I woke up to all sorts of ‘reputable’ media houses reporting this regarding Chronixx and his team this morning;
From http://www.one876entertainment.com among others. “Chronixx go farrin go hype pon some white security guards and get beaten to a pulp. Him tink say ah Kingston him de weh people frighten fi him?”
The so called report:
“At a reggae concert in Paris France at the La Cigale venue this past Sunday the 6th, the performers (Barrington Levy, Chronixx, Kelissa, Dre Island and French Roses Band) and their immediate parties were all asked to wear identifying armbands in order to have access to the stage and back stage areas.
But according to an eyewitness, Chronixx and his party refuse to wear the armbands and proceeded to rough up the security guards. After his performance was over and unbeknownst to him, a group of guards with high powered weapons and baseball bats were waiting in the wings for them. It was reported that the beating that Chronixx and his posse suffered was horrendous, they ran for their lives and sought refuge in a chateau. The occupants of the chateau hid them and had to call for the French Authorities in order to save them.”
Okay…here’s what bothers me. I have been in this biz for decades. Never have I reported anything until it was confirmed. If confirmed and it show my people in a dirty light, I usually just let it pass.
To each his own though, right. If you’re going to report, at least if you’re not going to do some homework…just report and leave the judgment to the side. Let your readers comment as they see fit and you remain neutral. Being able to afford and maintain a website, newspaper, or radio station doesn’t a journalist make.
My first thoughts were…is this a pr stunt? Then I looked into it and thought about the caliber of artist Chronixx is. The level of professionalism that Chronixx and Zync Fence has been bringing forth the past few years. Then, with their career being so successful and recently topping the Billboard Reggae Chart, why would a stunt be necessary. Didn’t make sense.
Then I thought about slander. Someone was trying to shed a negative light on Chronixx and his team…on reggae, on Jamaica. So I opted to wait and see because we all know the truth can never hide. I got into it across the net this morning to because the HOW SOON YOU FORGET was apparent. The same people who a big up Chronixx one day a the same ones ready to jump ship and watch this young man’s name get tarnished the next.
Lots of posts from lots of people. Ummm. Makes you wonder.
Why can’t we have a shred of loyalty for one another? Since we all know that when the message of truths and rights get out, we have to expect all sorts of propaganda…why was anyone surprised. If Chronixx and im team did buss off some face inna Paris, I know it would have been justified. More time babylon haffi get beaten. But to say they were beaten badly with bats and guns and all dem tings is another story. Too much hype iyah. Unnu tink a suh rasta easy fi beat?
Anyway…I received this press release via my email.
Please read it. No matter what…Chronixx a mi artist.
I pray that Jah guide and protect them.
The hating has officially started. It means they are doing something right!
April 15, 2014
Chronixx “Dread & Terrible Tour” is alive and well
This is an official statement from Chronixx Music Group, the managers and booking agents for Chronixx.
Members of the Chronixx Music Group management team are currently on tour with Chronixx for the Dread & Terrible European Tour which features Chronixx, Kellissa, and Dre Island. We have been present at all concert performances presented so far, as we are responsible for the supervision of all aspects of the artists’ production, presentation and security on tour. Our responsibilities including interface with show promoters and personnel hired by them.
It has come to our attention that a false report is being circulated by Platinum Camp by way of an email under the name of the Platinum Camp CEO. This false report includes a story alleging that Chronixx and members of his team were beaten by security personnel after their performance at La Cigale in Paris on April 6, following an alleged earlier altercation between the team members and the security providers for the show.
We would like to take this opportunity to categorically state that there was no altercation whatsoever between members of the Chronixx team and security providers at the show. There was also no incident involving Chronixx or any member of his team where anyone was beaten, nor was there any incident involving security personnel with high powered weapons and baseball bats as alleged in the report above mentioned. The “Dread & Terrible Tour” has continued with successful performances by Chronixx, Dre Island and Kelissa in various cities around Europe every night since the April 6th date in Paris. There are now 4 more dates remaining before the tour ends on April 20.
We consider the false report issued by Platinum to be not only unprofessional and irresponsible, but also very damaging to the credibility and good name of Chronixx and members of the Chronixx Music Group team. We have therefore consulted our attorney and will be seeking to have all necessary action taken to have this false report corrected, and any damage done repaired.