Chronology of a father

BY RICHARD JOHNSON
Observer senior reporter

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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On the track Big Bad Sound from his soon-to-be-released album Chronology, Chronixx teams with his father, Chronicle, for what both artistes described as a wonderful experience.

The father-son duo combines their distinctly different and contrasting vocals to create what is one of the must-hear tunes on the upcoming set, due to drop on July 7.

“My father is my bredren so it is always that kind of relationship. So it's like working with your bredren, and I always enjoy that. It was a great experience cause I like hearing his voice. Always wished I had a voice like his...but I just have to use what I have,” Chronixx told the Jamaica Observer.

At a recent listening session to familiarise local media with the project, held at the Anchor Recording Studio in St Andrew, Chronicle, whose given name is Selvin McNaughton, was a picture of pride as he watched his son Jamar, the fourth of his seven children, speak and field questions about the project.

“The first time me hear him sing, me know he would go far... because him sing before him talk. So all that a happen for him now.... it was always there. So when me see the places he is going, people him meeting and the things him doing, is like me did know all this would come to pass... 'cause him sing before him talk. Sometimes when me see him touring and stuff me feel overwhelmed, but it had to happen when you see him thinking and him brain and how him use it, plus him have a clean heart; him a go places,” Chronicle mused. “When we went to record the track I had another song in mind and him tell me, 'No, Daddy! I have another song for you,' and him give me this song. I just do it cause him a the boss,” he said before bursting into the refrain from the track... “Tell the youth dem uptown...,” he belts, his voice reminiscent of reggae veteran Barrington Levy.

Chronixx, too, heaped high praises on his father.

“A lot of youths grow up without fathers; I wasn't one of them. I always have to mention how grateful I am to my father, Chronicle, for sticking around with his family. It's not just only about sticking around but also being there for us as a father over the years, encouraging us as young musicians, and also teaching us the ins and outs of the dancehall reality. I think it is always good for a father to extend himself through his children. Teach them your craft, teach them your morals, teach them your spirituality. Let them grow up having you as part of their spirit and their soul. I feel like every child deserves to know where that one half of their being and their inspiration, complexion, height and hair texture... they deserve to know where these things come from.”

The biggest life lesson passed on from father to son is an appreciation of the here and now.

“My father always teach us to see the precious gift that whatever we have is, and not to become too ambitious for whatever we don't have — nuh badda wid because you see a guy have this you want that, and because you see a guy with that a that you want. Instead, think about what you have and what you can create for yourself.”

And it is humility that the elder has learned most from his famous son.

“Him just continue to teach me to just be humble; and respect people. Him get that from me still... him get that from Daddy. I teach him to just be humble, the hype nuh necessary.”

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