Tag : Music

Reels and Riddims Celebrating Caribbean Artists In Music and Film

On June 16, amid Caribbean American Heritage Month, the “Reels & Riddim” event brought together members of the Caribbean diaspora at Players Club in Gramercy, New York City for an evening of communal joy and thoughtful discussion. For hours, West Indian voices filled and spilled from the venue, flowing steadily from performances of reggae, calypso and soca music, panel discussions, and short films featured in the event’s programming. The event,…

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The Black Chord Book Re-Released

Collaborators Vivien Goldman, David Corio and Isaac Haynes re-release the classic book The Black Chord. This volume is a graphically improved re-edition and re-invention of a book that first appeared in 1999. The classic Corio portraits have been swapped in a few places, but the line-up of brilliance they represent is unchanged, as is the text itself, apart from a little polish here and there. All quotes are taken from…

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International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

  International Women’s Day is observed on Wednesday March 8th, and Women’s History Month is observed during the month of March.  There are many women in the world of Reggae and her diaspora who have contributed to the expanse of her genre. VP Records co-founder and company matriarch Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin shares stories of her years in the business, and examples of applying creativity to the marketing of music…

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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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Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin Interviewed at York College in Queens, NY

York College President Berenecea J. Eanes and Foundation chair Ana Rua invited friends, supporters and special guests to an evening with Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin to hear a reading from her book ‘Miss Pat: My Reggae Music Journey.’ Miss Pat, the inaugural York College Presidential Medal Recipient shared her poignant life story during an interview with York College Journalism student, Lleva Lazama. She discussed her book, ‘Miss Pat:  My Reggae…

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