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 

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Australia’s Rising Reggae Artist:  Our Interview With Eddie “Joe Coffee” Williams

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Eddie “Joe Coffee” Williams

Most people do not associate reggae music with Australia.  With New Zealand being in such close proximity to the country, it did not surprise us that reggae’s popularity has gained strength in Australia as well (as you have learned in our previous articles reggae is extremely popular in New Zealand).  The newest artist to make waves in the Polynesian scene is Eddie “Joe Coffee” Williams.  This Australian lover’s rock crooner serenades his listeners with his smooth R&B vocals and romantic lyrics.  His bright melodies and uplifting rhythms evoke emotions of elation and relaxation that can alleviate anyone’s anxieties.  His latest hits “Why Would You Do That”, “No One” and “For You” have all gathered thousands of YouTube views.  Recently, we had the pleasure to interview Joe Coffee to discuss the Polynesian reggae movement, his songwriting process, musical influences and much more!

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Get Ready to “Rise Up” with Golden Chyld

 

Golden Chyld "Rise Up" now available on iTunes.

Golden Chyld “Rise Up” now available on iTunes.

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Golden Chyld

After the success with his previous single, “Joanna Wine”, Canadian-born reggae artist, Golden Chyld, returns with his follow up single “Rise Up”.

This up-tempo, drum-driven reggae anthem flows with conscious lyrics that urges social action.  “The single ‘Rise Up’ was one of the core messages I wanted to convey to people for 2014.  Irrespective of what you’re going through, rising against all odds and doing your part to make society a better place is always one of the most lasting impacts you can make.  That’s what I want to do with my music: leave a lasting impact on fans and society,” Golden Chyld tells us.

“Rise Up” is now available on iTunes.  You can follow Golden Chyld on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

What do you think of “Rise Up”?  Comment below!

 

Conscious Reasoning: Our Interview with Sweden’s Million Stylez

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Million Stylez

Beyoncé, Gentleman and J Boog are just a few names Swedish reggae star, Million Stylez, has collaborated with.  Whether it’s R&B, reggae, dancehall or hip-hop, he injects his signature vocal style that is a combination of singing, rapping and deejaying.  Although, he’s worked with many artists, Million Stylez maintains a strong solo career and has multiple albums under his belt.  His latest EP, Songs About You (2013), showcases his softer side that’s full of positive lover’s rock, one drop riddims.  Recently, we caught up with Million Stylez to chat about his upcoming new music, reggae’s popularity in Sweden and much more!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s Your Viewers’ Choice: Top 20 Reggae & Dancehall Love Songs from Around the World

*Photos: Various Sources

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked all of you (the viewers)  to submit your favorite reggae and dancehall love songs from around the world.  Thank you everyone for your excellent song suggestions.  Although we couldn’t include every single video, we included the most requested songs.   In no specific order, here are your top picks for this lovely month of February (which is also National Reggae Month).  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Alexus Rose “Left Out” (USA)

Romain Virgo “Soul Provider” (Jamaica)

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New Zealand Raggamuffin Music Fest 2014 (Jan 31 – Feb 1)

*Photos: Various Sources including Raggamuffin Festival

The Reggae Around the World: Music Blog team is proud to announce the Raggamuffin Music Festival 2014 live in Rotorua, New Zealand:

Friday 31st Jan, 2014
SHAGGY // REBEL SOULJAHZ 
TIKI TAANE (Ft. OPTIMUS GRYME) // SOLJAH

Saturday 1st Feb, 2014
DAMIAN MARLEY (Ft. GHETTO YOUTHS INTERNATIONAL)
MORGAN HERITAGE // GROUNDATION
HOUSE OF SHEM // THREE HOUSES DOWN // SONS OF ZION

With more acts/special guests still to be announced!
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For more information, check them out on:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/raggamuffinNZ
Twitter – https://twitter.com/RaggamuffinFest
Instagram – http://instagram.com/raggamusicfestnz

Conkarah Fuses Reggae, Dancehall & Dubstep on “Be Mine”

*Photos courtesy of Conkarah and used with permission.

Every so often, there are artists that manage to create their own style; this usually results from the experimentation of combining multiple musical styles outside their comfort zone.  Bob Marley and The Wailers, Shaggy and Sean Paul were bold enough to do so and have gained international acclaim.

Conkarah is no different.  On his new EP, Loverbwoy/Rudebwoy (produced by Ezra), Conkarah fuses dubstep with reggae and dancehall to create a new style that we call “reggae-step”.  On his latest single, “Be Mine”, Conkarah mixes electronic dancehall rhythms, syncopated synth-reggae melodies and dramatic dubstep fader effects to craft this “reggae-step” love anthem.  Like most sing-jays, Conkarah switches between his fiery DJ toasting and sweet singing abilities throughout the song’s verses and choruses.  Both “Be Mine” and his EP prove that experimentation really does pay off.

What do you think of Conkarah’s “Be Mine” music video?  Comment below!  Be sure to follow Conkarah on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  You can also download a FREE copy of his new Loverbwoy/Rudebwoy EP on his Facebook page.

Mario Evon Serenades Us with “Soul Tek”

*Photos courtesy of Mario Evon & Reynaldo Martin

Have you ever experienced a deep, romantic connection with someone you’ve met for the very first time?  Mario Evon sure has; in “Soul Tek”, the reggae-soul singer/songwriter describes his serendipitous encounter with a beautiful girl.  According to Mario, soul tek is “the state of being experienced, when the spiritual or immortal part of a human is captivated by the essence of another human upon first exposure.  It is often categorized by increased heart rate and an overwhelming desire to access and remain in the company of the other human in order to sustain the connection.”

“Soul Tek”, Mario’s first single off his debut album Reggae-Soul M.E. on Love Volume 1, was recorded at Bob Marley’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica with a live band.  Evon’s smooth vocals and mollifying melodies create a catchy hook on the chorus:

Mi soul tek, mi soul tek yu baby
Soul tek to yu nah lie
Mi soul tek, mi soul tek to yu baby
Soul tek to yu cyaan hide

Sing along as you watch his new music video.  What do you think of “Soul Tek”?  Comment below!  “Soul Tek” is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.  You can follow Mario Evon on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

“Big Tings a Gwaan”: Our Interview with Legendary Reggae Band Inner Circle

Inner Circle HD Group

The Legendary Inner Circle

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Inner Circle

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Inner Circle’s 20 year plus music legacy, let us fill you in.  Although they are best known for their hit song “Bad Boys” (which became the iconic theme song for Fox’s TV show Cops), Inner Circle are much more than a television band.

Since the mid-70s, Inner Circle’s blend of reggae, rock and pop have solidified them as one of the first Jamaican reggae bands to crossover to the mainstream American music scene and have shared the stage with pop/rock music icons such as Elton John, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Conner, The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and more.  Additionally, this Grammy award-winning band has toured internationally, garnered a global fan base and has sold millions of records worldwide (some of their most notable albums include Bad Boys, Reggae Dancer and Big Tings).

Today, as one of the most esteemed bands in the industry, Inner Circle continues to create music on a daily basis at their own Circle Village recording studio and have collaborated with Damian & Stephen Marley, members of Morgan Heritage , Slightly Stoopid and many others.  We caught up with Inner Circle to chat about reggae’s popularity, their new Reggae Wave project, Circle Village Studios and much more.

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Kenya Meets Jamaica: Wyre ft. Alaine “NAKUPENDA PIA (I Love You Too)”

*All photos courtesy of Wyre and Alaine

Check out Wyre’s brand new jam  “NAKUPENDA PIA” (which means “I Love You Too” in Swahili).  This sensual single features Jamaica’s sexy Alaine who has collaborated with countless artists including Shaggy, Christopher Martin and more.  “NAKUPENDA PIA” fuses reggae and South African pop to create a wicked world sound!  Wyre and Alaine’s duet demonstrates how reggae music unites artists of all countries regardless of culture or language.

What do you think of “NAKUPENDA PIA”?  Comment below!