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Niko Chromatic

BY SIMONE MORGAN-LINDO
Observer reporter

Friday, November 24, 2017

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AILING selector DJ Niko Chromatic is expected to undergo a kidney operation in Cuba late next month or early January.

Speaking with the Jamaica Observer earlier this week, Niko's girlfriend, Kimberly Mais, said things are looking optimistic.

“We really appreciate all the help that we have gotten so far and we were able to raise the funds that was needed for the operation's cost,” she said.

A chunk of the selector's US$50,000 medical fee was generated from last Saturdays staging of a charity event dubbed Dancehall for a Cause. Mais stated that ticket sales leading up to the event was mainly responsible for the little over $2 million raised.

Held at the Triple Century Car Park in New Kingston, the event was hosted to raise funds for Niko Chromatic, who is in dire need of a kidney transplant. He has been battling the illness since 2015.

The concert attracted a huge turnout of supporters, including dancehall artistes like Tommy Lee Sparta, Vershon, Dexta Daps, and Bugle. However, there were hardly any live performances as police pulled the plug on the event close to 3:00 am, much to the disappointment of those present.

“We were really disappointed, but we are still thankful that the event was held. I really hope that the police would grant us a time extension because of the cause and I have seen other events ended way later than this,” said Mais.

Under the Noise Abatement Act, events being held on weekends should end at 2:00 am.

“The most important thing is that we had raised the amount that we wanted. We raised little over $2 million and a very generous person, who doesn't want to be named, took care of where we fell short,” she said.

DJ Niko Chromatic, along with Warren “Creep” Lee of Chromatic, began producing mixtapes in 2005 and started the sound system shortly after.

Chromatic sound system is a feature at several local gigs, as well as in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean.

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