Chronixx's Captureland Takes Two!
Captureland Tour, Jamaica 2015
On the cusp of dropping the highly anticipated mixtape, Roots & Chalice, Chronixx and the ZincFence Redemption returned to his birthplace with a 3 day/3 cities leg of The Capture Land Jamaica Tour. The tour kicked off in Spanish Town on Friday, December 18, then to Manchester on December 19, before it headed to Falmouth on December 20 to spark up the Martha Brae Rafting Village.
The four tickets I was able to snag for my posse to the final show in Falmouth was the best decision I could have made to top off my annual Jamaica trip! When we pulled up into the parking lot out front of Martha Brae's rafting wharf, we were enamored by the scene of middle-aged adults with camping chairs, lined up to watch the freshly turned 23-year-old sweet serenader, Chronixx. The burly rottweilers, with their security guard humans directing traffic, also seemed ready for the action that was to hit the serene setting at any moment. My crew and I left the line and walked down to the rafts to stretch our legs and hold ah vibez before the gates to the show opened. It was refreshing to stand at the edge of the waterside and feel the water splash our legs as several athletic-built, Rasta youths backflipped off of their rafts into the deep green waters. Watching these guys become synchronized with the waves of Martha Brae's flowing river, it brought to fruition just what Chronixx's music professes: peace, love, and unity.
With a start time of 6:00pm, my friend, Joshua, made sure to get my two girlfriends and I to the venue by 5:30pm to secure our place in line. Standing outside the rafting wharf, we saw that Chronixx drew out people from all walks; like the giddy crop-top wearing teenage girls with their boyfriends in tow right down to the silky loc'd, ganga-burning hipsters with tents perched conveniently between the stage and the Ital food vendors. After waxing off my 'blend up' juice and lentil patty, it was time to see the main performance!
The band, Pentateuch, set the mood for the evening with a powerful set of conscious roots songs. They had the crowd’s full attention and fists raised while people chanted along to songs like “Black Face” and “Kingston.” The positive vibration continued to flow when the “Small Axe” himself, Jesse Royal, hit the stage in dub style to bless the audience with more socially conscious lyrics and catchy hooks. All hands (along with some lighters) were in the air as Royal sang and dropped some legs to tunes such as “Cool and Deadly,” “This Morning,” and “Modern Day Judas.”
Nothing could prepare us for the magic that we were to witness for the next hour and a half when Chronixx and his extremely talented band, ZincFence Redemption, touched the stage. His act begun with an unforgettable galactic backdrop which soon transformed into a large holographic projection of Emperor Haile Selassie I and to a lion, symbolic of the ‘conquering lion of the tribe of Judah’ in Rasta faith. It was unlike any reggae show I’ve been to in that the spectacular visual display, coupled with the conscious raising, thought-provoking roots music made for one heck of a revolutionary concert experience.
Spliffs and cellphones alike were held high as he poured out vocals to songs like “Like A Whistle,” “Here Comes Trouble,” and “Smile Jamaica.” The ‘lyrical jockey’ had us going down memory’s lane when as he paid tribute to his elders by performing classics and renditions of Jacob Miller’s “Sweat,” Inner Circle “Tenement Yard,” and Lady Saw’s “Sycamore Tree.” As if our craving wasn’t more than satiated, Chronixx gave us an extra treat by bringing out the lioness, Kelissa, to perform her uptempo track Winna, which he’s featured on. The ‘Steam Ministah” in his closing reminded us that the music is his message, with the message being love. From start to finish, there was nothing but love coming from the evening’s world-renowned selector, Yaadcore, all the artists, and the ‘upfullness’ of the audience. If the Capture Land performance was an indicator of what Chronixx’s first album is expected to be like, send on 2016, wi seh!