Pictorial: The Pulse Island, a Perfect Kingston Beach at the Pulse Jam Fest

By far one of the most vibrant locations at the Pulse Jam Fest, was the Pulse Island. With respect to all the other lit locations at the Fest, the Island dispelled that Caribbean vibe that would put you in the mood for Chronixx right away. White sand, a Canoe named Pulse MV, a bar, hula hoops and more, all in one place. Precisely, replica of a turnt Kingston Beach, in Uganda.

 

Photos taken by: Bash Mutumba

Pulse Rewind: Jamaican Superstar Chronixx Leaves Ugandans Yearning for More Reggae

Chronixx’ second time in Uganda was a much anticipated one, and the humble Rasta wasn’t planning on anything close to disappointing his Kampala fans who were eagerly waiting to skank to some sweet reggae music.

On June 29th in the Sheraton Kampala Hotel gardens, an epic show was staged by Jamar McNaughton and his Zinc Fence Redemption Band, and it will surely linger in the minds, hearts and souls of those that witnessed it.

 

By as early as midday, reggae die hards had already started flocking the venue and performances from support acts started in the afternoon. Beenie Gunter, Nina Roz, all cheered the crowds up, before the main act hit the stage. Legends like Cindy and her band, Weasel, Jose Chameleone, Vampino, Rabadaba and Maddox Sematimba also performed their legacy hits for the nostalgic audience.

One heartwarming moment was the brief reunion of the Benon and Vampos duo, which saw Benon Mugumbya, now an artist manager, get back on stage to perform the evergreen reggae song “I Know” featuring Vampino. Maddox Sematimba’s set was of course as electric as always.

By 9pm, Zion Fence Redemption was already setting up the tools and upto 1 a.m in the morning, Chronixx pulled off a picturesque delivery of his signature “Reggae Revival” music brand. “Skanking Sweet”, “Smile Jamaica”, “Who Knows”, “Tenement Yard” and other hits, left party people on their tippy toes.

Photos taken by: Bash Mutumba

What to Wear For the MTN Pulse Jam Fest Ft Chronixx

It is just two days to the Pulse Fest Jam at Sheraton Hotel Gardens in Kampala and we cannot wait, can we? The Jamaican Reggae artist is already in the country and he promises a crazy party that day.

Well, as we prepare to turn up, MTN Pulse has lined up packs of goodies for Pulsers that will rock the reggae fashion style that day and here is what you should have at the back of your mind for you to be able to win such goodies.

The reggae/ Rastafarian style of dressing is oriented around the African culture. The pan-African colours of green, yellow and red are the definition of this type of clothing. Find a clothing with these colours for the fest and you will be going home with goodies.

 

If you can not find that, there is a simpler alternative. We understand that the late Bob Marley is the most well known reggae artist – if you can find any t-shirt or clothing with Bob Marley’s image, you’ll be in among the Pulsers to walk away with goodies.

something like the image above.

Are you an accessories person, find any that you own that are in red, yellow, green or black and combine them to come up with that Rastafarian style. You too will have clinched the required dress code for winners of Pulse goodies.

Lastly, if all the above fail, get yourself a wool hat or socks or scarf that reflects the reggae theme colours for the night. And you too shall be a winner. We have so many goodies to give out and you shouldn’t miss out because you couldn’t find green, yellow, and red.

As you wait for Saturday, enjoy Chronixx’s album Chronology on Tidal. Ticket prices for the show are 40K ordinary and 100K VIP. See you there.

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Chronixx

Jamaican reggae artist Jamar McNaughton aka Chronixx, has such a huge fan base in East Africa, thanks to his smash hits like “Smile Jamaica”, “Spanish Town Rockin’”, “Here Comes Trouble” and many more; but how much do you know about the 26 year old dread locked star? With this, I bring you the top 5 things you probably didn’t know about Chronixx.

1. His father was a singer
I guess it is true what they say, “The Apple doesn’t fall far away from the tree.” The sweet Reggae music Chronixx gives us is not by mistake. It is an inborn talent, inherited from his father, Selvin McNaughton.

2. He was given his stage name Chronixx after his father
I know you must be thinking, “Of course one always gets one’s name from one’s father”, but Chronixx’s father wasn’t just a dad passing a surname to an offspring. He was a musician called Chronicle, and his son was nicknamed Little Chronicle, and later Chronixx.

 

3. He wrote his first song at age 5
Unbelievable but true. Chronixx’s extraordinary talent showed itself when he was a toddler. At just 5, he penned his first song, “Rice Grain”, and since then, his supportive father nurtured his genius and enabled him record his first song at 11 years of age.

4. Started producing at 14
Growing up close to big names in the music industry, Jamar was a very exposed kid, and by the age of 14, he was already producing music for other artistes.

5. Received a Grammy nomination on first album
His debut album “Chronology”, received a Grammy award nomination. This was such a great achievement for a young man born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, who grew up with a dream to be a star.

Chronixx will be headlining at the Pulse Jam Fest at Sheraton Gardens on June 29th and you can listen to his album Chronology on Tidal. Pulsers are eligible to enjoy a discount of 30k  on ticket prices before 25th June by dialing *157*5# and Non – Pulsers will pay 40k and 100k for VIP.