Reggae singer Chronixx upsets Jamaican politician Lisa Hanna on Twitter
Reggae artiste Chronixx has upset Culture Minister Lisa Hanna, after referring to the Jamaican Government as being ‘dumb’ and also implying that he was laughing at their policies.
According to the reggae artiste, known for his social conscious lyrics, the Jamaican Government is yet to provide a venue for live music, yet reggae music remains the main Jamaican product celebrated by foreigners.
“Good morning Chronixx, you’re smiling! No, I’m laughing. I’m laughing at the Jamaica government! And the poor people who applaud them and hang orange and green flags outside their board houses and on trees planted on “capture land”.
“I’m laughing at this dumb government who have never erected a live music venue in honour of reggae music even though it is the only reason why people is still visiting this beautiful island of bankruptcy.”
“I’m laughing because I know something that ‘they don’t know.”
“Miss Hanna and Mr … I can never remember his name. I think it’s time we sit and listen what the artistes have learnt from the rest of the world. #linkup” – Chronixx via Twitter.
Chronixx also sold the idea that the Jamaican Government is not as productive at policy-making decisions, when compared to other countries, even within the region.
The artiste posted a picture endorsing a Trinidad-based company called Trinidad Hemp Company; hemp is the non-psychoactive variant of the cannabis plant.
Along with the post, he implied that other countries were leading Jamaica, using his songs Smile Jamaica and Warrior as sound tracks to support his opinion.
“Smile for me JAMAICA government. Rest a di world 10 steppa, 10 step ahead a dem! Respect to the Trini Every time! A logo for a feasibility study on hemp technologies in Trinidad.” – Chronixx via Twitter.
Chronixx appears to have ruffled Hanna’s feathers when he criticised the Government for not creating a suitable venue in Jamaica for live music.
The taunting from the reggae artiste was apparently too much for Minister Hanna, and she decided to reply in similar fashion. According to the minister, the music industry has benefited from the Jamaican Government via trade and investments. She also implied that only some politicians should be thrown under the bus, implying that ‘others’ are actually working to make Jamaica a better place.
“I love your music and your passion. However, I want to remind you, that both yourself and other artistes are benefiting today from the trade agreements now in place for cultural and creative services.”
“Just a month ago I concluded a meeting on foreign trade for cultural services as already many of our cultural goods have zero tariffs for international trade.”
“What we need is more young people to get involved in the business of culture. I have been putting the resources to train our young people. Over 9,000 this year.”
“I have personally called you and left messages on your phone and never got a response. Because I would like to hear your ideas that can be implemented.”
“Stop blaming and lumping all politicians together. It’s unfair and untrue. Blessed love.” – Lisa Hanna
Chronixx has been doing the international rounds in recent months. He appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight’s Show on NBC in July and played several of the European summer festivals.
Chronixx’s EP, Dread & Terrible, was number one on the Billboard Reggae Album chart.