"The entire island of Jamaica is swelling with pride right now," remarked Jimmy Fallon as he announced Chronixx's appearance on his NBC late-night programme The Tonight Show this past Tuesday to perform his provocative hit single "Here Comes Trouble" for the live studio audience.
I'm sure I speak for everyone in concurring with Fallon that it was indeed a proud moment for us small-islanders witnessing one of our new-generation reggae ambassadors making his American network television debut, groovily introducing his brand of roots-rock-reggae to a new crowd.
Chronixx is a bonafide star and a future icon who reflects a young Peter Tosh and whenever he steps up to the mic we wholly expect tuneful magic and razor-sharp musicality. Not one to let down his admirers, the crooner gave a solid account of himself, his attire a respectable nod to his Rastafarian roots, alongside the Zinc Fence Band, experts of the one-drop reggae aesthetic proving sturdy accompaniment to mach the artist's youthful, fizzing energy.
The likes of Sean Paul, Shaggy and Ziggy Marley have all done time on the US late-night circuit, and Chronixx's gig represents the emergence of new-school Jamaica stepping to the fore to carry on the legacy - and is confirmation of just how fascinating reggae music is to not just Americans (with good tastes) but folks everywhere else for that matter.
I am not the least bit surprised that Chronixx has nabbed this kind of achievement so early in his burgeoning career. In 2012, upon hearing his debut singles "Warrior" and "Behind Curtain", the brilliance of the lyrics and the assuredness of the orchestration belied his freshness on the scene. This was an artist going places.