Last tune for Niko at Holy Trinity Cathedral
In life, 33-year-old Nicholas Grant, also known as selector Niko Chromatic, played music in front of large crowds. But on Saturday, when family and friends bade farewell to the musical craftsman, it was more of a private setting at Holy Trinity Cathedral, North Street, Kingston.
"Niko Chromatic was a good youth, enuh. I expected a bigger turnout, and some persons I thought I would see were absent from proceedings,' said selector Wessey Wessey, formerly of the Swatch International sound system. "Nonetheless, I'm grateful for the 'strength' people gave him. He will be missed, trust me." A number of people from the entertainment fraternity were present, including media personality Milk, ZJ Liquid, Chi Ching Ching, Ding Dong and Bugle.
Niko rose to fame playing the Chromatic sound system at the highly successful Chug It monthly parties that regularly pulled in over 10,000 patrons at Sugarman Beach, Portmore.
Close family friend Annece Williams read the eulogy. According to Williams, although Niko was sick with kidney disease, he was hopeful that one day he would return to good health. "He had plans to host an event for his fans called The Return of Niko Chromatic," she said. She encouraged the congregation to remember Niko as "this kind, hardworking, humble, generous, ambitious brother, father and friend".
Kimberly Mais, mother of one of Niko's children, was overwhelmed by the occasion and didn't wish to speak to the media. Niko's firstborn, Khaleel Nicholas Grant, was in attendance with his mother, Carlene Hibbert.