Author Archives : Natasha Von Castle

VP Records Featured in KITH and Vault by Vans’ “Love Thy Community” Series

VP Records is deeply honored to have been featured in the latest installment of “Love Thy Community,” KITH and Vault by Vans’ collaborative program highlighting minority-owned businesses that have played a significant role in their communities. The partnership has produced a capsule collection that includes limited-edition, VP-themed Vans Authentic OG shoes, and a graphic t-shirt. The Vault by Vans capsule collection was released on August 19 and is exclusively available at VP’s flagship…

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More F.Y.A.H.

On the heels of their thrilling debut at NYC’s SummerStage concert series, the reggae band F.Y.A.H. (Free Your Authentic Heart) shared their defiant single, “Freedom Fighter,” featuring Steel Pulse’s David Hinds. The song was released on August 19 via VP Records / Dub Rockers. Produced by Delroy ‘Pele’ Hamilton — also the bassist and founder of F.Y.A.H. — “Freedom Fighter” unites two generations of artists in the struggle for liberation….

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Celebrating Jamaica Independence Gala

(Pictured:  Shaggy / Photo Credit:  Leonard McKenzie) On Saturday night, Orville “Shaggy” Burrell walked into the spotlight in the ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown, filling a spot held only moments earlier by the Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Most Honorable Andrew Holness. Shaggy was the first honoree of the evening, accepting an award for “being an international cultural icon in reggae music and philanthropy” before a crowd of…

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Shaggy Is In The ‘Mood’ For Nottinghill Carnival

  Thirty years since he scored his first ever UK #1 single with ‘Oh Carolina’ on London’s Greensleeves Records, Shaggy is returning to the streets where it all began to perform at Notting Hill Carnival. This August bank holiday sees the return of the UK’s biggest celebration of Caribbean culture and it’s fitting that it’ll be graced by one of the islands’ most popular exports, Mr Boombastic himself, who will…

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Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne Receives Citation From New York Mayor Adams

It was a surreal moment when Jamaican American businessman Garfield “Chin” Bourne, founder of Sound Chat Radio and Irish and Chin, descended upon the steps of New York City Hall on a steamy day in mid-August. On the special occasion, the Caribbean media and entertainment stalwart received a citation from New York City Mayor Eric Adams. Presented by Jose Bayona, executive director of the Office of Ethnic and Community Media…

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Intence Debuts “On The Radar Freestyle” “PALM ANGEL” Music Video

Intence leaves his mark on New York City with the debuts of his “On the Radar Freestyle” and the music video for his recent single “PALM ANGEL,” both released on August 3. On the Radar Radio, a NYC-based online platform that highlights rising and established artists (ranging from local acts to Drake and Central Cee) recently had Intence stop by their studio, making him the first modern dancehall artist to…

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