VP Records’ exhibit tells story of reggae music journey

February 07, 2019
Christopher Martin
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VP Records’ exhibition, ‘A Reggae Music Journey’, which has been mounted at the Sangster International Airport in the departure terminal, will remain at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport until June.

The exhibition was recently unveilled by representatives of VP Records as well as recording artistes Christopher Martin, Raging Fyah and Kemar Highcon. The multi-media exhibit is part of the label’s yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary and chronicles its history of working with some of the biggest artistes in reggae music.

“Our celebration of VP Records’ 40 years in America, has coincided with the citation from UNESCO that Jamaican reggae music is an intangible cultural treasure,” said Patricia Chin.

“This exhibit represents our shared heritage and some of the glorious achievements of reggae music. My hope is that all who visit our Reggae Music Journey will be inspired to strive for even greater things.”

The exhibition will be moved to Kingston’s Norman Manley Airport after its time in Montego Bay.

Featured material includes details of the company’s beginnings in Kingston, Jamaica, to the establishment of VP Records in Jamaica, New York. Fans of the label’s compilation series, Reggae Gold, Soca Gold and Strictly The Best will see the development of these individual projects over the years.

Most admired artistes

Artifacts including vinyl records, CDs and a platinum sales award for Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock LP are also weaved throughout the exhibit. Some of the genre’s most admired artistes, including Beres Hammond, Sanchez, Luciano, Garnett Silk, Lady Saw, Freddie McGregor, and Dennis Brown, who have had key releases distributed by VP Records are featured in the exhibit as well.

“Each year Sangster International Airport welcomes millions of travelers from across the globe, and it is with immense pride we present ‘A Reggae Music Journey’ so all visitors to Jamaica can see and experience VP Records’ contribution to reggae music,” said company president, Randy Chin.

“From Randy’s Records to some of our biggest hits and more, we’re proud of these accomplishments and it’s all here for the people to soak up,” he said.

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