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Hot Young Reggae artist Chronixx (@IAmChronixx) to play at Dreamland

In a joint effort with Dreamland in Oak Bluffs, Nectar’s summer concert series is back with the first show of the season by up-and-coming Jamaican reggae revival artist Chronixx and his band, Zincfence Redemption. The doors of Dreamland will open to the 21+ crowd for the show this Thursday, July 3, at 9 pm.

Jamar “Chronixx” McNaughton’s performances feature a smooth voice and stimulating lyrics over Diplo’s Major Lazer-backed mixtapes. The young artist found his musical footing during studio visits with his father, reggae musician Chronicle, where Burro Banton and Gregory Isaacs, among others, became his peers. He wandered the Jamaican music scene performing gospel harmonies in high school for artists Jermaine Edwards and Lutan Fyah and creating rhythms for Icebox and Maverick Records. Now 21 years old, he beckons “Rasta youths” in his lyrics and synth-heavy beats that hint at the coming of a reggae revolution.

City One Sound and DJ Kalif will entertain the crowd before and after the show. Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 at the door. Visit for more information.

Government accused of targetting Dancehall artistes

Popular dancehall entertainer, Beenie Man, whose given name is Moses Davis, has accused the Jamaican government of targetting artistes.

Beenie Man in an interview with Black Entertainment Television, (BET) earlier this month, said this is because of the wealth they have amassed.

He also dismissed notions that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force target artistes.

(I don’t think the Jamaican police profile the artistes like that. I think it’s the Government. The police they like to vibe and flex with us, some police can’t get girls by themselves. But it’s the government…. they don’t like that we live in the big houses and drive big cars and live beside the Prime Minister – I don’t think the Government likes that.”

Beenie Man also alluded to the incarceration of Vybz Kartel.

“The problem is I don’t think it hurt the music, I think has hurt him more. It has hurt us because it’s one more of us behind bars, you have Buju Banton behind bars and Vybz Kartel and they are looking to send away Ninja Man … it hurts every artiste in the business,” Bennie Man said.

JLP predicts failure of next IMF test

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has predicted that the country will fail its next International Monetary Fund (IMF) test because of its growing debt and other challenges.

The assertion comes from Delroy Chuck, the Member of Parliament for North East St Andrew who was the main speaker at the Party’s Area Council One meeting at the Mountain View Primary School in St. Andrew on Sunday.

He said although all IMF tests have been passed so far, the pressure of passing the tests will soon take its toll on the government. Read more

REDjet admits making mistakes

More than two years after REDjet ceased flying to Jamaica and other regional destinations, a former director of the airline has admitted that the carrier’s management made mistakes, but he insists that sabotage played a role in its demise.

While not calling names, Ralph “Bizzy” Williams charged that REDjet’s main competitor, LIAT, was allowed to get away with predatory pricing. He added that aviation authorities in some countries put stumbling blocks in the way of the former Barbados-based airline that its collapse was inevitable.

REDjet first tried to set up operations in Jamaica but moved to Barbados after being denied permission by the Jamaican Government. It lasted just under 12 months in the skies and ceased operations on March 16, 2012 after falling into deep financial trouble. Read more