Author Archives : Natasha Von Castle

IRAWMA Honors Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin For Years Of Contribution to Reggae

Pictured:  Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin, the co-founder of VP Records, was honored at the recently held 40th annual IRAWMA (International Reggae And World Music) Awards in Kingston, Jamaica.  Recognized for her ongoing work within the music community, and for spearheading philanthropic efforts where the youth are concerned, Miss Pat received the Special Honor for The Most Valuable Reggae Institution Serving Jamaica’s Music Industry For Over 60…

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Shaggy Has Listeners ‘In The Mood’

Pictured:  Shaggy | Photo Credit:  Martin Kierszenbaum   Shaggy is the only diamond-selling dancehall artist in music history.  His distinctive voice, combined with his melodic delivery of relatable themes make him one of the most recognized voices in Reggae and Dancehall.  His crossover successes (“It Wasn’t Me,” “Angel,” and “Bombastic” to name a few) make him the most streamed artist from the Caribbean. Shaggy’s latest sonic effort, ‘In The Mood,’…

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From The Vault of King Jammy

VP has teamed up with King Jammy once again. This time dipping back into the early years of his catalog to resurface two sought-after 7-inch singles. Lacksley Castell’s “What A Great Day” was recorded in 1979 when Lloyd James was known as Prince Jammy. Castell was a barely known singer at the time, but his friendship with Hugh Mundell brought him into then Prince Jammy’s orbit. “What A Great Day”…

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Best Stores For Reggae Vinyl In New York

By:  Carter Van Pelt New York City is home to some of the best used record shopping in the world, and because of the longstanding Caribbean communities in the 5 boroughs, reggae, dancehall, and soca records abound. While stalwarts VP Records, Charlie’s, Jah Life, and the African Record Center (the oldest in the Northeast) have been continuously operating for 40-55 years, the relative newcomers that have evolved from e-commerce platforms…

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Gyptian “Only Has Room For Two”

  Interview by:  Nicholas Nam Two decades into his career, Gyptian remains busy as ever. The Reggae fusion singer-songwriter is working towards the release of his next album, the follow-up to Sex, Love, and Reggae; continues to experiment with new sounds when recording; and maintains an active performing schedule, with upcoming show dates in Miami, Brooklyn, and Atlanta. “Only Room for Two” and “Hot Gyal Walk Out,” the lead singles from his upcoming project, are set for release via VP Records on May 19, and are visualized in a split video directed by Dameon…

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