The hugely popular Roots & Chalice mixtape was roots artist Chronixx's musical offering for 2016. The tape, made in collaboration with Brooklyn's Federation Sound, spawned four hit singles, two music videos and an extensive tour. Chronixx and manager Barnz reflect on their 2016 travels across five continents and share their favourite moments.
"The Roots & Chalice Tour was good in terms of experiencing performance on a new level and understanding music on a whole new level," Chronixx says of the journey last year. "Since we started the whole Roots and Chalice tour, we went to Mexico, Japan - alongside Mighty Crown - UK, Africa - we did Uganda, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Johannesburg and Cape Town. In Europe we did Brussels, Barcelona and many other places." A mini-west coast US tour bookended the ventures in other territories, including groundbreaking appearances at Austin City Limits Festival and the world-renowned Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Visiting new environments, countries and crossing continents proved very beneficial for the Jamaican. "It has been a very educational experience going to a lot of new places and experiencing new culture," he shares. "Having new revelations and new confirmations for things that I have been reading and studying over the years."
Invaluable musical lessons were also learnt. 2016 saw the young roots musician spread his music to festivals which don't always include reggae on their line-up. These opportunities also enabled him to play alongside some of the biggest and most influential music acts in history. "We've had great musical experiences also; performing alongside great musicians like Nile Rodgers, Busta Rhymes, and The Stone Roses and Public Enemy at the Manchester City stadium," he reflects with joy. "Great musicians who we have learnt a lot from them just by being in the same environment as them."
Barnz, Chronixx's manager, spent much of the time on the road with the band. He too was pleased with what they had accomplished. "The vibe was very good, welcoming and warm," he says. "We shared the music with people across the world. Different culture and backgrounds but one music and one message."
Chronixx added to the comments made by Barnz. "The tour was a great experience and we give thanks every time," he said, ever grateful for the opportunity to play music and spread the message to jovial and appreciative crowds across the world.
Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption Band will be on the road in 2017. Keep your eyes on the Live section of ChronixxMusic.com