AFRICAN REGGAE LEGEND ALPHA BLONDY GEARS UP FOR U.S. SUMMER TOUR AND THE RELEASE OF HIS LATEST STUDIO ALBUM MYSTIC POWER AVAILABLE JULY 30

With over 15 albums under his belt, West-African reggae vocalist Alpha Blondy returns this summer with a North American tour and his latest studio effort Mystic Power (available July 30 on VP Records). On Mystic Power, Alpha Blondy stays true to his signature contemporary world sound. His unmistakable vocals (which are a mix of English, French and his native language…

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SIZZLA ANNOUNCES 70TH ALBUM THE MESSIAH AVAILABLE MAY 28 ON HIS OWN KALONJI MUSIC AND VP RECORDS

One of reggae’s most prolific artists Sizzla returns with his 70th album The Messiah on May 28th (Kalonji Music/VP Records). Since his emergence in 1995, the enigmatic vocalist has undeniably put his stamp on the genre regardless of the current style or trend. His latest effort showcases his musical depth, passion and precision in partnership with Bread Back productions. Mostly…

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KATCHAFIRE KICK OFF SPRING U.S. TOUR IN SUPPORT OF THEIR GREATEST HITS ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW ONLINE – IN STORES MAY 21

New Zealand’s Katchafire kicked off their spring 2013 U.S. tour in Hawaii this past weekend. The tour coincides with the release of their greatest hits collection Best So Far, available digitally this week (April 16) and in stores on May 21. The seven piece collective will be rocking major festivals as well as headlining intimate venues across the West Coast,…

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REGGAE BLOODLINES: IN SEARCH OF THE MUSIC AND CULTURE OF JAMAICA

Peter Simon’s retrospective photo exhibit Reggae Bloodlines ‘Lens of A Generation’ will debut tonight at 7pm at Puls8 night club in Kingston, Jamaica. Simon’s installation of powerful portraits of Jamaican culture from the early 1970s to present day include prominent reggae artists of each respective era. Plans for additional exhibits in the United States are underway in New York City,…

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RECORDED AT THE MARLEY FAMILY’S LEGENDARY TUFF GONG STUDIOS BETTER TOMORROW DROPS TODAY ON VP RECORDS

Hailed as the “reigning queen of socially conscious reggae” (All Music), Jamaican singer-songwriter Etana releases her third album Better Tomorrow this week (Feb 26) on VP Records. Her latest effort is a true testament to her evolved sound. Etana’s indomitable spirit and inspiring songwriting uplifts generations both old and new. Stylistically, Better Tomorrow is a marked departure from her previous…

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