Chronixx’s Unforgettable Anthem: Celebrating 10 Years of ‘Smile Jamaica’ and Its Fortuitous Origins

Back in 2013, the island’s airwaves were captivated by the enchanting tune “Smile Jamaica” by Chronixx. It’s hard to believe that it has been a decade since this mesmerizing hit debuted, which propelled the reggae singer to stardom and remains a fan-favorite to this day.

But what’s the story behind this enduring anthem? Oliver Schrader, one half of the Silly Walks Discotheque duo along with Joscha Hoffman, revealed to our source that the song’s creation was serendipitous rather than the result of meticulous planning.

Schrader described the experience as a once-in-a-lifetime event, explaining that they met Chronixx around the time he released “They Don’t Know.” Having been impressed by the song, they sought out the singer upon arriving in Jamaica and were fortunate to connect with him.

“Smile Jamaica” was set to the ‘Honey Pot’ rhythm, which not only kicked off Silly Walks Discotheque’s foray into independent digital label territory but also marks its anniversary this year. The catchy beat was also featured in tracks by Jah9, Ginjah, Lutan Fyah, Exco Levi, and Kabaka Pyramid.

However, it was “Smile Jamaica” that stole the show, topping BBC Radio 1’s Xtra Charts and accumulating over 52 million views on YouTube. Schrader recalled that Chronixx seemed to know the song would be a hit from the start.

Upon hearing the ‘Honey Pot’ rhythm, Chronixx immediately identified it as the one he had been searching for. Schrader recounted the artist’s eagerness to record the song, brushing aside management’s calls for negotiation and heading straight to the studio. Witnessing the young talent at work, Schrader and his partner couldn’t help but feel emotional, knowing they were part of something truly special.