Chronixx: ‘African is not all that I am’

When I woke up this morning and scrolled through my Twitter feed, one of the first Tweets I saw was a video article of the music artist Chronixx discussing his thoughts & feelings on the current race debate.

I just had to write something on here, and may make these types of posts an ongoing shorter feature for various articles I find on my travels.

Now there’s a few reasons I wanted to write about this:

In just 3 minutes 18 seconds, Chronixx touches on so many fundamental points that need to be reviewed by all of us, including me, as we move through this time.

Chronixx is one of my favourite reggae artists out there, and more people should know about him and others!

One objective I have whilst writing this blog is to share the world of reggae, where 9/10 responses to my interest is a reference to Bob Marley, and the conversation ends dead, right there.

Bob Marley is indisputably one of the best, but as an instant reaction from someone outside the culture this can often feel like just another unconscious biases that come into play when I try to discuss anything relating to black culture, and more often than not this is when I’m then asked when I moved here from Jamaica!

The Video

“If you ever see someone protesting, and it resembles what happened in the 90s, and the 80s, and the 70s, and the 60s, and the 40s. […] We’re still in need of something fresh.”

Have you ever heard words more true than this?! Racism, micro-aggressions, and unconscious bias may not be so direct anymore or as obvious, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exists.

In my longer posts throughout this journey the topics I write about aren’t just relevant now. The experiences I’ve faced have happened over the course of my whole life, and repetitively! I was born in 1991, and these themes are very much alive and kicking!

My parents always recall a time when they took me to Florida when I was 5. Frequently, people would give them looks or comments to suggest that a black man shouldn’t be with a white woman, and that having a mixed-raced child was somehow forbidden.

This type of racism isn’t so direct anymore, but just less than 3 years ago Stacey & I faced this ourselves whilst in a café minding our own business ordering food instead of having breakfast at home from an older man that wouldn’t stop staring and kept shaking his head at us. It’s horrible and it needs to change, we shouldn’t face this whilst eating breakfast out of the house, and it makes you nervous to go back to places again.

“Don’t think of yourself as a Chinese alone or as an African alone. We are something even bigger than that.”

Chronixx also discusses other extremely important topics such as moving away from social media, and feeling grass under your feet if your scenery is a concrete jungle. His words are truly moving, and I would encourage you to watch all 3 minutes 18 seconds in its entirety.

The Artist

I stumbled across Chronixx for the first time whilst playing GTA V in its initial release in 2013, his song ‘Odd Ras’ was on ‘Blue Ark’ radio which I would listen to constantly whilst playing that game!

Since then, Chronixx has been a prominent music artist on all of my playlists. My favourite songs amongst many are ‘Odd Ras’, ‘Here Comes Trouble’, and ‘Who Knows ft. Chronixx’.

This drop-in to 1Xtra often plays on my headphones whilst I write documents at work, so I thought I’d share it here as it’s not as accessible as his music that can be found on most streaming services.

Links

Tweet: Chronixx pon @BBCNewsbeat’

BBC: Chronixx: Our generation needs a new type of protest

Wikipedia: Chronixx

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