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CHRONIXX (@IAmChronixx) Tops Reggae Album Chart Following ‘Tonight Show’ & Central Park Performances

Two recent high-profile performances in New York City by Jamaica’s most talked about reggae artist, Chronixx, have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay. Chronixx (b. Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence Redemption made their U.S. television debut on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 22 performing their single “Here Comes Trouble.”

While holding a copy of Chronixx’s current EP Dread and Terrible, an enthusiastic Fallon told his audience he’d heard the upbeat Rasta anthem “Here Comes Trouble” while vacationing in Jamaica at Goldeneye Resort and Hotel owned by Island Records founder-turned-hotel-and-rum magnate Chris Blackwell. (Earlier this year, Chronixx signed a publishing deal with Blackwell’s Blue Mountain Publishing). Fallon inquired about the artist and subsequently booked him to perform on the show, four days ahead of the artist’s free concert on July 26 as part of Central Park’s annual SummerStage series, produced by the City Parks Foundation. Read more

Reggae Night at Carter Barron: Jam with Junior Marvin

Feb. 14, 1977, was the greatest Valentine’s Day of Junior Marvin’s life. The Jamaican-born guitarist, who headlines Reggae Night at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre on Friday, was living in London and had an appointment that day with Chris Blackwell, the head of Island Records.

Before he left his apartment, his telephone rang. It was Stevie Wonder. Wonder’s guitarist was leaving and had recommended Marvin as a replacement, so the American R&B star was offering Marvin the job. Marvin begged for a few hours to think about it and rushed off to his appointment with Blackwell.

Blackwell took him into an apartment in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood; sitting with his back turned was a man in long dreadlocks. Read more