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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

UPCOMING EVENTS

Posted On July 2, 2018 By In Caribbean Cultural News, Videos

QUICK NEWS

JULY 1- INTERNATIONAL REGGAE DAY ROMAIN VIRGO ROCKS GROOVIN IN THE PARK Romain Virgo recently performed at Groovin in the Park 2018 held last Sunday June 24, 2018 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY. This was his first time performing at the popular Caribbean and R&B Music Festival.Read More
Protoje’s fourth studio album A Matter Of Time drops this Friday (June 29).  Critics have begun to sing early praises on the release. “remarkable, truly progressive reggae album” – BILLBOARD “a catchy, sonic love letter” (regarding latest single “Bout Noon”) – COMPLEX “seizing the day in impressive style…organic, roots-respecting reggae sound with nuanced hip-hip,soul, jazz, electronic and rock flavors…soulfully-sung, melodious cognitions on lifes’s negatives and positives.” – MOJO For Immediate Release: June 28, 2018 PROTOJE DROPS HIS MOST EXPERIMENTAL ALBUM YET A MATTER OF TIME OUT THIS FRI. JUN. 29 (EASYRead More
The new studio album from international reggae star Alborosie, titled Unbreakable – Alborosie Meets The Wailers United is slated for release tomorrow, June 29th. Enlisting The Wailers United (former members of Bob Ma rley and The Wailers with the addition of Aston Barrett Jr.) for instrumental backing, the album upholds the tradition of roots- rock-reggae. One strong standout track is the powerful reggae interpretation of 1991 Metallica rock ballad “The Unforgiven” featuring Raging Fyah. Taken from self titled breakthrough album (Metallica), the song adds a new edge to the albumRead More
Today at Apple will present a live performance and interview with Addis Pablo and Isis Pablo to celebrate their father’s recent birthday (June 21st) and musical legacy with a performance at the Apple Store in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) this Thursday June 28th 7:30pm-8:30pm.   The performance will include a set that honors Augustus Pablo vast catalog, and the reissue of his hits Eastman Dub and Let’s Get Started. They’ll wrap up the session with an audience Q&A. Melodica player Addis Pablo has been honoring his father’s legacy from Jamaica to theRead More
A force to be reckoned with, recording artiste 9TYZ has unleashed a few scorching tracks just in time for summer that would have any music lover hooked. All June 2018 releases, the tracks Mr. Hot Bwoy, Slow Whine and Happy Time were produced by YGF Records. Slow Wine is a seductive track, with smooth lyrics flowing over an equally smooth beat, structured around sexual episodes. Happy Time is a more up tempo track about living it up with friends and having fun, perfect for summer listening. Finally, based on aRead More
This past weekend, the star-studded BET Experience Weekend hit the Staples Center in Los Angeles, leading into the BET Awards held Sunday June 24th. On Friday, July 22nd BET Experience Live featured VP Records artists Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons. The show also featured a special 25th anniversary Reggae Gold Tribute by dancehall sensation Shenseea whose “Nothing Dem Nuh Have Ova Mi” is featured on this year’s album. Other artists who performed included Derez Deshon, Konshens and Safaree Samuels who also served as a host alongside Latin singer and “Love andRead More
Recording artiste Vershon is aiming to take over summer with his latest single, ‘Love Them’. The socially conscious single was released under Johnny Wonder’s label recently, and racked up thousands of views since its YouTube upload. The song features a positive message that speaks to the value of friendship and humility whether situations are favorable or not. Vershon’s rise as a dancehall artiste has been steady and consistent. He scored a huge number one as his break out hit with Inna Real, and climbed charts with Barbie Doll, the popularRead More

Posted On June 23, 2018 By In Caribbean Cultural News

BIRTHDAYS

Joel Chin Members of the VP Family honored the life of VP Producer Joel Chin (grandson of Vincent and Patricia Chin) by releasing balloons into the sky on his birthday, 7/16, at the Taste of Jerk event in front of the New York VP Records retail store. Rest peacefully ❤ David Rodigan June 24 Super Cat June 25 Byron Lee OJ, OD June 27 1935 – November 4 2008 Freddie McGregor OD June 27 I-Roy June 28, 1944- November 27, 1999Read More

Posted On June 23, 2018 By In Caribbean Cultural News

UPCOMING EVENTS

As part of BET Experience Live Weekend, ahead of the 2018 BET Awards this Sunday June 24th, VP artists Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons will be performing today during BET Experience Live Television Broadcast from 3pm-5pm PST/6-8pm EST. Check soca’s Royal couple perform a set of their latest songs including “Big Bad Soca” and “Block the Road”. Also performing is Shenseea who’s “Loodi” track was featured on last year’s Reggae Gold and who has a song this years Reggae Gold. Konshens and rapper Derez Deshon will also perform andRead More
The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival held their annual Taste of Jerk kick-off event at the VP Records Retail Store in Jamaica, Queens. With special appearances by reggae band New Kingston and Jamaican, London born actor Duane Henry of hit show NCIS, the event was a great way to officially launch the countdown to the 2018 Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York. The event is held yearly as the official media launch to inform the public of the various performers, food vendors and entertainment they can expect at the festival takingRead More

Posted On June 22, 2018 By In Caribbean Cultural News

Jah9’s new single “Field Trip” will be available everywhere this Friday June 22nd. This is the third release off her upcoming “Feelings EP (vinyl exclusive) out this August VP Records, also featuring singles “Feel Good” and the more recent “Love Has Found I”. In support of the upcoming EP, she will be embarking on a 2018 tour beginning tonight at LA Dub Club in Los Angeles. The tour will include festival stops including the Sierra Nevada Music Festival, Bagnol Reggae Fest, Reggae in the Park, One Love Music Fest, MullumRead More
Out this Friday June 22, “Let’s Get Started” by Tetrack is one of the true masterpieces of seventies roots reggae music and a must have cornerstone in any self-respecting music fans collection. Produced by the legendary Augustus Pablo, “Let’s Get Started” showcases the heavenly harmonies of Tetrack soar over a vital set of Rockers International rhythms laid down solid at Channel One and Harry J’s. This set includes the essential singles “Only Jah Jah Know”, “Let’s Get Together”, “Isn’t It Time” along with the title track, “Let’s Get Started” isRead More
VP Records is proud to announce that Reggae legend Freddie McGregor is embarking on his “Go Freddie Go” tour beginning tonight in Seattle, WA. Following the March release of his single and video with the same title, “Go Freddie Go’, the singer is taking his talents and vast catalog live to over 25 cities (and counting) for this Summer 2018 North American Tour. Hitting Canadian cities such as Victoria and Vancouver and American cities Boston, St. Louis, Chicago, Washington DC, San Diego, Scottsdale and more, fans can be sure toRead More
“DJ Spooky Presents Phantom Dancehall” by DJ Spooky, born Paul Miller will be released digitally on VP Records this Friday June 22nd. This follows the vinyl LP release on Record Store Day this past April. Marking the launch of the release, DJ Spooky did a project performance Wednesday 6/20/18 as part of ADA Music’s 25th anniversary extravaganza event at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Recognized as an innovator, for expanding the boundaries of musical genres through his work in hip-hop, Jazz, Classical and reggae, his music demonstrates aRead More
Treajah Isle Records and Gifts has declared June 30th as Vinyl Day!  To celebrate the nostalgia, the store will give lovers of vinyl a free DJ concert in the heart of Toronto’s ‘little Jamaica.’  Fans will be treated to exclusive sets by Natty B, Noble Works featuring Iney Roots, and Selector Dre from City Links Sound while getting their exclusive copies of Damian Jr. Gong Marley’s album Stony Hill, and Chronixx’s album Chronology! Building on the upsurge in vinyl purchases over the past 2 years, Treajah has built an onlineRead More
Alt-pop singer, JØUR, released her captivating new single, “American Nightmare.” The track is the first single off of her upcoming record, Chiaroscuro. The song captures the essence of JØUR’s alt-pop sound with electronic minimalism and angelic delicacy. The song, produced by Matt Patrick, is mixed by Evan Bakke and mastered by Huntley Miller. “I originally wrote this song several years ago about blindly following the ‘American Dream’ of getting a job, moving to the suburbs, getting married, having kids, etc.,” explains JØUR. “I felt at the time that my life wasRead More