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Archived: Launch Pad Label for Jamaica’s Kartel, Shaggy, Beenie and Others, Set to Celebrate 40 Years.

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Legendary U.K. based reggae label, Greensleeves Records will celebrate its 40th anniversary with new and commemorative product releases and multiple events in London, Paris and New York throughout Spring and Summer 2017. The festivities kicks off this April for Record Store Day and continue through September capping at the Notting Hill carnival in London. Key releases this year include new albums from current label heavyweights Alborosie and King Jammy, plus re-issues and compilations from the historic label catalogue. Greensleeves has continued to flourish since becoming part of VP Records in 2008 and continues to prevail in retaining its own identity, making its 40th anniversary a true celebration.

Beenie Man is one of many Jamaican entertainer’s whose music is apart of the Greensleeves/ VP Brand.

Greensleeves Records was founded in 1977 by Chris Sedgwick and Chris Cracknell after the two reggae enthusiasts moved their record shop to Shepherds Bush, London. Through licensing and commissioning original recordings from Jamaica’s top producers, Sedgwick and Cracknell built a formidable catalogue of essential reggae while catering to the developments of lover’s rock and dancehall reggae styles. The label is also hailed as being the launch pad for the successes of legends Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and more. 1977 was a seminal year in music and Greensleeves played a significant role in catapulting reggae onto the international stage.

Now, with its 40-year anniversary, there couldn’t be a better time to initiate celebrations for a label that began in a record shop, than on Record Store Day –  a day for international music lovers and vinyl collectors. On April 22nd, Greensleeves releases the limited press 7″ EP titled “White Man In Hammersmith Palais.” The title is from the 1977 song by the punk rock legends The Clash, inspired by a concert line up that featured Ken Boothe, Dillinger, Leroy Smart and Delroy Wilson. The 7″ EP features a hit from each of the four artists, packaged with a replica of the concert’s promotional poster. June 21st is Paris Music Day, and the label plans to commemorate its 40th anniversary with an outdoor sound system performance by Blackboard Jungle Sound on the grounds of the Cite De La Musique: Philharmonie De Paris in Paris, France. The museum is the site of the current exhibit on reggae culture titled Jamaica Jamaica! On the same day, the label plans a 40th anniversary celebration concert at the legendary BB King’s in Times Square, New York. Events will continue in London through August and September including the Greensleeves 40th celebration concert at the One Love Reggae & Dub Festival.
Though Greensleeves label mines the catalogue for collector’s packages each year, the 40th anniversary boasts classic album re-issues from Hugh Mundell, Augustus Pablo, Keith Hudson, Sylford Walker, Linval Thompson and more. Further emphasizing the depth of the combined VP/ Greensleeves vault, the company will release 40th anniversary editions of Culture “Two Sevens Clash,” “African Dub Chapter Two” by Joe Gibbs and a three LP/ three CD, 40th Anniversary edition package of The Congos “Heart Of The Congos.” Greensleeves 40th anniversary promises to be a collectors dream, with multiple classics available with rarities and extras. Also, coming this year is the forty-track “Total Reggae – Greensleeves” giving fans a four-decade overview of Greensleeves label classics.
“We are very proud of the legacy of the Greensleeves label and all of our joint successes so far,” said Randy Chin. President of VP Records. “We will continue to nurture and enhance this catalogue that is essentially a history of the music. Here’s to the next 40 years,” Chin continued.
“Greensleeves Record label is riotous, razor-sharp and perennially cool” notes U.K .journalist John Masouri, “it’s a grand archive, with many of the best reggae and dancehall recordings ever made.” The label has remained faithful to the music and is worthy of the celebration.
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Is Angie Comin’ Back To Us? Sought After Hit Creator’s On Her Grind, Releases New Video for ‘Gettin Ova You’.

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Bet you didn’t realize that Angela Hunte’s debut as an artiste, came in 2015 when she collaborated with Machel Montano on the soca track, “Party Done”. Yes. That’s when she actually started singing. Before that, the Brooklyn songwriter and mom, was just that. She was and still is considered one of contemporary music’s most sought after songwriters, creating lyrics for artistes across genres. Yep. That’s that Caribbean blood she’s got in her veins. Angela wasn’t born in Trinidad and Tobago but she did grow up with her family in Trinidad.

Angie is celebrating the rewards of her hard work as an artist these days. Her album R.A.W. debuted on the Reggae Album Charts at #9 in September and a few days ago she unleashed the official video for the opening track on the album, ‘Gettin Ova You.’ The track speaks of a woman who can’t move past a previous relationship, something Angela says most people, especially women, can relate to. The song’s visuals were shot at various spots in Miami. Coining herself a genre-less artiste, Angela Hunte, while having started her singing career on stage in Trinidad and Tobago’s Greatest Show on Earth, told Billboard, “people have tried to pigeonhole me as a soca artist but I don’t want to be put in a box. I am just an artist, and I am going to do what I feel like.”

R.A.W includes collabs with Jamaica’s Tarrus Riley on the single, “King and Queen,” and Taranchyla and Brooklyn Rose on the single, “Rub Dub.”

Whether the songbird will be a part of T&T’s 2018 Carnival season is yet to be confirmed. On Monday, the singer shared another single called, “The Unknown’ – a track by dEvolve and features Hunte. She wrote:

We are “THE UNKNOWN” in a time where everyone is searching for something to validate their existence we remain in the shadows true to our music, refusing to follow but choosing to rebel against the music masses and do what we feel instead of beings laves to camps, teams, squads, crews.”

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Rihanna Tells Fans in Barbados, “Keep the Faith.” Singer Honored on Barbados’ Independence.

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“I couldn’t be more honoured to have the street that I was raised on, the street that I grew up on . . . my dreams were born on this very street right here. I know that the saying believe in your dreams sounds cliché but I guarantee you that the only thing that got me here was believing in my dreams. I never doubted it.” – Rihanna. 

 

The internationally acclaimed singer, actress and philanthropist was yesterday honored in the country of her birth, Barbados on the occasion of Barbados’ 51st Independence. The renaming of the popular Westbury New Road to Rihanna Drive took place amid inclement weather and among guests like Barbados’ Prime Minister, Fruendel Stuart and the island’s Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley.

Yesterday, Rihanna offered advice to those with big dreams in the audience, saying that while there were days when she was doubtful and discouraged, prior to making it out of Barbados to pursue her dreams, she kept the faith. “It really was just faith, that childlike faith and even now, when I get a little bit discouraged or doubtful, it’s the thing that I go back to, having faith in God. I want to encourage not just the people of Westbury New Road and the community but all the people of Barbados, all the young women and young men, who have dreams and think that the world is up against them, it is possible so just keep believing. Never forget that faith could go a very, very long way,” she said.

The Caribbean born superstar  rocked a deep yellow colored dress with an updo that showed off her unique features. The bestowed honor at home comes on the heels of Rihanna’s launch of her Fenty Beauty line a few months ago.

 

 

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