Tag: Best Reggae Album
Chronixx is calling on dancehall artists to release more positive music.
The reggae singer has been vocal about the type of music he chooses to focus on and often weighs in on other artists music that he thinks are not socially acceptable, including music from controversial figures like Vybz Kartel. Chronixx performed in front a jam-packed crowd at Mas Camp in Kingston last weekend where he took timeout to speak out against crime and to call for his musical counterparts to stop recording violent music.
“Right now the people of Jamaica need fi hear some things and that’s why you have people like us. Music is a choice and every youth have a choice,” Chronixx said. “You can chose what you want to motivate your actions … whole heap a bredren we have weh drop out last week, the week before, the week before that. Warfare a gwaan inna we place and yet still you have some man who willing fi talk bout how much gun dem buss inna dem tune or whatever, like the killing is a joke thing.”
Chronixx recently received his first Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album for his debut LP Chronology. He also picked up a Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence for his contribution to arts and culture.
Chronixx has been having a phenomenal year with the release of his debut album and his hugely successful Chronology tour. So far he has covered North America and the Caribbean with the tour and will be heading to Europe and Africa next.
The Recording Academy released the list of nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards yesterday and JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with eight and seven nominations respectively. They are competing with some other big names in categories like Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. The reggae category doesn’t usually get much publicity overseas but in Jamaica, it’s a big deal and this year we have three local acts vying for the Reggae Grammy.
Chronixx debut album Chronology is widely regarded as one of the best reggae albums released this year. Morgan Heritage also released a very good album, Avrakedabra, and Damian “Jr Gong” Marley’s new LP Stony Hill is also well received. The other two nominees for Best Reggae Album are Wash House Ting by J Boog, and Lost In Paradise by Common Kings.
“When our music is celebrated by our fans, that is the greatest satisfaction an artist can ask for,” Morgan Heritage said in a statement on Instagram. “When your peers consider your music top of the class, it’s just humbling. These are blessings and we’re grateful to Jah for giving us the guidance, health, strength and perseverance to keep spreading this message of peace, love, equality and justice for all mankind. Bless up the @RecordingAcademy @grammypro for recognizing #Avrakedabra!”
This is the first Grammy nomination for Chronixx who is currently one of roots reggae’s most talented artists on the scene right now.