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Alborosie

Alborosie

Freedom & Fyah

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To support our ongoing initiative to grow the US audience for Alborosie, VP will release his latest song “Fly 420” on a digital EP titled “Reggae Dubs & Dabs” on April 15. The EP will place his song alongside up and coming US reggae acts Stick Figure and Fortunate Youth as well as VP artists Raging Fyah and Mystic Revealers. The release will be at the center of a spring/summer US reggae festival based promotional campaign that will include give-a-ways of a mix CD featuring DJ Yardcore from Jamaica and Tribe of Kings Sound System from San Diego, CA. A video shoot for the first single “Life To Me” featuring Ky-Mani Marley is planned for April in Miami. While in the US, Alborosie will do extensive press and media interviews and create an EPK for online premiere prior to release date. US tour dates for fall 2016 are in the planning process.
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Bombino

Bombino

Azel

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After a 'brief' 25 hour delay in Morocco on his way from Niger, Bombino arrived in Woodstock, New York to record his new album at Applehead Studio with Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors). Applehead is a beautiful studio in a converted barn on farmland where goats, pigs, and other animals roam freely. The band stayed in a guest house a few steps away from the studio, and took turns making meals. Apart from a morning invasion of the guesthouse by a 700-pound pig, Applehead was the perfect atmosphere for Bombino and his group to create new music over the course of the 10 days they had there.
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Malawi Mouse Boys

Malawi Mouse Boys

Forever Is 4 You

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Landlocked in southeastern Africa, Malawi is among the world’s least-developed nations and now ranks as the world’s #1 poorest. Malawi, unfortunately, is not a place that is often thought of by outsiders as very “joyful.” However, there is one universal joy—the joy of music. Thanks to Ian Brennan— 2011 Grammy®-winner for his production work on Tinariwen’s Tassili— a group of Gospel singers have emerged onto the world stage.
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Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar

Land Of Gold

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Land of Gold is Anoushka Shankars fervent response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty. The virtuoso sitar player explores an expressive range, conveying an evocative journey infused with a message of enduring hope. With exquisite arrangements blending genres and musical collaborations, Land of Gold is a narrative communicated with conviction and poetic beauty.
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Yanni

Yanni

Sensuous Chill

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Global superstar Yanni s new album, Sensuous Chill, is a lush sonic experience featuring 10 brand new tracks. The album once again sees the visionary musician exploring new realms of sound and creativity inspired by his seeming infinite world travels. Tracks like the ecstatically rhythmic "Desert Soul" and the bhangra-spiced "Dance For Me" are among the most physically stimulating of the Grammy Award®-nominated composer s remarkable canon, offering a new sonic perspective on his adventures and experiences amidst myriad aspects of global culture.
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Wherever you travel on this planet, you can bet your bottom dollar that someone nearby is making music. Depending on your geographical co-ordinates you could hear young students scratching violins behind neat suburban front doors, the angsty thrashing of teen guitar bands lurking in the arches of grotty railways, the wistful warbling of a singer-songwriter shading under a tropical tree, the thump and thunder of a drum troupe storming a bombastic carnival parade.
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Bob Marley
The Complete Island Recordings includes 11LPs packaged in a rigid card box with lift top lid, and wrapped in silver paper that simulates the brushed metal finish of a zippo lighter. The box includes all nine Bob Marley & The Wailers studio albums recorded for Island Records, featuring their most celebrated releases, including Catch A Fire, their 1973 label debut, and Rastaman Vibration, their 1976 breakthrough album in the United States, along with two live albums Live! and Babylon By Bus.
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Sk Kakraba

Sk Kakraba

Songs Of Paapieye

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SK Kakraba is master of the gyil, Ghanaian xylophone made of 14 wooden slats strung across calabash gourd resonators. The buzzy rattle emitted with each note comes from the silk walls of spiders’ egg sacs stretched across holes in the gourds, called paapieye in Lobi language. The gyil’s earthy sound can be heard in parts of Upper West and Northern Regions of Ghana, as well as Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and beyond, where it goes by other names. The characteristic buzzing timbre might sound odd to foreign ears. But this distortion is just one of the beautifying sensibilities crucial to SK’s gyil music, which he learned as a child from elders in his Lobi community in the far northwest reaches of Ghana. Although the gyil is sometimes played in pairs and with drum and bell, SK lives in Los Angeles these days and plays alone quite often. Songs of Paapieye surveys a deliberate snapshot of SK’s hereditary Lobi repertoire heard through the lens of a stripped-down, and sometimes spare-sounding, solo gyil. The album focuses on a selection of SK’s favorite song cycles, funeral dirges, improvised interpretations on traditional songs and original compositions—and combinations thereof.
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Matisyahu

Matisyahu

Live At Stubb's, Vol. III

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Recorded in March 2015, in two stripped-back, sit-down shows, the album features new arrangements of his early hits from the original album, along with a selection of later favorites up through his last album, Akeda.
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Mc Yogi

Mc Yogi

Mantras, Beats & Meditations: The Instrumental Mix

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By request from his ever-expanding global tribe, MC YOGI brings us Mantras, Beats & Meditations: The Instrumental Remix. This album re-imagines every track of his iTunes #1 world music bestseller for a wordless sojourn into beat-driven peace and presence. Created for yoga, meditation, or any time we need a chakra-centric sonic recharge With hundreds of appearances annually, featured billing at music festivals worldwide, and teaching dates at some of the biggest yoga gatherings in America, MC YOGI is a major ambassador of yoga to mainstream audiences. MC YOGI and his wife Amanda Giacomini have performed and taught at the White House, Stanford University, the Smithsonian, and more. His other genre-defying albums include Elephant Power (White Swan, 2008) and Pilgrimage (Velour Recordings, 2012; more than 100,000 sold). For more, visit mcyogi.com.
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Rough Guide To Psychedelic Samba

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In much the same way that the blues have informed so much Euro-American popular music in the last century, so too has the comparatively rough-and-ready but chameleon-like 2/4 tempo of samba, which has leaked into everything Brazilian from funk, jazz and soul to hip-hop, indie rock, folk and psychedelic rock. This compilation takes psychedelia as a starting-point, without being too purist about the 2/4 bit. That would deprive us of the joys of Bahia Bass, funky 4/4 psych-soul samba and the countless other permutations of the last few years.
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It is true some legends of Arabic music have permeated the international music market: Oum Kalsoum’s powerful voice is respected the world over and Rachid Taha’s modern raï is the soundtrack to the American blockbuster Black Hawk Down. There are many reasons the artists on this album haven’t reached quite the same zenith and it’s certainly not down to a lack of musical talent. The Arab World encompasses twenty-two countries stretching across the Middle East and North Africa. The musical output of such a vast area is huge and much of the music included here is intended for local consumption, created by unsigned artists, or presents new sounds created from mashing together fresh cultural combinations – an approach that doesn’t attract the mighty machinations of the mainstream music industry.
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‘Psychedelic’ is a buzzword being used a lot these days, especially to sell evermore obscure treasures dug up from the world’s once lost, now rediscovered, international musical archives. In some instances calling the music ‘psych’ is a bit of a stretch – just because it’s weird or dressed up in imported trappings from the same era does not make it necessarily so – and at other times it seems to be merely cashing in on a trend. Happily this is not generally the case when applied to cumbia, because this venerable genre of Colombian music with an international reach truly did go through a psychedelic period. Especially in Peru, where it is also experiencing a genuine resurgence of interest among contemporary musicians and audiences alike, from South America to the United States, Europe and beyond.
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Rough Guide To Latin Disco

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From its underground roots in the nightclubs of 1970s New York, disco music had strong connections to the city’s Latino community. They provided many musicians, producers and labels making the music, as well as a large section of the audience dancing to it. Latin percussion instruments were at the heart of the disco sound and the strong influence of salsa can be heard in many tracks. One Latin music record company, Salsoul Records, would go on to be described as the greatest disco label of all time and, as disco conquered the world, Latino musicians in the Caribbean, South and Central America were swept along by it and began producing their own variations on the Latin disco theme.
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Songhoy Blues

Songhoy Blues

Music In Exile

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Debut Album Produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K'naan) Their deep attachment to the home grown songs and dances of the Songhoy, both traditional styles and the modern guitar based sounds popularised by the likes of Baba Salah and above all Ali Farka Toure, was helping shape their nascent music which sought to blend the trad and the modern, the homegrown and the foreign, the youthful and the ancient.
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Jah Cure

Jah Cure

The Cure

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Jah Cure is one of the most influential reggae acts today, with hits in the 'real roots' and Caribbean pop formats. The Cure is his seventh studio album and the fourth with VP Records.
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Major Lazer
Major Lazer is a collaborative project produced by Diplo(AKA Wesley Pentz) - the Grammy nominated founder of Mad Decent Records and one of the most pioneering artists of thetime. Their 2010 mixtape Lazerproof and EP Lazers Never Die paved the way for a collaboration with Beyonce on her massive hit Run the World (Girls). In 2013 Major Lazer s second full length album Free The Universe - featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga, Flux Pavillion, Wynter Gordon, Shaggy, Wyclef, and Ezra Koening from Vampire Weekend was globally released. Spin called the LP s frst single "Get Free" ft. Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors) a meeting point between Jamaica, West Africa, and Brooklyn.
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Byron Lee & The Dragonaires

Byron Lee & The Dragonaires

Uptown Top Ranking

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The Hippest Byron Lee release in years is here! Uptown Top Ranking is a collection of Ska, Rock Steady and vintage Pop sounds from one of the biggest bands to emerge from the Caribbean Islands. Byron Lee's Dragonaires have been a major force in the region for decades and this album pays tribute to a forgotten yet potent sound from the man who revolutionized the Soca genre. Hear his early and classic reggae hits on Uptown Top Ranking.
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Rough Guide To African Rare Groove (Vol. 1)

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From bright Nigerian highlife horns to Ethiopian fuzz-tone guitar riffs, this Rough Guide presents a broad selection of rare African dance grooves. Hard to find but easy to dance to.
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