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I went to a sold-out concert in Brixton last night to see a new musician called Chronixx.

The media have hailed this 21-year-old Jamaican kid as the next Bob Marley. Seeing him perform onstage, his presence is something to behold. (He’s got pretty good style too—always in his signature Clarks, white shirt, beanie, and sunglasses.) Not only is he being honored with this title because of his stage presence, but also because Chris Blackwell—the man who forged the careers of Bob Marley, U2, and Grace Jones and founded Island Records—claims it’s Chronixx who made him want to come back to music after 15 years out of the business.

He’s not the only supporter. After appearing on The Tonight Show two weeks ago, Chronixx played a free concert in New York’s Central Park, which Mick Jagger decided to attend for his birthday with all of his children in tow, and Jagger danced like crazy at the side of the stage for the duration of the show. Diplo is also a fan.

Apart from the contagious music, some amazing things about this artist are his wiser-than-his-years morals and view of the world; he promotes education, hard work, and, above all, a happy, peace-loving life. That sounds righteous, but it is in fact all done in a very humble and noncondescending way. Right now, while countries around the world wage war on one another, Chronixx and his Zinc Fence Redemption Band are a welcome change. Peace, love, and understanding, y’all.

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