NEW YORK – In celebration of Reggae Month, the Consulate General of Jamaica in New York, in collaboration with VP Records, will host a pop-up exhibit titled “A Reggae Music Journey” at the Consulate from February 1 to 21, during the month. reggae.
The exhibit, ‘A Reggae Music Journey’ is a landmark exhibit documenting the history of the Jamaican music genre, and will feature artifacts including historic vinyl records from Van Pelt’s collection, and a platinum sale prize for l Paul’s Dutty Rock album presented to company president Randy Chin.
A Reggae Music Journey was created to document the legacy of Reggae music and the role that the Chin family, through Randy’s Record Mart in Jamaica and later VP Records contributed to the development of the genre.
An eight-panel display tells the story of the label from its origins as Vincent and Patricia Chin’s Randy’s Record Mart in Kingston in the late 1950s, stretching to the present day and showcasing its 40 years in business. existence in Jamaica, Queens. The story of the company’s global impact and continued relevance is woven into the history of Reggae itself.
Some of the genre’s most admired artists, including Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy, Garnett Silk, Lady Saw and Freddie McGregor – who have either distributed key VP Records releases or signed to VP Records – are featured also in the exhibition. The exhibition includes the work of photographers David Corio, Anders Jones, Wonder Knack, Jonathan Mannion, Martei Korley and others.
Jamaica’s Consul General in New York, Ms. Alsion Wilson, said the consulate was very pleased to join Jamaica and the rest of the world in celebrating Reggae Month. She said the staging of this exhibit will give Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica an opportunity to view this important exhibit.
Ms. Wilson pointed out that Reggae Month is of great significance because Jamaican music has been an important part of our culture, a source of Jamaican recognition on the world stage.
She said that on Feb. 6, the birthday of reggae icon Bob Marley, the Consulate will livestream the birthday celebrations from the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road.
In 2018, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, added reggae to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as a cultural institution worthy of protection and of preservation.
In a statement on its website, UNESCO said of reggae: “Its contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being simultaneously cerebral, sociopolitical, sensual and spiritual. Music’s basic social functions—as a vehicle for social commentary, a cathartic practice, and a means of praising God—have not changed, and music continues to act as a voice for all.
In 2008, the Jamaican government declared February Reggae Month, to highlight and celebrate the impact of the musical genre on the country’s socio-economic development.
At the launch event on Friday, January 31, VP Records plans to live stream its weekly “Happy Hour” music from 5-6 p.m. and provide a DJ from 6-8 p.m. for the reception.
The Reggae Music Journey exhibit will run from the Consulate to the newly renovated VP Records retail store in Jamaica’s Queens.