Soca, sun and skin are the main ingredients to the colourful cocktail that is Jamaica Carnival.
Every year around Christmas time in Jamaica, the whispers of what is to come for the next carnival season begins. When February roles around, the mad rush to reserve costumes, buy boots, make-up appointments and last minute gym memberships commence, LOL.
By the time Easter arrives, the entire island is fully charged with the sexual energy that carnival is so famous for.
Big trucks with loud speakers and hundreds of revelers pour into the streets of Kingston in the name of fun, friends and freedom.
Men, women and children line the sidewalks to see the spectacle of beauty and elation.
Women and men of every curve and contour under the sun, adorned in fantastic feathers, gems, glitter and body paint dance in the streets to Soca, Calypso and Dancehall music until the sun sets. Seasoned Soca artist such as, Machel Mantano, Destra, Bunji Garlin and Patrice Roberts; to name a few, marshal the beats and set the pace for liquor soaked, sun baked Soca fans from start to finish. ‘Bumpas’ role and bodies gyrate with no thought of tomorrow.
The Soca season;each year, is expected to kick off with a big blast and this season should be no different. Check bacchanaljamaica.com for costumes and schedules for the next staging of the event.
Reggae artist Chronixx takes a break from his #RootsAndChalice world tour to get to know the people of Africa, especially its Children. Chronixx is seen here with some of Ethiopia’s youth, while in Piazza Addis Ababa for the Ethiopian leg of the tour.
This image published on Chronixx’s official facebook page features a caption in which he encourages people to let go of their biases and push beyond stereotypes. He encourages “Go and become one with the truth, connect with the people, learn their language, get lost, find your way, let the people feed you, share what you have with them…even if all that you have is your culture.”
Chronixx who has long expressed his deep rooted feelings for the Continent of Africa, displays a love like no other. From the faces of these children it is clear that they have accepted him as one of their own and the love is reciprocated. This sentiment is clearly shared by the thousands of Africans who have been touched by the music and reached out to the artist via social media. Some even liken him to Bob Marley and Joseph ‘Culture’ Hill. “For such is the Kingdom of Heaven,” one can only be humbled by the faces of smiling children.
Chronixx futher encourages ” Don’t be afraid of the people, learn the ways of the streets because a time will come when the bubble of society pop. Then…the rich will be the ones with true survival skills.” It is the roots that makes the tree strong, one must always remember to nourish them.
Chronixx and Zincfence Redemption will close the African leg of their #RootsAndChalice world tour in South Africa. There will be two shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town and they promise to be a massive blowout of spiritual vibes and great Reggae music!! This comes on the back of great reviews for performances in Ethiopia and Kenya. Chronixx and the Zincfence Redemption will be live in concert at Walter Sisulu Square and Grace performing arts center on the 25th and 26th of June respectively. To see more about Chronixx and the Zincfence Redemption tour dates visit http://chronixxmusic.com/tour-dates/.
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