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2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic compilation series Reggae Gold. Now available for pre-orders and out July 27th everywhere, this milestone will be celebrated with a throwback mixtape by the legendary RoryStoneLove, featuring classic reggae jams from the likes of Maxi Priest, Capleton, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and more from Reggae Gold albums in the 90’s. 1993 marked the first year in the series and it has since solidified its place of importance in the culture, being the premier compilation album for the latest and best in reggaeRead More
The largest Caribbean-party tour festival, Beach Road Trip (BRT) Weekend will take place in Atlantic City beginning Thursday July 12- Sunday July 15th. VP Records is proud to be a sponsor of the festival and to celebrate the launch of the 25th Anniversary of Reggae Gold out July 27th, by hosting two Reggae Gold themed parties, the BRT Glow Eruption Saturday July 14th from 6:30-11pm and the Jouvert Breakfast Party Sunday July 15th from 9am-2pm. Along with the Reggae Gold Themed Parties, there will be a host of other partiesRead More
Tony Prescott’s “Oil Drum”, the second single off the 2018 “Soca Gold” compilation album now has a visual to match the feel good, high energy song. The video has premiered via Karibbean Kollective, just in time for Crop Over, currently being held in Barbados until August 8th. Directed and produced by Marvin Lewis of Kingdom House Concepts, the colorful and vibrant video showcases Tony in various parts of his island of Trinidad showcasing the pride of his people. The song is named after the cylinder containers used to transport oilRead More
VP Records is proud to announce that Multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Estelle will be releasing her fifth studio album, Lover’s Rock via VP Records and Established 1980 Inc this September. In conjunction with today’s album announcement, Estelle’s video for the single “Better” has also premiered exclusively on Apple Music’s Beats 1Station with an interview with radio personality Becca D. “Better” is composed of sultry vocals and a modern reggae and afro-beats rhythm that is sure to become a summer staple. “Better” is also an iTunes instant-grat track off VP Records Reggae Gold 2018, which isRead More

Posted On July 8, 2018By Ann JIn Caribbean Cultural News

Barbados’ CropOver excitement looms and just like mas makers and fete promoters across the Caribbean feel responsible to provide the very best for the people, so to do a number of the Caribbean’s soca music creators. Trinidad and Tobago artiste, Irvin Blackman, who’s best known as Blackie has unleashed a new single ahead of Crop Over, hopeful that the song’s infectious energy, will maintain presence and hit hard in Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival in 2019. For now however, he’s focused on giving people from all walks of life, something toRead More

Posted On July 8, 2018By Ann JIn Caribbean Cultural News

BIRTHDAYS

John Holt July 11 1947 – October 19 2014   Michael Rose July 11   Lady Saw July 12Read More

Posted On July 8, 2018By Ann JIn Caribbean Cultural News

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The video for “I’ve Been There” by legendary producer Bobby Digital’s son, Giark has premiered today. The song is available on VP Records’ distribution arm VPAL. The passionate vocals, powerful message and stunning visuals make this a solid introduction to what is to come from the budding reggae artist. Directed by Fernando F. Hevia, the video showcases Giark being in different places from the woods, the streets, the beach and in a dark room. The visuals interpret the mind state of being somewhere in theory by showing the artist inRead More
Only Johnny Clarke would come close to challenging Bob Marley & Dennis Brown for reggae’s crown, his unequaled run of hit songs, powered by Striker’s aggravating versions, continued without a pause during the mid-70’s leading Johnny to twice being named Jamaica’s ‘Artist Of The Year’ and the signing of a two album recording deal with Virgin Records. Many of Johnny’s classic roots recordings gathered here were first given wider international exposure in 1998 with the release of Blood & Fire’s excellent ‘Dreader Dread’ compilation. Expanded and re-mastered the release ofRead More
Tropicalfete Mas Costumes theme “The Carnival Jungle – Sweet for Days” Designers: Kelly “Shilo” Smith, Tammie Paige, Daria Primus, Cheri Drayton, Orchid Eccles Gonsalves, Marcus Luke, Big A, Arlene “Ms. Trini CumberbatchRead More