Reggae music exhibition opens at Jamaican Consulate in New York

VP Records Co-Founder Ms. Patricia Chin presents a collection of VP Records to Jamaican Consul General Ms. Alsion Wilson last Friday at the opening of the VP Records exhibit titled: A Reggae Music Journey at the Jamaican Consulate in New York. From left to right are VP Records VP Business Development Richard Lue, Mr. Christopher Chin and VP Marketing and Sales VP Aaron Talbert. (Photo Derrick Scott)

by Derrick Scott

NEW YORKA large number of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica came out on Friday evening (January 31) to attend the opening of “A reggae music journey»Pop-up exhibition on the occasion of Reggae Month in February, at the Jamaican Consulate in New York.

The exhibition, ‘A reggae music journey‘is a historical exhibition documenting the history of the Jamaican musical genre and is organized in collaboration with VP Records.

It features artifacts including historic vinyl records from the Van Pelt collection, and a platinum sale award for Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock LP awarded to company president Randy Chin.

In declaring the exhibit open, Jamaican Consul General in New York, Ms Alsion Wilson, said the Jamaican Consulate is honored to join the rest of the world in celebrating Reggae Month. “This exhibition over the next three weeks will provide Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica the opportunity to see and have a better understanding and appreciation of the genesis and development of Reggae music,” said Ms. Wilson.

“Since its birth, reggae music has empowered the voiceless and provided many opportunities for Jamaicans from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to leave a lasting legacy both in Jamaica and around the world,” Consul said. Jamaican general.

She went on to point out that “reggae music has left an important mark on the world. This is evidenced by the designation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to add Reggae music to the list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2018. ”

She highlighted the recent success of “young sensation Mikayla Simpson, also known as Koffee, who last Sunday became the youngest and first female reggae artist to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. of the determination and strong will that we as Jamaicans have to be successful. ”

“The Month of Reggae was first launched in 2008. Here we are 12 years later, hosting the first reggae music exhibition which I know will definitely not be the last,” she said. .

In her remarks, VP Records co-founder Ms. Patricia Chin told the general public that the exhibit chronicles over 40 years of operating VP Records in the United States and over sixty years of operation. in Jamaica.

She said her family believed it was very important to give Jamaicans the opportunity to see VP’s contribution to the preservation and development of reggae music.

An eight panel display tells the story of the label stretching back to its origins as Vincent and Patricia Chin’s Randy’s Record Mart in Kingston in the late 1950s, spanning to the present day and featuring its 40 years of existence in Jamaica, in Queens. The story of the company’s global impact and continued relevance is embedded in the history of reggae itself.

Reggae music exhibition opens at Jamaican Consulate in New York

VP Records Co-Founder Ms. Patricia Chin explains the concept of the reggae music exhibition to Jamaican Consul General Ms. Alsion Wilson and Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador, Carl Rattray, at the opening last Friday of the VP Records exhibition entitled: A Reggae Music Journey. at the Jamaican Consulate in New York. (Photo Derrick Scott)

Some of the genre’s most admired artists including Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy, Garnett Silk, Lady Saw and Freddie McGregor – who have had key releases distributed by VP Records or signed with VP Records – are featured in the exhibition too. The exhibition features the work of photographers David Corio, Anders Jones, Wonder Knack, Jonathan Mannion, Martei Korley and others.

On February 6, the birthday of reggae icon Bob Marley, the Consulate will live stream the Bob Marley Museum’s birthday celebrations on Hope Road.

On February 21, The Reggae Music Journey exhibit will run from the Consulate to the newly renovated VP Records retail store in Jamaica Queens.

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