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Reggae songstress, poet and Yoga enthusiast Janine Cunningham (aka Jah9) has teamed up again with legendary producer Clive Hunt to produce a fresh crop of compelling musical sojourns, summarized in the title of the extended play vinyl showcase “Feelings”. Jah9 specializes in feelings. Her unique vocal delivery spins a narrative thread that attracts fans of reggae and other genres to a new space along the musical landscape. Powered with emotional impact, each song presents a new feeling. As well as the instrumental versions, the EP contains the hit single “HardcoreRead More

Posted On August 12, 2018 By In Caribbean Cultural News

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Culan’s “Easy to Love You” remix featuring dancehall star Konshens has all the right ingredients; seductive riddim, flirty lyrics, Culan’s raspy vocals and Konshens gritty panache. The video has been shot and will be premiering soon. “It was great to link up with Konshens on the remix, I’ve always thought he was a dope artist and I’m happy it can be a part of the legendary Reggae Gold compilation series this year,” said Culan of the collaboration and being on Reggae Gold 2018.Read More
Last night, multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Estelle performed at the Wingate Concert Series at Wingate Park in Brooklyn for their Afro-Caribbean Night. She performed a 40 minute set of hits like “Come Over”, “Thank You”, “Conqueror” and “American Boy.” She also performed songs “Love Like Ours” and “Better” from her upcoming project “Lovers Rock” out September 7th. After her performance, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, honored her with an award and the keys to the city of Brooklyn. Estelle shared her sentiments by expressing that Brooklyn was her firstRead More
On the heels of his fourth album A Matter Of Time debuting at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart, the Jamaican star Protoje announces new headlining dates for the end of the summer across the West Coast. The shows fall amidst his recently announced pair of dates supporting Ms. Lauryn Hill’s tour. See new dates in bold below and full schedule at http://www.protoje.com/tour. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 20. Protoje is currently in Europe for the second leg of his A Matter Of Time Tour. HeRead More
The Caribbean has a new way to express pride in individual culture via fashion’s newest accessory called Cool Face – the multi-use fabric tubular bandana that can be used around the face, hair and wrist! Developed by Dancehall USA executive Nick Walker, Cool Face is a specially designed, and highly visible infinity fabric that fits securely in the position the wearer chooses to place it.  The product is light weight, breathable, quick-dry, provides (spf) protection, wicks moisture and can be worn over 16 different ways, the kind of product youRead More
Reggae songstress Queen Ifrica has announced her upcoming performances this summer. Starting in Sacramento at the Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest on July 22nd, Queen will then head to Chino Hills California at the Big-League Dreams Venue and complete the run at Beres Hammond’s show at the The Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island New York on August 5th. Queen Ifrica’s 2017 release “Climb“ reached number one on the Billboard Reggae Chart in its first week., Climb was critically acclaimed for its inspirational lyrics and powerful messages. She has continued to supportRead More
On Saturday July 14th Rockaway Parkway and Church Avenue was renamed HORACE L MORANCIE WAY. A number of elected officials were present to celebrate the life of a giant in the community. – Congress Woman Yvette Clarke, City Councilwoman Inez Barron, State Assembly Member Charles Barron, State Assembly Member Nick Perry. Horace L. Morancie (1929-2015) was the co-founder and former Chair of the Urban Resource Institute (URINYC). He was also selected by former Mayor John Lindsay to lead the Central Brooklyn Model Cities program. Today, URINYC provides domestic violence, addictionRead More
Making his debut performance in Brooklyn, New York, Kabaka Pyramid performed at City Parks, Summer Stage festival. CityParks Shows plays a central role in activating City Parks Foundation’s mission to create vibrant and healthy urban communities through dynamic programming in parks for all New Yorkers. CityParks Shows brings hundreds of live music, dance and theater performances to communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The SummerStage festival showcased Kabaka Pyramid, Third World, Barrington Levy alongside DJs Federation Sound and DJ Gravy. Kabaka Pyramid alongside the Bebble Rockers electrified the crowdRead More

Posted On July 16, 2018 By In Caribbean Cultural News

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Buju Banton July 15 Gregory Isaacs OD July 15- October 25, 2010 Desmond Dekker July 16- May 25, 2006 Junior Byles July 17Read More
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, 2018 By In 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, 2018 By In Caribbean Cultural News

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

Posted On July 8, 2018 By In 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
July just got hotter with the annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York taking place Sunday July 22nd at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY. The eighth staging of the tri-state’s “Biggest Caribbean Food and Music Festival” will take place from 12pm to 8pm, and this year will have no shortage of delicious jerk food vendors, entertainment and fun for all ages. Regular patrons will come to enjoy the wide variety of jerk delicacies, culinary demonstrations, contests, cultural presentations, contemporary entertainment on the Main Stage and Kidz Zone area. In addition, aRead More
WINNER AND NINE FINALISTS TO RECEIVE CASH HONORARIUMS, WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT AND RESOURCES PROVIDED BY FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND WHO: Applications for the 2019 Music Educator Award™ are currently online at GRAMMYMusicTeacher.com. The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and teachers can also apply directly without being nominated. The Music Educator Award application process will adjust each year to allow the broad array of effective teaching styles and methods used in the discipline to be recognized and awarded. Melissa Salguero of P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake in Bronx, N.Y., wasRead More
“From her very first notes, as well as keen songwriting skills. you immediately get the sense you are listening to a singer who is very confident, experienced — and most definitely talented,” says Capsicum CEO and A&R Director Roger Meltzer who penned Everything But Me and co-produced and arranged it with Joseph Everton “Reality” Weekes.   “Her influences range from acoustic, r&b, hip-hop & jazz, perfect for Capsicum fusions with reggae, dancehall and soca. I am delighted to welcome her into our growing roster of international artists. “Meeting Mesha was just a happy circumstance — one of thoseRead More
Reggae Icon Marcia Griffiths defends the authenticity of her classic song “Electric Slide” in response to allegations that the song is ‘really about a vibrator.’ Allegations surfaced online on Tuesday (June 26th) after a journalist claimed to have spoken to Bunny Wailer, the songs original writer, who was asked what the song was ‘really about.’  The writer asked the Reggae legend if the song was about a personal pleasure toy for women, to which Bunny reportedly replied, ‘are you just figuring that out?’ Released on social media, news of theRead More

Posted On July 2, 2018 By In Caribbean Cultural News

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