Top Reggae Star Gyptian Leaves the VP Record Label

Reggae Super-Star, Gyptian, announced his departure from VP Records due to the expiration of his contract.

Reggae Super Star Gyptian Leaves VP Records Music Group

Reggae star Gyptian

The ultra successful Reggae / Dancehall artist, who delivered Billboard topping albums ‘My Name is Gyptian’ in 2006, ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’ in 2008, ‘Hold You’ in 2010 and ‘Sex, Love, and Reggae’ in 2013, as well as earned multiple international awards and a gold-selling single, has reached the decision to move on from his lengthy stay with the label. “It has been a great journey with special memories made and I’m thankful for all the opportunities, but unfortunately I have decided to part ways with VP Music Group.”

The contract offered a clause in which VP Music Group could renew the option to continue making music with Gyptian, and after two years, the artist and his management team realized that this option will not be renewed. From a legal perspective “VP Records for more than two years has failed to render the payment option and operated with malicious intent in its refusal to comply with its contractual obligation.”

As Gyptian embraces the beginning of a new musical chapter in his life, he’s eager to get in the studio and make music under his own label, Ryte Dyrekshan Records. “It’s time I get back to doing what I love which is making music, and time for my fans to hear from me again so I can get out the road and see them. They’ve been asking and begging for new music – time to make that happen.”

Marsha Ambrosius, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Romain Virgo, Ikaya, Raging Fyah, Jah9, Christopher Ellis, The Green, Katchafire, Jah Cure, No Maddz, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, Exco Levi, Kelissa, Jahmiel, Iba Mahr, Keznamdi

VP RECORDS REMEMBERS “THE CROWN PRINCE OF REGGAE” DENNIS BROWN

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Compilation Features Covers from Marsha Ambrosius, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Romain Virgo, Ikaya, Raging Fyah, Jah9, Christopher Ellis, The Green, Katchafire, Jah Cure, No Maddz, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, Exco Levi, Kelissa, Jahmiel, Iba Mahr, Keznamdi and more.

DENNIS BROWN Double-Disc Tribute Album Will Drop June 3, 2016

DENNIS BROWN Double-Disc Tribute Album Will Drop June 3, 2016

Hailed by NPR Morning Edition as one of the 50 great voices of all time – the Jamaican musical icon Dennis Brown began his recording career at the tender age of 11 and released more than 75 albums during his all too short 42 years on Earth. Although the reggae legend passed away in 1999, his music and legacy live on.

VP Records, the world’s leading reggae label, will pay homage to Brown on June 3, 2016 with an extensive tribute album of his timeless hits and deep cuts titled, We Remember Dennis Brown. The 30-song collection features a wide and impressive range of reggae and R&B voices covering crucial Dennis Brown compositions. The set was produced by Jamaican legend Clive Hunt with an all-star team of musicians.
In February (Brown’s birthday month), VP Records premiered one song from the album every Friday for five weeks – including “Caress Me” from one of Jamaica’s brightest voices Romain Virgo, “Milk & Honey” by roots reggae rockers Raging Fyah, “Bloody City” from the Caribbean’s soulful songstress Jah9, “Promised Land” from Hawaiian reggae band The Green and “Have You Ever” by R&B powerhouse Marsha Ambrosius.

In addition to these power hitters, We Remember Dennis Brown will feature an array of singers from Brown’s native country and across the globe who he influenced. Jamaica’s latest crop of stars (including Jah Cure, Gyptian, Iba Mahr, Kabaka Pyramid, Kelissa, Keznamdi, Chronixx and Jesse Royal) as well as the island’s icons who worked with Brown (like reggae vocalists Bushman and Freddie McGregor) all offer their contributions. Freddie’s son Chino McGregor and Christopher Ellis, the talented UK-based singer and offspring of Alton Ellis (another one of Brown’s musical mentors and confidants), both deliver powerful renditions of Brown’s classics.

New Zealand rockers also create a breezy rendition of “If I Had The World.” The worldly collection proves that his universal sound transcends all boundaries of time, race and creed. Each artist adds their own original flair to Brown’s profound soul-stirring sound – touching the hearts of new and old fans alike on this unique multi-disc collection. We Remember Dennis Brown will include deluxe packaging as well as extensive liner notes on the belated legend.

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DENNIS BROWN

Dennis Brown was greatly influenced by American balladeers such as Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as well as Jamaican singers like Delroy Wilson and John Holt. At only 12-years-old, he cut his first hit “No Man Is An Island” at Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s famous Studio One. Within the years, he was a force to be reckoned with musically – dubbed the “Boy Wonder of Jamaica” and “Crown Prince of Reggae.” Before he was 16, he had worked with Jamaica’s top recording artists (Alton Ellis, Horace Andy) and producers of the time (Prince Buster, Dennis Alcapone, Winston “Niney” Holness and Vincent “Randy” Chin).

In the 1970s, he worked closely with producer Joe Gibbs and released multiple albums. One of the album’s songs “Money in my Pocket,” peaked at #14 on UK Top 40 chart becoming one of the biggest international hits in Jamaica’s history. This success landed him the cover of the NME’s February 1979 issue. Enthusiastically adapting to the new dancehall era, Brown released a huge amount of work throughout the 1980s recording with genre’s major producers like King Jammy on Brown’s 1986 album The Exit and Gussie Clarke in 1989 with the Gregory Isaacs duet “Big All Round” and the album Unchallenged. He continued to record prolifically in the 1990s before his passing. His 1994 album Light My Fire and 2001 release Let Me Be the One were both nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

TRACK LISTING:

Iba Mahr, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi, Chronixx, Exco Levi, Kelissa, Jahmiel, Kabaka Pyramid & Rockaz Elements – I Need Your Love (Rasta Children)
Bushman – Don’t Want To Be No General
The Green – Promised Land
Raging Fyah – Milk and Honey
Christopher Ellis – Created By The Father
Mutabaruka & Marla Brown – Words of Wisdom
Chino – Melting Pot
Yahsha – The Existence Of Jah
Jamelody- Halfway Up, Halfway Down
Freddie McGregor – Little Village
Mykal Rose – Easy Take It Easy
Jah9 – Bloody City
Richie Spice – Wolves and Leopards
Shuga – Black Liberation
VP Hit Team – To The Foundation
Romain Virgo – Caress Me
Marsha Ambrosius – Have You Ever
No Maddz – Rocking Time
Maxi Preist – Love Me Always
Jamelody & Ikaya – Love Has Found Its Way
Sanchez – Your Love Got A Hold On Me
Katchafire – If I Had The World
Etana – Should I
Jah Cure – Ghetto Girl
Christopher Martin – Baby Don’t Do It
Gyptian – How Can I
Ikaya – For You
Dalton Harris – No More Will I Roam
Jah Vinci – Money in My Pocket
VP Hit Team – Silhouette

The No More War Riddim, featuring Gyptian

the No More War Riddim, featuring Gyptian

Artwork for the No More War Riddim,

For an uplifting experience, check out these singles from the new “No More War” riddim, in stores now.

 

Featured New Singles from Da Music Vault – November 13, 2013

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Sex, Love, and Reggae: A spotlight on Gyptian’s new album

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Download: ‘Sex, Love, and Reggae’ Mixtape from Gyptian

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Gyptian‘s new album ‘Sex, Love and Reggae’ is getting ready for release on October 29th, 2013.

Check out this free download now of the full length ‘Sex, Love and Reggae’ mixtape.

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Mixtape includes exclusive remixes of Gyptian’s past hits and teasers from the upcoming album.

Download or preview ‘Sex, Love, and Reggae’ Mixtape from Gyptian 

New Gyptian Album “Sex, Love & Reggae” coming soon

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Gyptian is breaking out with the hot new song “Vixen” featuring Angela Hunte (co-writer on Empire State of Mind) and produced by Jerry ‘Wonda’ Duplessis (Fugees, Mary J Blige, Miguel) .

Gyptian is breaking out with the hot new song "Vixen" featuring Angela Hunte (co-writer on Empire State of Mind) and produced by Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis (Fugees, Mary J Blige, Miguel) . Vixen is the lead single form the forthcoming album Sex, Love & Reggae (in stores October 2013).

Vixen is the lead single form the forthcoming album Sex, Love & Reggae (in stores October 2013).

Here’s a little teaser for all the Gyptian fans out there.

© 2013 VP Records

 

VP Releases Various Artists Album ‘Reggae Gold 2013’

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It’s time to go for the gold, with Reggae Gold 2013!

Various Artists: Reggae Gold 2013
Reggae Gold is the ultimate reggae music compilation with the big hits and crucial crossover tracks from the past 12 months.  Reggae Gold also features a bonus disc of 11 classic reggae hits from the past.

Reggae Gold is the cornerstone of Reggae music in the US mainstream and urban market for the reggae genre for 18 years and counting.  Summertime means reggae music and Reggae Gold is leading the pack with today’s hottest artists.

Reggae Gold 2013 features the talents of Beres Hammond & Shaggy, Gyptian, Konshens, Major Lazer featuring Johnny Osbourne and Snoop Lion featuring Mavado & Popcaan among others.

SNOOP LION – “LIGHTERS UP FT. MAVADO & POPCAAN (BENNY PAGE REMIX)”

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Benny Page releases a free download of his new official remix of Snoop Lion’s “Lighters Up,” ahead of preparing his 1st studio album.

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This remix adds to his catalogue of major artist remixes for the likes of Gyptian, B.o.B, Nas, Jessie J and Tinnie Tempah.

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UK producer and DJ, Benny Page is currently preparing studio sessions in both the UK and Jamaica for his 1st studio album.

The eclectic sounds of the album draw from influences ranging from dancehall to trap, reggae to drum & bass and dubstep, and is being voiced by some of the finest upcoming and established dancehall and reggae talent from around the world.

Presently Benny’s management is scouting for any vocal artists interested in being part of the project. To get involved please contact his management at hal@geejam.com.

 

Gyptian – Come Over Remix feat. Makia Downing

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GAME ON LOCK ENTERTAINMENT and EASTLINK RECORDS release Gyptian – Come Over Remix feat. Makia Downing

(Official Music Video)
http://www.GameOnLock.com RELEASES HOT NEW SINGLE “COME OVER”

Gyptian’s “Non Stop” Featured On Ragga Ragga Ragga 2013

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Reggae superstar Gyptian is back with “Non Stop,” a hard-hitting tune that is guaranteed to heat up the dancehall.

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The “Slap Weh Chief’s” latest single serves as the lead track from the 2013 installment of Greensleeves/VP Records’ legendary dancehall series, Ragga Ragga Ragga.

Much to the enjoyment of club-goers everywhere, “Non Stop” commands the gyals to “wine wine wine” and “tick like a clock.” The scorching hot video, which showcases some of the finest dancehall queens strutting their stuff for Gyptian, has already been featured in such outlets as World Star Hip Hop and VIBE, among others.

Gyptian’s biggest single, “Hold Yuh,” was recently certified Gold by the RIAA, marking sales of over 500,000 units.  “Non Stop” will be working non-stop in the clubs, at the party, in your ride, and on the radio all summer long. Download and get it in the mix now!

Ragga Ragga Ragga 2013 Various Artists Compilation Is Back

The annual compilation from Greensleeves Records features 14 of the hottest dancehall hits from today’s top artists, including Gyptian, Busy Signal, Konshens, and Mavado.

Ragga Ragga Ragga is back. The annual compilation from Greensleeves Records features 14 of the hottest dancehall hits from today's top artists, including Gyptian, Busy Signal, Konshens, and Mavado. Ragga Ragga Ragga captures the raw side of the dancehall scene with the tracks that are running the clubs.

Ragga Ragga Ragga captures the raw side of the dancehall scene with the tracks that are running the clubs.

 

New Kingston: Waiting On The World To Change

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New Kingston: Waiting On The World To Change

New Kingston: Waiting On The World To Change

New Kingston is a Pop Reggae trio of Stephen, Courtney & Tahir Panton (sons of reggae veteran Courtney Panton). The group has built a strong reputation as a touring back-up band for Collie Buddz, Gyptian and Mr. Vegas among others. Now, with their new single “Waiting On The World To Change” New Kingston shows their versatility with this great cover of the Jon Mayer hit, produced by Mr. Dean Fraser.

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Releases “80s Rock Riddim” on iTunes

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Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor premiered his new riddim album, “80s Rock Riddim,” Tuesday, January 8, 2013 on iTunes, representing the first of an upcoming series of 1980s-styled pop-reggae projects.

The riddim album – which features new tracks from Gappy Ranks, Gyptian, Aaron Silk and JC Lodge – combines musical motifs from Brit-pop, R&B, soul and 1980’s dancehall, to create a distinctive mixture of melodic pop with a propulsive one-drop bass groove.

Kemar 'Flava' McGregor Releases "80s Rock Riddim" on iTunes

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Releases “80s Rock Riddim” on iTunes

In early 2012, McGregor departed from the reggae mainstream, and began producing pop-reggae tracks for the corporate licensing market, which enlists a higher percentage of uplifting 1980s-era tracks that remind listeners of reggae’s bygone golden era.

With “80s Rock Riddim,” McGregor wanted to repair a longstanding credibility problem within the modern reggae industry – an industry that erroneously insists on producing music with negative lyrics and depressing musical styles that reggae fans never wanted, and often at the expense of melodic, party reggae, which has always attracted more customers globally than the negative-themed music of the reggae mainstream.

The concept of ‘80s Rock’ is to try to bring people back to the good old days of vocal reggae,” said McGregor. “The 1980s was where reggae got its fame and popularity. There’s a joy that I get from listening to ‘80s music – it makes you feel like living is worthwhile. And it’s not just reggae, it’s a lot of the ‘80s music. There’s also some good R&B that makes you feel that way.”

McGregor said “80s Rock Riddim” was inspired in large part by the great riddims of the 1980s, including “Far East” (Barry Brown’s version from 1986), “Sleng Teng” (1985), and popular albums “Big Ship,” by Freddie McGregor (1982), and “Rub-A-Dub Style,” by Michigan & Smiley (1980).

From McGregor’s point of view, these styles established reggae music as a universal worldwide party idiom, which would guarantee celebratory vibes regardless of where the music was played.

Apparently, today’s reggae scene has lost this celebratory spirit, McGregor said.

When I used to watch videotapes from the 1980s, I would see all those people dancing – the couples were slow-wining so tight, that not even the breeze could get through them,” McGregor said. “Today, when I go to a party, the ladies will be standing on the left side of the room, and the men will be standing on the right. The men will be screwing their faces, and the women will be standing with their arms crossed. That’s not the way to party.”

When I look at a dance floor today, I’ll hear a bunch of noise coming from the speakers, and when I look at the dance floor, I’ll expect to see a man and a woman dancing, but instead I’ll see a group of men dancing in the middle of the floor by themselves. I don’t want to see that.”

To illustrate his love for 1980s music, McGregor recorded a mixture of melodic songs from the most active artists in the new reggae industry, including Aaron Silk, Junior Kelly, Gappy Ranks, Adele Harley and Ammoye, along with a cadre of vocal legends from the 2000-decade mixtape era, such as Norris Man, Gyptian, Jah Mali and Tony Anthony. In addition, “80s Rock Riddim” will contain songs from “America’s Got Talent” finalist Cas Haley, and British reggae luminaries JC Lodge, Carroll Thompson and Don Campbell.

McGregor’s ultimate goal is to send a message that reggae’s survival will require producers to satisfy the demands of real customers, instead of using drug money to promote negative-themed music that no one wants to buy. McGregor said sales statistics already indicate that consumers prefer the sound of the 1980s.

Overall, I would say the music of the 1980s was more uplifting. There was more joy into it,” McGregor said. “Most of what the artists were saying in their lyrics – whether it was lovers rock, roots or rub-a-dub – you were excited about what was taking place. The stuff they were singing about, like Yellowman and Michigan & Smiley, it would make you want go out and have a good time. That’s why I like the ‘80s music. It has a lot of value to it.”

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Divine Brown and Gyptian’s Pop Reggae Version of ‘Beautiful Lady’

Beautiful Lady – Gyptian And Divine Brown , Produced By Produced By Kemar Flava Mcgregor

Download Beautiful Lady – Gyptian And Divine Brown on iTunes

Reggae star Gyptian and Canadian R&B diva Divine Brown formerly known as

English: Divine Brown performing with Youssou ...

English: Divine Brown performing with Youssou N’Dour in Toronto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Divine Earth Essencereleased a collaborative pop-reggae version of Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor’s one-drop classic, “Beautiful Lady,” last Friday on iTunes.  The new single – a romantic duet that interpolates Divine Brown’s sensual vocals with Gyptian’s world-famous melody – will be featured on Divine Brown’s upcoming album, which is due for release in 2013 by Universal Music Group.

The duet version of “Beautiful Lady” reflects McGregor’s newfound pop culture affinities – adding Canada’s favorite R&B songstress to the bubbly character of Gyptian’s melody, energized by a cheery, beachfront roots riddim. “’Beautiful Lady’ is a feel-good song,” said McGregor. “Divine Brown makes the song even more romantic, and the riddim takes the song to another level. It captures the feel-good vibe of the original, but the new beat has a pop feel that makes the song even more mainstream. It’s more commercial and radio friendly.”

Divine Brown said “Beautiful Lady” represents one of her favorite songwriting themes. She said the song will have a sensual appeal among reggae fans, because of the spur-of-the-moment romance motif in the song’s lyrics.  “I want people to feel sexy when they hear ‘Beautiful Lady’ – it’s such a sensual track about love at first sight,” said Divine Brown. “Love songs are one of the most universal themes in music. Everyone has fallen in love. I tend to draw from personal experiences when I write love songs. The process is relaxing and fun.”

Born in Toronto, Canada, Divine Brown is a four-time Juno Award nominee (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards), and she won the Juno Award for “R&B Soul Recording of the Year” in 2009. She has a five-octave vocal range, and her singles have been featured on the Billboard Dance Club Play Chart and the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 Chart.

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Supreme Promotions To Launch Charity Arm, The Supreme Foundation

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Supreme Promotions Limited will be launching its charity arm, The Supreme Foundation on December 12, 2012 at 7 pm at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel.

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Supreme Foundation Launch Event

The Supreme Foundation is geared towards transforming the lives of Jamaican children and their caregivers through health and educational support. This foundation is a non-government entity that aims to serve and positively transform lives. The main beneficiaries of the Supreme Foundation are the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Dare to Care Aids Hospice and the Marlie Hill Primary School (St. Catherine).

The Victoria Jubilee Hospital is in need of life saving equipment and the proceeds from this Wednesday’s launch will be used to purchase seven well needed Fetal Central Monitoring Systems for the hospital . You can make a difference and save a child’s life by supporting the initiative. Come out and enjoy performances by international reggae superstar, Gyptian, Christopher Martin, Ikaya, Daville and Karen Smith. Get inspired by guest speaker, Alvin Day, author of the book ‘If Caterpillars Can Fly So Can I’.

Contribution is $2,000.00 per person and cocktails will be served between 7 – 7:30 PM at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel. Welcome are gifts for children in need this holiday season. To Purchase tickets email info@supremepromotionsja.com

35 Burlington Ave
Kingston 10, Jamaica
http://www.SupremePromotionsJA.com
(876) 920-5230

Sting 2012 Official Poster Unveiled

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Sting 2012 Poster

Sting 2012 Poster. Click for Info.

Sting 2012, the greatest one-night reggae show on Earth starring Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Chronixx, Daville, Gyptian, I-Wayne, Khago, Mavado, Popcaan, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Zamunda, Sizzla Kalonji, and Romain Virgo to name a few.  Busy Signal is also slated to hit the stage.

Brand New Official HD Video for Gyptian’s hit song “Overtime”

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Check out the brand new Official HD video for Gyptian‘s hit song “Overtime.”

“Overtime” from Gyptian is featured on Reggae Gold 2012 and is the lead track from the Overtime riddim. Produced by Justus Arison (Overproof Riddim), the track captures Gyptian expressing his passions for the ladies as only he can. The mid-tempo groove has a strong appeal for females and the vocal performance is consistent with Gyptian favorites from recent past.

Get Gyptian’s SLR – EP on iTuneshttp://smarturl.it/GyptianSLR

Mixtape: 2012 Dancehall From Junior Gong to Busy Signal

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HIGHLANDA SOUND presents DANCEHALL NOW 2012 Volume 3 PROMO MIX.  Listen now via Mixclouddownload a tracked CD, or download an MP3 you can play on your mobile device.

Dancehall Now 2012 Promo Mix Volume 3

Dancehall Now 2012 Promo Mix Volume 3 (cover)

DANCEHALL NOW is a live music-oriented, syndicated radio program that spotlights the latest and greatest in dancehall and other popular Caribbean genres of music.  Catch the show live on DaFlavaRadio.com Tuesdays at 6pm EST.  For more information Twitter: @DancehallNow and Facebook.com/DancehallNow.