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VP RecordsGrace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York Offers ‘A Taste of Fun’VP RECORDS TEAMS UP WITH HOUSE OF MARLEY TO PRESENT REGGAE GOLD 2016VP RECORDS & 17 NORTH PARADE IN ASSOCIATION WITH INTERNATIONAL REGGAE DAY CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF ROCK STEADY WITH FIRST CLASS ROCK STEADY ON FRI. JULY 1VP RECORDS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF ROCK STEADY WITH COMPREHENSIVE 40-TRACK COLLECTION FIRST CLASS ROCK STEADYVP RECORDS RELEASES THE ANNUAL SOUNDTRACK TO THE SUMMER REGGAE GOLD 2016 OUT JULY 22
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July 12, 2016

It’s that time of year again when jerk flavors will waft in the air as Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York will come alive for the 6th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. Mark your calendars and get your tickets early to enjoy the all-day event on Sunday, July 17, 2016. This year festival organizers are going all out to ensure that no matter who you are and where you’re from, you’ll “Get a Taste of Fun!” at the largest Caribbean food festival in the USA.

Seasoned Jerk Festival patrons flock to the event every year to enjoy a wide variety of jerk delicacies, including the popular celebrity Grace Jerk Cook-Off, culinary demonstrations, cultural presentations on the Western Union Stage, the main stage concert and Kidz Zone.  They also come for family, fun, fellowship and the cool Jerk Festival vibe they have come to know and love.

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This year, the main stage will be blazing with the sounds of the internationally acclaimed reggae ambassadors, Third World, who will rock the crowd with their string of popular hits and reggae classics. Dancehall sensation Dexta Daps will excite the ladies in his first major New York area appearance, and dancehall star Tifa will join him on their popular hit “Jealous Ova.”  More thrills are in store when Gyptian takes the stage performing his latest hits “All On Me” and “Jiggle Jiggle.” Powerhouse vocals from reggae singer Ikaya will bring lots of heat as well. Soca superstar Rupee, is set to bring the needed flavor and excitement that will complete the show. It will all be spiced with humour from comedian Pretty Boy Floyd.

Advanced tickets to the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival NY are available online at www.JerkFestivalNY.com or at selected retail outlets in the tri-state area. A number of promotional events offering an opportunity to win tickets and other prizes as well as discount offers will be staged in the weeks leading up to the festival by a number of event sponsors.

The 6th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York is presented by Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC, in association with VP Records.  Sponsors are Grace Foods, Western Union, Continental Bakery, Vitamalt, Power 106, Reggae King Radio, Street Hype and Tower Isle Patties.  

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July 5, 2016

Annual Summer Soundtrack for Reggae Masses Will Drop July 22

Pre-Order Available Today (July 1)

VIBE Premieres Album’s Standout Track (Gyptian’s “Jiggle Jiggle”)
Exclusively Through Spotify

054645261968For over two decades, VP Records’ popular series consistently delivers the year’s influential hits and showcases musical trends in reggae and dancehall. Available July 22, Reggae Gold 2016 maintains its heralded reputation. Pre-order album now.

This year, the reggae powerhouse teams up with the premiere music electronics brand House of Marley to spread the series to the masses. In collaboration with HOM, this year’s eye-popping album artwork was under the creative direction of stylist and photographer Savannah Baker. The set also features a bonus DJ mix disc by Chromatic Sound.

Jamaican music comes in many forms and facets and continues to push boundaries. Reggae Gold 2016 showcases the island’s diverse range – from dancehall and roots reggae to it’s influence in contemporary pop, EDM and Top 40.

Whether it is the #1 Billboard Top 100 single “Cheerleader” from OMI or the club banger “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” from super producer Jamie xx featuring Young Thug & Popcaan, the album has no shortage of mainstream appeal.

The compilation also features a heavy dose of dancehall from some of the most in-demand, breaking artists like Tanto Blacks (“Real Rich”), Alkaline (“Champion Boy” and “A Bagga Tings (Radio),”) and Chi Ching Ching (“Way Up N Stay Up” feat. Popcaan & Beenie Man).Following the success of Busy Signal’s Major Lazer collab “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” (that received over 100 million YouTube views), the dancehall ambassador is back with more fire on “Watch Me Now,” the current theme song to international ad campaigns with LG Smartphone and Smirnoff.  Dancehall’s reigning Queen of the Stage Spice also leads the pack with her latest dance craze “Needle Eye,” which already boasts over 4 million video views.

Summer romance is in the spotlight on Romain Virgo’s “Caress Me,” the soulful singer Ikaya’s “Love Note” and emerging roots vocalist Kelissa’s “Best Kept Secret (Locked Away).”

On a conscious tip, the set opens with the aspirational anthem “My Dream”from rising Jamaican reggae singer Nesbeth and closes with socially enlightening track “The Message” from Bunji Garlin and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.

Fans will also get a chance hear some of the new sounds of the summer, including Christopher Martin’s R&B reggae thumper “Under The Influence” and Gyptian’s latest single “Jiggle Jiggle.”

Today, VIBE premieres the latter track, which is exclusively available on Spotify.

This versatile collection proves that Jamaican music is and will always be impactful, innovative and indestructible.

1. My Dream-Nesbeth
2. Champion Boy-Alkaline
3. Watch Me Now – Busy Signal
4. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) – Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan
5. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) (Radio edit) – OMI
6. Under The Influence-Christopher Martin
7. Jiggle Jiggle-Gyptian
8. Way Up N Stay Up -Chi Ching Ching, Popcaan & Beenie Man
9. A Bagga Tings (Radio)-Alkaline
10. Real Rich-Tanto Blacks
11. Bogle Move-Elephant Man
12. Needle Eye-Spice
13. Chinese Jordan-Dexta Daps
14. Caress Me-Romain Virgo
15. Best Kept Secret (Locked Away) – Kelissa
16. Dash Wata-Raging Fyah
17. Love Note-Ikaya
18. Whom Shall I Fear-Bulby York feat. Assassin & Tenor Saw
19. The Message -Bunji Garlin feat. Damian ‘Jr. Gong” Marley

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40-Track Collection Highlighting The Genre’s Most Timeless Hits and Its Significant Impact in Jamaican Music

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2016 marks the 50th anniversary for Jamaica’s celebrated musical genre rock steady. VP and 17 North Parade in association with International Reggae Day commemorate the genre on Fri. July 1st with the comprehensive 40-track collection First Class Rock Steady. The release follows it’s limited edition vinyl-only companion piece released earlier this year for 2016 Record Store Day.

Although it lasted only a couple of years (1966-68), rock steady is one of Jamaican music’s most influential genres. International Reggae Day Founder Andrea Davis salutes the genre. “The brief but brilliant period produced some of Jamaica’s most internationally respected and beloved masterpiece recordings, paving the way for the evolution of reggae music.”  Rock Steady produced immortal rhythms that are still sampled and used today.

For example, take the first rock steady track of the era “Take It Easy” by the 2014 fallen icon Hopeton Lewis. The song, which is the album’s opening track, recently scored a TV ad for Corona, becoming relevant to a new generation of music lovers 50 years later.

Lynn Taitt, who played bass on “Take It Easy”, said in the album ‘s liner notes “that was the first slow song….nothing else was slow at the time. Everything had been ska. I find the ska was too fast. Very, very fast. So I told him (Hopeton Lewis) let’s do this one slow. Very slow. The slower the music it have more spaces to do something with, so i put a bass line. I play in unison with the bass and i get a bass line…”

Rock Steady was also popularized by the likes of Alton Ellis, Desmond Dekker, Johnny Nash, Errol Dunkley and vocal harmony bands like The Gaylads, The Heptones, The Paragons, The Sensations and The Melodians, all featured on this extraordinary historical set.

The remastered collection’s packaging includes extensive liner notes written by Harry Wise and filled with quotes from the genre’s key players like living legend Bunny “Striker” Lee and more. The LP’s detailed cover and CD sleeve reflects the excitement of the era when postal mail was the only mode for sharing this burgeoning Jamaican export for worldwide consumption. Playing off of Jamaica’s long history of tourism, the album’s packaging also features images of picturesque postcards and stamps of Cricket (a Jamaican pastime), the Doctor Bird (national symbol) and Montreal’s Expo ’67 (World’s Fair).

1. Take it Easy-Hopeton Lewis
2. Hold Them – Roy Shirley
3. I Am Lonely-The Heptones
4. Dance All Night-The Tartans
5. Rock Steady-Alton Ellis & The Flanes
6. Ba Ba Boo,m-The Jamaicans
7. Pata Pata Rock Steady-Patsy & The Count Ossie Band
8. Last Train To Expo 67-the Melodians
9. I’m A Loving Pauper-Dobby Dobson
10. Please Stop Your Lying-Errol Dunkley
11. Return Home-Alva Lewis
12. Just Like A River- Stranger Cole & Gladdy
13. El Casino Royale-Lynn Taitt & The Jets feat. Cool Sticky
14. Dreader Than Dread-Honey Boy Martin & The Voices
15. The Return Of Ezekial-The Jupiters
16. Live And Love-Carlton Manning
17. Last Train To Ecstasy-The Melodians
18. You’re Gonna Need Me-Errol Dunkley
19. Born To Love You-The Sensations
20. Sounds And Pressure- Hopeton Lewis

TRACK LISTING DISC 2
1. You Don’t Care-The Techniques
2. Little Boy Blue-Pat Kelly
3. Left With A Broken Heart-The Paragons
4. ABC Rock Steady-The Gaylads
5. The Beatitude-The Uniques
6. Revelation-Alva Lewis
7. A Change Is Gonna Come-Ken Parker
8. The Russians Are Coming-Val Bennett
9. The Great Musical Battle-Derrick Morgan
10. The Big Takeover-The Overtakers
11. I Am The Upsetter-Lee Perry
12. Musically-Keith Blake
13. Lonely Heartaches-The Clarendonians
14. Napoleon Solo-Lynn Taitt & The Jets
15. Intensified-Desmond Dekker And The Aces
16. Got To Get Away-The Paragons
17. Hold Me Tight-Johnny Nash
18. Long Time Me No See You-The Sensations
19. Seeing And Knowing-Stranger Cole & Gladdy
20. Darling Jeboza Macoo-Stranger Cole

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June 22, 2016

Highlighting The Genre’s Most Timeless Hits and Its 

Significant Impact in Jamaican Music

Available July 1 on International Reggae Day

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2016 marks the 50th anniversary for Jamaica’s celebrated musical genre rock steady.

Rock steady, which was a successor of ska and precursor to reggae, used elements of rhythm and blues (R&B), jazz, ska as well as African and Latin American drumming. With its irresistible slow tempo beat and more bass-heavy, stripped-down sound, it was a distinct contrast from the more upbeat, big band ska era. Although it lasted only a couple of years (1966-68), rock steady is one of Jamaican music’s most influential genres and produced immortal rhythms that are still sampled and used today.

17 North Parade, VP Records’ vintage imprint, commemorates the genre this year with First Class Rock Steady, a limited edition vinyl-only box set (exclusive for 2016 Record Store Day) and its CD and digital companion piece that features a more comprehensive 40-track collection (available July 1st). 17 North Parade will celebrate the release in conjunction with International Reggae Day (also on July 1). Details will be announced later this week.

The LP’s detailed cover and CD sleeve reflects the excitement of the era when postal mail was the only mode for sharing this burgeoning Jamaican export for worldwide consumption. Playing off of Jamaica’s long history of tourism, the album’s packaging also features images of picturesque postcards and stamps of Cricket (a Jamaican pastime), the Doctor Bird (national symbol) and Montreal’s Expo ’67 (World’s Fair).

In addition, the remastered collection’s packaging includes extensive liner notes written by Harry Wise and filled with quotes from the genre’s key players, including living legend Bunny “Striker” Lee, Trinidad and Tobago’s late-great Lynn Taittand the 2014 fallen icon, Hopeton Lewis.  Rock Steady was also popularized by the likes of Alton Ellis, Desmond Dekker, Johnny Nash, Errol Dunkley and vocal harmony bands like The Gaylads, The Maytals, The Heptones, The Paragons, The Sensations and The Melodians, all featured on this extraordinary historical set.

VP Records Co-Founder Patricia Chin remembers the time clearly. “Rock Steady was a time when Jamaican music really came alive. Sound systems were booming and artist competition was fierce. It dramatically changed the music landscape, similar to how dancehall transformed reggae’s prominent sound at the time. Rock Steady music was also great for lovers because it spawned more slow dancing styles and really allowed people to connect.”

At the time, Patricia and her husband Vincent Chin owned and operated Randy’s Records, Kingston’s burgeoning record shop and recording studio located on 17 North Parade (hence the name for VP Records’ vintage imprint).  She adds, “when Rock Steady emerged, Jamaica knew we had something really interesting in the culture and that was music.”

1. Take it Easy-Hopeton Lewis

2. Hold Them – Roy Shirley

3. I Am Lonely-The Heptones

4. Dance All Night-The Tartans

5. Rock Steady-Alton Ellis & The Flanes

6. Ba Ba Boo,m-The Jamaicans

7. Pata Pata Rock Steady-Patsy & The Count Ossie Band

8. Last Train To Expo 67-the Melodians

9. I’m A Loving Pauper-Dobby Dobson

10. Please Stop Your Lying-Errol Dunkley

11. Return Home-Alva Lewis

12. Just Like A River- Stranger Cole & Gladdy

13. El Casino Royale-Lynn Taitt & The Jets feat. Cool Sticky

14. Dreader Than Dread-Honey Boy Martin & The Voices

15. The Return Of Ezekial-The Jupiters

16. Live And Love-Carlton Manning

17. Last Train To Ecstasy-The Melodians

18. You’re Gonna Need Me-Errol Dunkley

19. Born To Love You-The Sensations

20. Sounds And Pressure- Hopeton Lewis

1. You Don’t Care-The Techniques

2. Little Boy Blue-Pat Kelly

3. Left With A Broken Heart-The Paragons

4. ABC Rock Steady-The Gaylads

5. The Beatitude-The Uniques

7. A Change Is Gonna Come-Ken Parker

8. The Russians Are Coming-Val Bennett

9. The Great Musical Battle-Derrick Morgan

10. The Big Takeover-The Overtakers

11. I Am The Upsetter-Lee Perry

12. Musically-Keith Blake

13. Lonely Heartaches-The Clarendonians

14. Napoleon Solo-Lynn Taitt & The Jets

15. Intensified-Desmond Dekker And The Aces

16. Got To Get Away-The Paragons

17. Hold Me Tight-Johnny Nash

18. Long Time Me No See You-The Sensations

19. Seeing And Knowing-Stranger Cole & Gladdy

20. Darling Jeboza Macoo-Stranger Cole

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June 22, 2016

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For over two decades, the popular VP Records’ series consistently delivers the year’s more influential hits and showcases musical trends in reggae and dancehall. Available July 22, Reggae Gold 2016 maintains its heralded reputation and also features a bonus DJ mix disc by Chromatic Sound“the taste of Jamaican youth” (The Fader).

Jamaican music comes in many forms and facets and continues to push boundaries. Reggae Gold 2016 showcases the island’s diverse range – from dancehall and roots reggae to it’s influence in contemporary pop, EDM and Top 40.

Whether it is the #1 Billboard Top 100 single “Cheerleader” from OMI or the club banger “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” from super producer Jamie xx featuring Young Thug & Popcaan, the album has no shortage of mainstream appeal.

The compilation also features a heavy dose of dancehall from some of the most in-demand, breaking artists like Tanto Blacks (“Real Rich”), Alkaline (“Champion Boy” and “A Bagga Tings (Radio),”) and Chi Ching Ching (“Way Up N Stay Up” feat. Popcaan & Beenie Man). Following the success of Busy Signal’s Major Lazer collab “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” (that received over 100 million YouTube views), the dancehall ambassador is back with more fire on “Watch Me Now,” the current theme song to international ad campaigns with LG Smartphone and Smirnoff.  Dancehall’s reigning Queen of the Stage Spice also leads the pack with her latest dance craze “Needle Eye,” which already boasts over 4 million video views.

Summer romance is in the spotlight on Romain Virgo’s “Caress Me,” the soulful singer Ikaya’s “Love Note” and emerging roots vocalist Kelissa’s “Best Kept Secret (Locked Away).”

On a conscious tip, the set opens with the aspirational anthem “My Dream” from rising Jamaican reggae singer Nesbeth and closes with socially enlightening track “The Message” from Bunji Garlin and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.

Fans will also get a chance hear some of the new sounds of the summer, including Christopher Martin’s R&B reggae thumper “Under The Influence” and Gyptian’s latest single “Jiggle Jiggle.”

This versatile collection proves that Jamaican music is and will always be impactful, innovative and indestructible.

1. My Dream-Nesbeth
2. Champion Boy-Alkaline
3. Watch Me Now – Busy Signal
4. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) – Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan
5. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) (Radio edit) – OMI
6. Under The Influence-Christopher Martin
7. Jiggle Jiggle-Gyptian
8. Way Up N Stay Up -Chi Ching Ching, Popcaan & Beenie Man
9. A Bagga Tings (Radio)-Alkaline
10. Real Rich-Tanto Blacks
11. Bogle Move-Elephant Man
12. Needle Eye-Spice
13. Chinese Jordan-Dexta Daps
14. Caress Me-Romain Virgo
15. Best Kept Secret (Locked Away) – Kelissa
16. Dash Wata-Raging Fyah
17. Love Note-Ikaya
18. Whom Shall I Fear-Bulby York feat. Assassin & Tenor Saw
19. The Message -Bunji Garlin feat. Damian ‘Jr. Gong” Marley


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