughton, Joshua "Flubz" Jones, Nnamdi Robinson, Elisha Ellis, Hector Lewis, Evan "Yello" Mason, Stephen Coore

 

 

Grace Vanriel is the founder and CEO of the Live Reggae NYC network and co-founder of The Reggaeholics Movement; she is a freelance writer for Where Itz At Magazine, Senior Correspondent for ReggaeReflection.com, CatchTheVybe.com, TheReggaeVibe.com and the Assistant Caribbean Editor for CitiLyfe.com (online and print).

 

Marjorie Flash is the CEO of MyFlash Photography; she is a freelance photojournalist for Where Itz At Magazine, ReggaeReflection.com and contributing photographer for Catchthevybe.com

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11
Jun

Chiwetel Ejiofor Cast As Baron Mordo In Marvel's "Doctor Strange"

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After much speculation that Chiwetel Ejiofor would join the cast of Marvel's "Doctor Strange," Deadline has learned that the acclaimed actor will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange as Baron Mordo.

The Academy Award-nominated Ejiofor, who is best known for his lead role in "12 Years a Slave," was rumored to be up for a "key role" in the Marvel movie back in January. While the Deadline article states that Ejiofor will play Mordo when he "suits up" for "Strange," it still leaves some wiggle room regarding the actor's involvement by saying he's "rumored to be joining the film."

The report also clarifies Mordo's potential role in the film, saying that he may not necessarily be the film's primary antagonist. Deadline states that this version of Baron Mordo will be "an amalgamation of characters culled from Doctor Strange‘s mythology." This mash-up methodology was previously used in "Iron Man 2" for Mickey Rourke's villain Whiplash; the character's civilian identity -- Anton Vanko -- was paired with Whiplash, a separate Iron Man villain.

Additionally, the Deadline article cites Tilda Swinton's role as the gender-and-race swapped Ancient One as another example of a character that's been altered for inclusion in the Scott Derrickson-directed "Doctor Strange." Swinton's involvement, like Ejiofor's, has yet to be confirmed by Marvel.

"Doctor Strange" opens on November 4, 2016.

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08
Jun

REGGAE GOLD 2015 WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 17, 2015

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The Genre's Top Selling Annual Compilation Features Today's Hits in Pop, Reggae, Dancehall, Roots and Lover's Rock 

Compilation Includes an Eclectic Mix of Artists Including 
Magic, Eddie Murphy,  Beres Hammond, Spice ft. Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Gyptian, Romain Virgo, Dexta Dups, Inner Circle ft. Chronixx & Jacob Miller, Etana, Queen Ifrica, Ikaya, Toian, Jah 9, Jah Cure & Gully Bop

 

 

For over 20 years, the world's #1 Caribbean music compilation Reggae Gold brings the genre's top hits into one must-have collection for the masses. 2015's installment, out July 17, 2015 on VP Records, is filled with the season's freshest sounds in roots, dancehall, lover's rock and pop-fused reggae from a diverse group of talent.

From the Canadian pop supergroup Magic's #1 Billboard single "Rude" to comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy's return to reggae on his latest single "Oh Jah Jah," (following his 1993 Shabba Ranks collab "I Was A King") - there is no shortage of crossover appeal on Reggae Gold 2015.

This year's installation features a multitude female artists reigning in reggae today - from emerging stars like the Rastafarian singer Jah9  ("Avocado"), reggae pop princesses' Toian ("Love It") and Ikaya ("My Man") to Jamaica's leading ladies, like dancehall diva Spice ("Conjugal Visit" ft. Vybz Kartel), the soulful songstress Etana ("I Rise") and roots reality lyricist Queen Ifrica ("I Can't Breathe"). The latter song carries a strong message to stop police brutality and racial profiling worldwide.

The set also delves into exclusive new music from Jamaica's top male artists. Jah Cure reveals his latest single "Made In California" off his upcoming album The Cure and the legendary crooner Beres Hammond delivers his stellar new anthem "Jamaican International Dance." Singer-songwriter Christopher Martin turns heads with the island's chart climber "I'm A Big Deal," while overnight sensation Gully Bop proves ground with his popular tracks " My God Dem Nuh Bad Like We" and "Body Specialist." Dancehall star Busy Signal drops lyrical fire on the flirtatious fun track "Text Message," and Gyptian unveils his latest steamy single "All On Me." Every song counts on this collection.
 

REGGAE GOLD 2015 TRACK LISTING
Magic - Rude
Jah Cure - Made In California
Beres Hammond - Jamaican International Dance
Christopher Martin - I'm A Big Deal
Gully Bop - My God Dem Nuh Bad Like We
Gully Bop - Body Specialist
Busy Signal - Text Message
Ding Dong - Syvah
Gyptian - All One Me
Dexta Daps - Morning Love
Spice ft. Vybz Kartel - Conjugal Visit
Toian - Love It
Ikaya - My Man
Jah 9 - Avocado 
Romain Virgo - Stars Across The Sky
Yahsha - Karma
Etana - I Rise
Eddie Murphy - Oh Jah Jah
Queen Ifrica - I Can't Breathe
Inner Circle ft. Chronixx & Jacob Miller - Tenement Yard (News Carrying Dread)
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08
Jun

STEPHEN "RAGGA" MARLEY REVEALS FULL TOUR DATES + BRAND NEW VIDEO

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STEPHEN "RAGGA" MARLEY REVEALS FULL TOUR DATES + BRAND NEW VIDEO 

FOR "GHETTO BOY" FEAT. BOUNTY KILLER & COBRA

AVAILABLE NOW ON iTUNES 

Bob Marley's Son & Grammy-Winning Musician Joins Convo About Ongoing Cycle of Crime & Violence #BreakTheCycle
 
Stephen "Ragga" Marley - the eight-time Grammy winner and multi-talented singer/ songwriter/musician/producer - announces headlining tour and releases the brand new video for his latest single "Ghetto Boy" ft. Bounty Killer & Cobra. The track is available now on iTunes and will be featured on his forthcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life
 
WATCH/POST Stephen "Ragga" Marley "Ghetto Boy" ft. Bounty Killer & Cobra video now:
 
 
 
 
 
The compelling visual, which was shot in Jamaica and directed by Shaun Escayg, captures the perpetuating cycle of violence and crime that can start from an early age. "Why is gun violence happening on a global scale? When, where, and what age does it start? We see the U.S. media addressing it now to a certain degree, but this is happening all over the world, with or without the cameras rolling. We need to get to the root of the problem, starting from the top down to break the cycle," Stephen told Esquire, who premiered the "scorching" song earlier this month.

In support of his upcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, Marley will kick off his multi-city tour on August 1 to headline California's annual festival Reggae On The River. He continues to perform along the Golden Coast, then travels to Europe for a short stint of festival and club dates. He heads back to the United States on August 29 for the Catch A Fire Tour with his brother and co-headliner Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley and Ghetto Youths crew members Jo Mersa and Black-Am-I will also be joining the Catch A Fire bill for the star-studded reggae tour that spans the whole country until the end of September. See full tour schedule below.
 
 
TOUR SCHEDULE:
Sat. Aug 01 in Garberville, CA @ Reggae On the River 2015
Sun. Aug 02 in Avila Beach, CA @ Avila Beach Amphitheater
Mon. Aug 03 in Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Tue.Aug 04 in Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Fri. Aug 07 in Landerneau, France @ Esplanade De Le Petite Palud
Sat. Aug 08 in Bordeaux, France @ Reggae Sun Ska Festival
Sun. Aug 09 in Lokeren, Belgium @ Lokerse Feesten
Tue. Aug 11 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg (The Max)
Fri. Aug 14 in Winchester, UK @ Boomtown Festival
Sun. Aug 16 in Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^
Sat. Aug 29 in Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center For the Performing *
Sun. Aug 30 in New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *
Sep 3 in Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
Sep 4 in Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier *
Sep 5 in Vienna, VA @ The Filene Center at Wolf Trap *
Sep 6 in Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage *
Sep 9 in Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre *
Sep 11 in Kansas City, MO @ The Crossroads *
Sep 12 in Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze Plaza *
Sep 15 in Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium *
Sep16 in Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
Sep 18 in Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheatre *
Sep 19 in Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park *
Sep 20 in Boise, ID @ Revolution Center *
Sep 22 in San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre *
Sep 24 in Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas *
Sep 25 in Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl *

 
 
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05
Jun

WIN A TICKET TO SEE CHRONIXX AT THE GOVERNORS BALL AFTER-PARTY AT IRVING PLAZA ON JUNE 6!

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Courtesy of Live Nation, our Alliance Partner Live Reggae NYC is giving away 2 tickets to see Chronixx LIVE in concert at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003 on Saturday June 6, 2015 - Doors at 11 PM. Winners will receive notification via Email and announced on Facebook! The contest ends on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 12 midnight!

HOW TO WIN!

Tell us in 25 words or less why you'd like to attend the Chronixx concert!!! Write to LiveReggaeNYC@gmail.com including your full legal name (& your name if different on Facebook); in the subject bar write I LOVE CHRONIXX no later than 12 midnight!

 

*Winners can pick up their FREE ticket at the Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003 with the presentation of appropriate ID

*Tickets are non-transferable

 

Eligibility:

  • This is an "any age" concert however to enter this giveaway you must 18 years of age and older with photo I.D.

  • Legal resident of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia

  • You must be a current member of this Live Reggae NYC page

  • You may only enter only once for a chance to win

  • You agree to be placed on a mailing list associated with future promotions/giveaways

 

Disclaimers:

  • This promotional giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

 

Limitations of Liability:

  • IN NO EVENT WILL LIVE REGGAE NYC, EVENT PRODUCERS, SPONSORS, OR THEIR SHAREHOLDERS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES AND RELATED COMPANIES, ITS ADVERTISING OR PROMOTION AGENCIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST.

 

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Images

Febuary 12 2015

1 Amid The Noise And Haste SOJA

2 Monk Monte Machel Montano

3  Fly Rasta Ziggy Marley

4 Count Me In Rebelution

5 Music Unites Vol. 4: Reggae Around The World Various Artists

6 Alter Ego Lady Saw

7 Hawai'i 13 The Green

8 Kingston City New Kingston

9 Strictly The Best, Volume 50 Various Artists

10 Soul Riot The Lions