VP Records Celebrates “A Reggae Music Journey” Pop-Up Exhibition at Jamaican Consulate in New York


A large number of Jamaicans and friends of the island came out on Friday evening to attend the opening of the pop-up exhibition “A Reggae Music Journey” on the occasion of Reggae Month in February, at the Jamaican Consulate in New York. .

The exhibition is a historical presentation documenting the history of the Jamaican musical genre and is organized in collaboration with the producers VP Records.

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

In declaring the exhibit open, Jamaican Consul General in New York, 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,” Wilson said.

“Since its birth, reggae music has given voice to 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 pointed 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. It is a testament to the determination and strong will that we as Jamaicans have to be successful ”.

“The Month of Reggae was 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 Patricia Chin told the general public that the exhibit chronicles the company’s more than 40 years of activity in the United States and its more than sixty years of activity in Jamaica.

She told him that the family believed it was very important to give Jamaicans the opportunity to see VP’s contribution to the safeguarding and maintenance of Reggae music.

Photos of Winston Rodney

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, Queens and New York. The story of the company’s global impact and continued relevance is woven into the history of reggae itself.

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 either had key releases distributed through VP Records or signed with VP Records – are featured in the exhibition as well.

The exhibition features the work of photographers David Corio, Anders Jones, Wonder Knack, Jonathan Mannion and Martei Korley.

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

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

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