Various Artists Compilation Album: Clarks in Jamaica

Greensleeves, in conjunction with One Love Books, is proud to present ‘Clarks in Jamaica’ the album tie-in with Al Fingers’ critically acclaimed book of the same name which chronicles the celebrated status of Clarks shoes in Jamaica.

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Various Artists – Clarks in Jamaica – Artwork

Al, who compiled the CD and recently gave a talk on the subject at the V&A says, “Growing up in England I’ve always been fascinated by the Jamaican love of Clarks shoes and the way the brand is referenced within reggae and dancehall music. Vybz Kartel‘s tune ‘Clarks’ brought the phenomenon to many people’s attention in 2010, but the relationship goes back a lot longer, and I wanted to bring attention to that, highlighting the work of artists such as Dillinger and Little John who sang about Clarks many years before.

 

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Alborosie Meets King Jammy: Dub Of Thrones

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Alborosie Meets King Jammy – Dub Of Thrones – Artwork

VP Records/ Greensleeves announced the April 2015 worldwide release of Alborosie Meets King Jammy- Dub Of Thrones, a historic pairing of one of Jamaica’s most pivotal dub legends King Jammy with the modern Italian-born dubmaster Alborosie. Mixed by Alborosie at his Shengen studio and King Jammy at his studio in the Waterhouse district of Kingston, this old-school meets new-school dub battle delivers an authentic dub reggae listening experience.

The album’s throwback style and packaging captures the 1980’s reggae era and includes a fully-illustrated package by Tony McDermott, one of the illustrators of that time and today. The mostly instrumental collection will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl LP and digitally.

Alborosie and King Jammy plan to tour in support of this release throughout the summer. Dates will be announced shortly.

Ragga Ragga Ragga is Back With the 2014 Edition

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The annual dancehall compilation from Greensleeves features the latest raw and X-rated tunes that are bubbling in the clubs and heating up the streets. This year’s installment includes hits from Spice, Vybz Kartel, I-Octane, Alkaline, Busy Signal and more.  Download Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014 now!

Various Artists - Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014 - Artwork

Various Artists – Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014 – Artwork

WATCH Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014 cover girl and dancehall queen Miss Likkle Bit show her skills on the featured track Spice’s “So Mi Like It.” 

 

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Reggae Vault Classics Features Henry “Junjo” Lawes & Hits From Volcano

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Reggae Vault Classics highlights legendary reggae music producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes and spins hit songs from his Volcano Record Label in this Featured Icon Segment by Highlanda Sound.

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Playlist

1  Kingdom Rise and Kingdom Fall – The Wailing Souls

2  Firehouse Rock (Waterhouse Rock) – The Wailing Souls

3  Give Another Israel A Try – Barry Brown

4  Ganja Dub – Scientist

5  Police In HelicopterJohn Holt

6  Bible Story – Early B

7  Sister Carol – Barrington Levy

8  Bubbling Telephone – Charlie Chaplin

9  Ice Cream Love – Johnny Osborne

10 Lost Mi Love – Yellowman

11 Miss Know It All – Scientist

12 Come Fe Mash It – Tony Tuff

13 Who Can Make The Dance Ram – Yellowman

14 21 Girls Salute – Barrington Levy

15 Rocking DollyCocoa Tea

16 I Am The Don – Leroy Smart

17 Mr. Chin – Yellowman

18 Bam Bam – Yellowman & Fathead

19 Virgin Girl (A Wha Do Dem) – Eek-A-Mouse

20 Prison Oval Rock – Barrington Levy

21 Hog and Goat – Don Carlos

22 Gunman – Michael Prophet

23 Stealing – John Holt

24 Nobody Move Noboby Get Hurt – Yellowman

25 Jam Dance Master – Yellowman

26 Pass The Kushungpeng – Frankie Paul

27 Worries In The Dance – Frankie Paul

28 Zunguzunguguzungguzeng – Frankie Paul

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Greensleeves Reggae Label Finally Posts A Profit

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Greensleeves Records and Publishing, the Middlesex, UK-based reggae recording label, reported it’s first profit in years. Greensleeves’ new president Olivier Chastain, explained that the profits were due to increased sales and business improvements such as office consolidations, outsourced distribution, and reissuing sections of the label’s back catalog. The news is seen as a possible revival in a previously-shrinking reggae industry.

“The main focus has been to improve sales and marketing. This has brought the company back to profitability since June (even though we have a lot of liabilities dating back to [our previous ownership by UK-based Zest Group] to cover),” said Chastain in an exclusive interview with Splash.

The declaration was made a mere 5 months after rival VP Records acquired Greensleeves from the Zest Group in February 2008. Zest sold Greensleeves at a loss of £738,000 since it’s purchase of the label in 2006, even though the Greensleeves catalog had grown during the 2 years of ownership.

Administrative costs led to much of the label’s losses under Zest; as part of the VP acquisition, Greensleeve’s US and Japan offices were merged with VP. Chastain himself was previously the head of marketing at VP and was promoted to his new role during the labels’ merger.

Greensleeves is the world’s largest reggae publisher, selling reggae hits in the US, Japan, France, Germany, Benelux, Canada and Scandinavia. The label’s back catalogue includes 400 albums and 900 singles, and they intend to reissue as many as possible, according to Chastain: “We invested in a major catalogue reissue programme to ensure that all of the back-catalogue is available for sale; we started putting out new products such as Fantan Mojah‘s new album or Sizzla‘s Best Of.”

The Greensleeves hit list is long and growing: in addition to past successes such as Elephant Man‘s first 3 albums, Ward 21, and Vybz Kartel‘s 2004 debut, the label has signed new deals with current reggae and dancehall artistes such as Busy Signal and Etana.

Chastain is cautiously optimistic about the label’s turnaround, declaring that “it will take a year or so to start seeing concrete results but the early signs are extremely positive. On the music publishing front, we signed a lot of writers to Greensleeves Publishing (Llamar Brown, Busy Signal, Etana, Shane Brown, Fantan Mojah, Demarco, to name a few), changed some of our administration deals internationally, invested heavily in marketing the catalogue and changed our internal computer/royalty management software.”

The infusion of Queens, New York-based VP Records’ strong management style seems to be living up to their slogan of “Miles Ahead in Reggae Music.” VP Records also owns the 17 North Parade label that has made frequent appearances on this site.

Via the Jamaica Observer.