VP’s ‘Reggae Mandela’ salutes icon
VP Records is celebrating the life and legacy of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela 100 years after his birth and 25 years after his election in April 1994 as president of South Africa with the 'Reggae Mandela' collection.
Released for Black History Month 2019, Reggae Mandela chronicles the awareness within the reggae community of Mandela's struggles, as well as the collective celebration of his victory over apartheid, his freedom, and his ascension to the presidency.
The collection begins in the late '70s with the Mighty Travellers' underground anthem South Africa, and carries the energy through 36 tracks across two CDs (12 of which are featured on a limited-edition vinyl LP).
Highlights include Half Pint's Freedom Fighters, recorded for Channel One, and a young Yami Bolo in exceptional form on Free Mandela, under the supervision of keyboard king Jackie Mittoo.
The artistes featured include the Mighty Diamonds, Junior Murvin, Alpha Blondy, Aswad, Jimmy Cliff, Cocoa Tea, Sugar Minott, Barrington Levy, and dozens more.
Nelson Mandela would have been 100 last year and there is an exhibition travelling globally to celebrate this centenary.