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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Shaggy Discovers Trinidad’s Rising Reggae Artist: Our Interview with Tennille Amor

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Tennille Amor

International reggae superstar, Shaggy, sure knows excellent artists when he hears them.  His most recent find, Tennille Amor, is no exception and she’s been working hard on her debut album “EVOLVE through LOVE”.  Her latest single, ‘Lion,’ is a conscious roots reggae song that shares the powerful message of staying strong in difficult times.  It sounds very different from Tennille’s first single and music video, “Not the One” (produced by Shaggy), which is an empowering anthem about women standing up for themselves under pressure.  Her sweet, smooth vocal style appeals to a broad audience and her album’s lyrics of love resonate with everyone.  Similar to Shaggy, Tennille is also a generous philanthropist.  She heads up her own charity foundation that drills clean water wells in Tanzania, which also inspires much of her music’s lyrics.  We got a chance to chat with Tennille about her upcoming album, working with Shaggy, her own charity and much more!

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Our Interview with Mario Evon: Reggae-Soul Fusion at its Best!

Mario Evon is Berklee College of Music alumni

Mario Evon is Berklee College of Music alumni

Stevie Face,  AlaineCezar and Benjy Myaz  are just some of the artists Mario Evon has sung backup vocals for during his singing career.  Now, he’s emerged as a solo artist and has performed extensively in both the Caribbean and United States.

As a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Mario Evon’s reggae-soul fusion is nothing short of amazing.  His unique sound earned multiple performances at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival (2009, 2010 & 2013), opening for Marion Hall, Jon Secada, Hall & Oates and Gladys Knight.  His hit singles, “You Used 2 Love Me” and “Love In Di Mawnin”, continue to serenade audiences everywhere.  Recently, we got a chance to chat with Mario about his music, the Jazz and Blues Festival and more.

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