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New York’s 7th Annual Staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival was a Success with Superb Performances, Great Food and Activities. Jamaica’s Lisa Hanna Wins Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge Trophy against Two-Time Champ, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio     QUEENS, NY— The 7th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival welcomed over 15,000 guests this past Sunday July 23rd. Patrons from all around New York, the tri-state area and beyond came out to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY to enjoy a full day of the “jerk experience” from a variety of vendors,Read More
REGGAE AMBASSADORS THIRD WORLD RELEASE NEW SINGLE “EYES ARE UP ON YOU” ON JULY 28 EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY DAMIAN MARLEY New Studio Album To Follow This Year   Celebrating over 40 years in music, one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time Third World will drop their new single “Eyes Are Up On You” (out July 28, 2017) off their upcoming full-length album. The song and album are both produced by Damian Marley and will be released on Ghetto Youths International. Third World’s bassist Richard Daley explains why this musicalRead More
The Melo Groove Steele Orchestra keeping Pan Culture alive Written by Jason Walker-   Steel Pan or steel drums were created in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1930s. The Steel Pan is a unique form of musical expression, but the origin of steel pan started centuries before in Africa. Africans brought the concepts of drumming and festival which would eventually evolve into Carnival when the Spanish and then British-ruled Trinidad & Tobago.  There was even a period in 1877 where the British government tried toRead More
LBM HOSTS TEEN FASHION SUMMER CAMP   Castries, St. Lucia – LBM Designs will be initiating a new vision during the summer holidays designed to stimulate the creative skills of the youth. This is to provide an opportunity for teens who wish to pursue a career in the fashion industry, and in time to come, stimulate that industry into Saint Lucia’s burgeoning economy.   This new vision is to host a TEEN FASHION SUMMER CAMP for the month of August 2017, for a period of three weeks, August 7 –Read More
Counting Down to Montreal Reggae Fest 2017!   Montreal, QC, Canada – With only one month left until the return of the annual Montreal International Reggae Festival, and under the banner of United Against Violence, a most impressive lineup is set to rock the Old Port featuring the best international and national artists and DJs.   Over three days, August 18-19-20, the sounds of Reggae, Dancehall, Soca and Gospel will infect patrons from Montreal and visitors from around the world!  On Friday August 18th, Sanchez and Inner Circle headline theRead More
Spiritual Releases Video for 'Time Has Come'
SPIRITUAL RELEASES VIDEO FOR ‘TIME HAS COME’   VP Records artist Spiritual has released the video for ‘Time has Come’, the second single off his debut album “Awakening” produced by Oufah Music (Shabba Ranks, Omi). The video portrays Spiritual narrating a story about a troubled man looking for escape after he purloins tapes from reggae archives. The man gets confronted by a preacher along the way, but just when he believes his quest is successful, he is confronted by Spiritual.   Filmed in the country sides of Jamaica, the visualRead More
Line up of Dominica's 20th World Creole Music Festival Announced2
  Roseau Dominica – The stage is set for a star studded line up of the 20th world Creole Music Festival in Dominica from October 27 – 29, 2017.  The three nights of pulsating rhythms line up was revealed at the Fort Young Hotel on July 13, 2017.  The contribution of past and present event directors was acknowledged as the World Creole Music Festival has become a landmark event which showcases the island’s rich creole heritage.   The official line up for the 2017 World Creole Music Festival is: FridayRead More
reggae gold 2017
Reggae Gold 2017 – Out on Friday July 21   NEW YORK, NY– The Reggae Gold compilation series from VP Records has presented the best of dancehall, roots and lovers rock reggae for over two decades. Now in its 24th year, Reggae Gold continues its run as the ultimate reggae music compilation for reggae mavens and those new to the genre. The 2017 edition of Reggae Gold offers current hits and future classics plus, multiple exclusive tracks from some reggae’s biggest stars. Now available for pre-order, the album is inRead More
calypso rose
CALYPSO ROSE SIGNS TO MAD DECENT TO RELEASE THE LEAVE ME ALONE REMIXES EP, AUGUST 11; NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE OF FAR FROM HOME LP TO COME LATER THIS YEAR EP Features Remixes By Kubiyashi, Témé Tan, Freakmakers and Roscius Rose Speaks with Anthony Bourdain on the Recent, Trinidad-Themed Episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” Rose Will Play Late Summer Shows in New York (Aug 30) and Los Angeles (Sept 10) Video For Single “Far From Home” Now Streaming Via YouTube     The Tobagonian singer Calypso Rose announced today her partnership with MadRead More
Album Alert (6.30) | Chronixx Taps His Dad, Chicago Orchestra & More on Debut Album Chronology
Chronixx’s Chronology skyrockets  to the top of iTunes today. In the U.S., the Jamaican artist’s debut album, available today July 7, 2017, is currently holding the #12 spot on the overall Top Album chart and #1 on Reggae Album chart.  In other iTunes territories,  the album lands at #16 in Canada, #19 in UK, #2 in Kenya, #5 in Switzerland on their overall Top Album chart. Download/Stream Chronology now: chronixx.lnk.to/Chronology Chronixx is currently touring U.S. East Coast and will celebrate the release  tomorrow night (Jul 8)  in NYC for a very special  free show at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn at ProspectRead More
Now in its fifth year, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature recognizes up to three English-language literary works for young adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors.   This year, the winning title will be awarded $10,000 CDN, and two finalists will be awarded $2,000 CDN each.   Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies, which will be donated to schools, libraries, and literacy organizations throughout the region. To date, more than 22,000 copies of winning books have made theirRead More
Album Alert (6.30) | Chronixx Taps His Dad, Chicago Orchestra & More on Debut Album Chronology
CHRONIXX PRESENTS CHRONOLOGY (OUT TOMORROW 7.7) TUNE IN Tonight (7.6) @ 7pm ET: Reggae Star Takes Over BEATS1 RADIO on Apple Music To Host His Own Show & Premiere New Material From His Debut   U.S. Tour Kicks Off This Week Free NYC Show on 7.8 at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park Followed by Apple In-Store Performance (Williamsburg) on 7.11     Chronixx’s debut album Chronology is available for worldwide release tomorrow 7.7.17. Read more on album. Tonight (7.6), the 24-year-old Jamaican artist will be hosting a 1-hour special surrounding Chronology on Beats 1, Apple Music’s global radio station. The reggae star takes listeners throughRead More
soca gold
  Soca Gold 2017 Debuts at Number 1 on Billboard Reggae Chart   NEW YORK, NY– Soca Gold 2017 has made its debut on the Billboard Reggae Chart, landing at number one this week. For twenty years, the annual series has set the standard for carnival music, bringing a taste of the Caribbean Islands with a current sample of the best Caribbean carnival hits. “We are excited that the album has debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, especially for its 20th year” said Edwin Howell, A&R Director for VP Records. “TheRead More
Montserrat celebrates its annual Calabash festival
MONTSERRAT CELEBRATES ITS ANNUAL CALABASH FESTIVAL Calabash: Celebrating Our African Heritage July 16 – 23   The island of Montserrat will be celebrating its annual Calabash Festival from Sunday, July 16 through Sunday, July 23, 2017.  Organized by the Montserrat Hospitality Association, under the theme “Celebrating Our African Heritage”, the Festival will include a number of activities. The event has been named after the calabash fruit which has traditionally been used to produce eating utensils, musical instruments, and decorative items.  The Festival has been identified as one of Montserrat’s cultural event,Read More
Now Booking Denroy Morgan & the new Black Eagles Review
  The legendary patriarch of the 2015 Grammy Award winning Morgan Heritage Family, is a star in his own right, who not only has a robust catalog of music including the 1981 Billboard hit, “I’ll Do Anything For You”, but his music covers a range of styles, including, RnB, Funk, pop and of course, as a devoted Rastaman…Reggae & Nyahbinghi. After many years away from the stage working behind the scenes building his children’s musical careers and being ordained a Bishop of he Gospel Helpers Church of North & South America; he isRead More
JAMAICA’S PREMIER REGGAE FESTIVAL, REGGAE SUMFEST, CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE BEST REGGAE & DANCEHALL ARTISTS IN THE WORLD, TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE: MONTEGO BAY
JAMAICA’S PREMIER REGGAE FESTIVAL, REGGAE SUMFEST, CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE BEST REGGAE & DANCEHALL ARTISTS IN THE WORLD, TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE: MONTEGO BAY   In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest, DownSound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest have created a week-long takeover of Montego Bay, July 16-22, with 5 over-the-top Themed Pre-Event Parties, Cutting-Edge Livestreaming and the World’s Top Reggae Acts!   Sponsored by Red Stripe and Pepsi, the line-up includes legendary as well as up-and-coming authentic Jamaican reggae and dancehall artists including, on Friday night, Alkaline, Mavado,Read More
40th Anniversary of Greensleeves Records Celebrated with New York City Concert
On Wednesday June 21, 2017, VP Records and the famous B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square, New York held an epic night of international roots reggae and dub to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of historic U.K. reggae label, Greensleeves Records. Italian born reggae star Alborosie delivered his first New York concert performance, while roots reggae sensation Queen Ifrica headlined with her full band before continuing her U.S. tour to promote her recent #1 album “Climb.” Musician/producer Addis Pablo opened the evenings performances with a selection of songs including aRead More
Paul Keens-Douglas Brings Mr. Tim Tim and Characters to Toronto for a One Day Concert with Dance Caribe Performing Company
The Caribbean’s foremost storyteller, and internationally famous Paul Keens-Douglas, aka Mr. Tim Tim, travels from Trinidad & Tobago to Toronto for a one day, two show concert, at Riverdale Collegiate Institute in the heart of the City.   Presented by TTCODA under the patronage of the Acting Consul General of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Tim Tim, the master storyteller whose stories transcend age and ethnicity, will present two shows that centre around social commentary. He is known for infusing humour into his social commentary, and fans areRead More
GRAMMY AWARDS TO RETURN TO STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES IN 2019
GRAMMY AWARDS® TO RETURN TO STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES IN 2019 Recording Academy™ And AEG Sign Four-Year Deal Santa Monica, Calif. — The Recording Academy™ today announced that it has signed a four-year agreement with AEG for STAPLES Center to host the GRAMMY® telecast when the show returns to Los Angeles in 2019 following its 60th anniversary celebration in New York this coming January. “We very much consider STAPLES Center our home and are grateful for the successful relationship we’ve cultivated throughout the years with AEG and the entireRead More
Dancehall Star Stein Unleashes New Album, 'My Story: The Next Chapter'
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Dancehall star Stein (formerly known as Einstein) unleashes his new album My Story: The Next Chapter from his very own label New Planet Records, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, from FOX FUSE. Born Jermaine Lee-King in St. Thomas, Jamaica, and currently residing in Stockholm, Sweden, Stein’s music reflects his diverse Jamaican heritage and echoes an eclectic edge that secures a place for his sound with core dancehall and international audiences. Jammed with 22 sizzlers and one skit, My Story: The Next Chapter is a bonafide showstopper that offers up Stein’s modern take onRead More
Jah 'Angola' Bouks Releases 'Child of Jah' on Capsicum
“Contrary to popular opinion, it was not some senseless act of terrorism which inspired ‘Child of Jah’,” says Capsicum CEO and A&R Director Roger Meltzer, who co-wrote and co-produced the new song with five-time Calypso Monarch Joseph Everton “Reality Weekes. “I actually started writing this song when my former mentor at The Sound of Philadelphia and dear friend, John Whitehead of McFadden and Whitehead, was gunned down in a drive-by in front of his home in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia while helping a neighbor fix his car.Read More
Reggae Sumfest 2017 Celebrates 25th Anniversary Weeklong Pre-Event Takeover Of Montego Bay Culminates In Two Main Events With Global Reggae Stars
Reggae Sumfest 2017 Celebrates 25th Anniversary Weeklong Pre-Event Takeover Of Montego Bay Culminates In Two Main Events With Global Reggae Stars   2017 Reggae Sumfest, presented by Red Stripe and produced by DownSound Entertainment is going all-out in celebrating this 25th Anniversary with a week-long takeover of Montego Bay on July 16-22. Five major pre-events lead up to a weekend of main festival events featuring top Reggae stars. High-definition Livestream with 360 surround Livestream will engage Reggae fans around the globe. With a line-up featuring many of Reggae and Dancehall’sRead More
BRAND NEW 2017 RELEASES FROM LAURENA DAVIS & TKO (ANTIGUA & BARBUDA)
5 Brand New 2017 releases from Laurena Davis & TKO for Antigua’s Carnival 2017     Songs were written By Dalton Dyer & Laurena Davis  Produced, Mixed & Mastered By Dalton Dyer of TKO Productions Recorded at TKO Productions & RWQ Studios Graphics by Dapper   1. “LIFE”  BY LAURENA DAVIS     2.”DON’T QUESTION IT” BY LAURENA DAVIS   3.“GET ROWDY” BY LAURENA DAVIS    4. “LOOKING SOMETING”  BY EBONY – T  (New Artist)   5. “UNRULY”  BY DALTON DYERRead More
Romain Virgo Delivers New Song and Video for 'Now'
VP Records artist Romain Virgo is back with a breakout hit and new video for his current single ‘Now’, available everywhere Friday June 9th. The reggae crooner, whose last EP “Lifted” was released in 2015, gives fans a taste of his upcoming album with this dancehall flavored track. Produced by Maximum Sounds Production, on the Skank And Wave riddim, ‘Now’ is emerging as a summertime breakout hit. Filmed in Irish Town and Hope Gardens Kingston Jamaica, the video, produced by Ruption Design Studio was released on Romain’s VEVO Page Sunday,Read More
Spiritual Releases Video for 'Stand up to Rasta
New York, NY– VP Records artist Spiritual has released the video for ‘Stand Up to Rasta’, the first single off his debut album “Awakening”. Shot in various parts of New York City (Queens, Brooklyn), the video sends the message of staying true to one’s self despite pressures to mold into the corporate world. Directed by A1 Vision, the video has no shortage of beautiful shots of New York City’s landscape and Spiritual’s energetic and bold energy. Symbolism is displayed throughout the video, as what looks to be a simple gameRead More