Category : VP Records

How Bitty McLean Brought “Let Them Say” into the Future

(Pictured:  Bitty McLean – Photo Credit:  Markus Felix) In 1968, Reggae’s beloved song writer Bob Andy wrote and recorded the song “Let Them Say.” Singing about the hardships faced, Bob offered a hopeful stance about overcoming the plight of poverty. Bitty McLeans recent cover of the classic has renewed a fond attention for the song. The artists 2022 re-take has fans of all ages singing 54-year-old lyrics, and smoothly bringing…

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Happy Birthday Bernard Collins (Nov 10th)

November 10th Earthstrong wishes to Bernard Collins of The Abyssinians. Collins is creator of several of reggae’s greatest anthems, including “Satta Massagana,” and “Declaration Of Rights,” between them accounting for hundreds of popular derivative versions over a 30 year period, each an original dancehall anthem. As leader of The Abyssinians with brothers Donald and Linford Manning, he recorded some of the most enduring reggae of the classic era, culminating in…

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Beres Hammond Thrills Westbury New York with Friends

(pictured:  Monty Alexander – Dean Fraser – Beres Hammond) Reggae icon Beres Hammond thrilled Westbury, New York fans with his signature performance. Complimenting his show were appearances from Monty Alexander, Dean Fraser, Cat Coore and Brooke Alford – and a who’s who of foundation reggae music. Produced by Jammins Productions, the evening was a reunion of friends, a collaboration of the who’s who of Jamaican musicians; a camaraderie of friendship…

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Peer to Peer with Gaudi and Mista Savona

London-based dub producer and musician Gaudi, known for his chart-topping works with Steel Pulse, Horace Andy, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Mad Professor, Mykal Rose, Maxi Priest, Johnny Clarke, Hollie Cook, Max Romeo, Don Letts, Desmond Dekker, African Head Charge, The Beat, Capleton, Scientist, Dub FX, Barrington Levy, Dennis Bovell and Adrian Sherwood, and Australia’s leading reggae producer / musician Mista Savona, known for his production works for Alton Ellis, Anthony B,…

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Peer to Peer with Countree Hype

  When it comes to making dancehall beats that dominate the streets and clubs, on-the-rise producer Taugea “Countree Hype” Dayes is one of the best. He has been steadily making his name as the creative force behind the independent record label Countree Hype Entertainment. VP:  How did you get your start in the business? CH:  I got started in the business being around the artist environment.  Growing up, I was…

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Peer to Peer with Fredi Nwaka

Fredi Nwaka is an award-winning writer, producer and film director from the UK. He is also a motivational speaker, mentor and advocate for men’s health pushing his brand H.E.A.L (How emotions affect life).  Not just working behind the camera he is also a well recognised actor and has starred alongside the likes of Curtis ‘50 CENT’ Jackson, Noel Clarke, Brenda Blethen, Ashley Walters, and Tom Hardy just to name a few….

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