Bunji Garlin “Truck On The Road”
Etana “Richest Girl (I Rise)”
Jah Cure “All of Me (John Legend Cover)
Spice “So Mi Like It”
Major Lazer ft. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green “Watch Out For This (Bumyaye)”
Fay-Ann Lyons “Catch Me”
Sean Paul ft. Konshens “I Want Dem All”
Agent Sasco “Sekkle and Cease”
QQ “Jack Hammer”
Gyptian ft. Melanie Fiona “One More Time”
Maxi Priest “Holiday”
Romain Virgo “Soul Provider”
VP Records’ Reggae Gold 2014 now available
*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.
VP Records celebrates their 35th Anniversary
VP Records Founders Vincent & Patricia Chin
The VP Family at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival 2014 in Queens, NYC
*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
*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!
House of Shem
House of Shem Live!
Chillin’ in New Zealand
House of Shem’s Full Band
The Reggae Family of New Zealand
House of Shem “Harmony” (2014)
*All photos courtesy of House of Shem
House of Shem is proof that musical genes run in the family. As one of New Zealand’s most successful and well-known reggae bands since 2008, House of Shem consists of Carl Perkins and his two sons Te Omeka and Isaiah. Carl is a reggae veteran in his own right with thirty-plus years in the industry singing, writing and playing guitar for bands such as Herbs, Mana and The Twelve Tribes of Israel. Carl’s sons, Te Omeka and Isaiah, follow in their father’s footsteps; they sing, play keyboards and compose as well. This strong musical trio allows the band to have three lead vocalists that harmonize each other perfectly. House of Shem’s family bond is an essential element to their incredible song writing ability.
The band’s most recent release Harmony (2014) has gathered international acclaim and attention due to their distribution deal with VP Records Associated Label Group (VPAL Music). The album’s first single and music video, “Take You There”, has gained over 160,000+ YouTube hits and continues to dominate the online reggae radio community.
One of our favorite tunes from Harmony is their lover’s rock anthem “She’s Mine. We know how much you all enjoy lover’s rock, so we made a video for our YouTube Channel! How do you like our video for House of Shem’s “She’s Mine”? Comment below!
I-Octane “Love You Like I Do”
Awa feat. House of Shem “Back in My Life”
Samantha J “Tight Skirt”
Elaine Shepherd “Lady in the Street”
Million Stylez “Time Stops”
Mavado & Nicki Minaj “Give It All To Me”
Romain Virgo “Soul Provider”
The Reggae Family of New Zealand
Common Kings “Your Turn”
Alexus Rose “Left Out”
Gentleman “In Your Arms”
Sons of Zion “Superman”
Damian Marley “Affairs of the Heart”
Chris Ellis “Don’t Change Your Number”
Shaggy & Ne-Yo “You Girl”
Wyre “No More”
Fireball “I Need You”
Ziggi Recado “Nothing But Love/Pure & Divine”
Jah Cure “That Girl”
Konshens “To Her With Love (They Say)”
*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)
Raggamuffin Festival in NZ
Sons of Zion
Ghetto Youths International
House of Shem
Three Houses Down
*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!
For more information, check them out on:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/raggamuffinNZ
Twitter – https://twitter.com/RaggamuffinFest
Instagram – http://instagram.com/raggamusicfestnz
*All photos courtesy of VP Records, Gyptian & Angela Hunte
Check out Gyptian‘s brand new music video for his latest single, “Vixen”, from his upcoming album Sex, Love & Reggae (VP Records). The song features songstress, Angela Hunte, who has worked with many reggae artists including Major Lazer and Slightly Stoopid.
What do you think of Gyptian & Angela Hunte’s “Vixen”? Comment below!
Hirie is one of Hawaii’s brightest breakout stars of 2013. Her debut album is available now on iTunes!
In the last year or so, Hawaiian artists have emerged onto the reggae scene in full force. Musicians such as The Green, J Boog and Anuhea have attracted attention from the reggae community across the world and have even lead to collaborations with prominent Jamaican artists like Tarrus Riley and Peetah Morgan.
Hawaii’s newest artist, Hirie, is certainly no different. Although she was born in the Phillipines and raised in Italy, Hirie spent most of her of life in Oahu, Hawaii. On her brand new debut album (VP Records Associated Label Group – VPAL), she mixes her silky, smooth voice with roots, reggae and pop to create her own unique style. Unlike many solo reggae artists, Hirie records with a live band as opposed to using pre-recorded mixtape “riddims”. This organic feel and sound truly sets Hirie apart from most singers in her genre. Recently, we got a chance to speak with Hirie about her album, reggae’s popularity in Hawaii and much more!
On set for her new music video “Sensi Boy”
Congrats on your debut album! What is your favorite song on your album and why?
Thank you! It’s hard to say! At the moment, my favorite song is “Lost and Found”. I really enjoy the vibes and the way it makes me feel when I listen to it.
How did your musical career begin? When did you discover you could sing?
I sang at a very young age, maybe three or four. My parents always said they knew I could sing because I would passionately belt out a Whitney Houston song; I began singing at home, in my basement, along with my Barbie karaoke machine (laughs)!
Tessanne Chin Wows the judges and crowd with Pink’s pop smash “Try”!
Christina was the first to turn.
A true vocal powerhouse!
Cee Lo was next …
Tessanne rocks the house!
Then Adam …
The reggae-soul sista proves she can sing anything!
Finally, Blake turned his chair.
The judges are all in!
Tessanne picks Adam!
“Thank you so much!” Congrats Tessanne!
*All photos courtesy of NBC’s The Voice
Last night on NBC’s The Voice, Jamaica’s pride and joy, Tessanne Chin impressed all four judges (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton) with her amazing cover of Pink’s pop hit “Try”. All four judges instantly hit their button in excitement to signify they wanted her on their teams. The crowd went wild and as she sang her final note!
After her performance, Adam complimented her by saying, “You can easily win The Voice this year, I don’t have a doubt in mind!” He added that reggae music is his favorite musical genre in the world. After much battling between the judges, Tessanne finally picked Team Adam!
We wish Tessanne Chin all the best of luck this season of The Voice! She could be the first Jamaican in history to win the contest! Go #TeamTessanne! Make sure you vote for her if she makes it to the live shows!
Check out her performance from last night below and also our video of her lover’s rock hit “Family”! What do you think of Tessanne Chin? Comment below!
Lead Vocals – Kris Bentley
Bass – Ian Lewis
Keyboards – Bernard “Touter” Harvey
Guitar – Roger Lewis
Drums & Percussion – Lancelot Hall
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.