Bob Marley Musical Celebrates 70th Anniversary: The Jamaica Musical Theatre Company Presents “Nesta’s Rock” Coming 2015!

*Photos:  Various Sources

What’s your favorite Bob ‘Nesta’ Marley song? “One Love”, “Three Little Birds”, “No Woman, No Cry” are all reggae classics and synonymous with Jamaican music. Tourists who visit the country look forward to hearing those tunes on the beach to enhance their island experience. Should they arrive next year January to February 2015, tourists can also enjoy their favorite Marley numbers live in theater!

That’s right, a Marley musical! The Bob Marley Group of Companies has partnered with the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company’s (JMTC) to present the JMTC’s upcoming original children’s musical production, Nesta’s Rock. Not only is the musical inspired by his childhood, but Nesta’s Rock also marks and celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the late king of reggae on February 6, 2015. The musical will create new renditions of Marley’s most popular singles, such as “Trench Town Rock”, “Redemption Song”, “Could You Be Loved” and many others.

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The Summer’s Hottest Compilation: Our Album Review of VP Records’ Reggae Gold 2014

*Photos: Various Sources including VP Records

In addition to their 35th Anniversary, VP Records has released their highly-anticipated, annual compilation, Reggae Gold 2014.  As their most successful compilation to date, Reggae Gold consistently tops the Billboard and iTunes Reggae Charts.  The album comprises of the hottest radio anthems of the summer. 

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VP Records Celebrates Their 35th Anniversary

*Photos Courtesy of VP Records

Powerhouse reggae music label, VP Records, recently celebrated their 35th Anniversary this past July at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York City.  The company created visually stunning pop-up exhibition to commemorate this special milestone.  It featured a photo exhibit by Ajamu Myrie that displayed Jamaican reggae culture, a map emphasizing reggae’s popularity on every continent and a photo timeline showcasing each musical era in Jamaica.  The label’s founder Patricia Chin unveiled a short documentary (narrated by Sirius XM’s reggae DJ Pat McKay) that illustrated VP Records’ contribution to the evolution of Jamaican music over the years.      

The Reggae Around the World Team congratulates the VP Records family on their impressive anniversary and we wish them the best for the future.  Here’s to another 35 years! 

VP 35th Anniversary Exhibit at the Grace Jerk Fest 2014

The VP Records Story Documentary 

Romain Virgo’s Reggae Cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

*All Photos Courtesy of Niko Browne (Lifeline Music) & Romain Virgo

Check out Romain Virgo’s smooth reggae cover of Sam Smith’s, one-night-stand anthem, “Stay With Me”.  Niko Browne, of Lifeline Music (Jamaica), both produced the track and directed the music video.  Virgo’s superb vocal abilities mixed with Browne’s incredible production skills create an excellent cover.  Browne also produced many of the songs from Romain’s sophomore album The System (2012) (VP Records).

How do you like Romain Virgo‘s version of “Stay With Me”?  Do you like his rendition or Sam Smith’s original better?  Comment below!