Founders of VP Records to be Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at JaRIA Awards Ceremony in Fe
Pat and Vincent Chin who founded VP Records will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) awards ceremony to close off the celebrated Reggae Month, February 28. VP Records has been at the forefront of Jamaica's musical evolution. 2014 marked the 35th anniversary when its founders Vincent and Patricia Chin moved their headquarters from Kingston, Jamaica to Jamaica, New York transforming their operations to the largest reggae company worldwide.
Posthumous awards will be given to representatives of late reggae veterans John Holt and Hopeton Lewis who passed away in 2014. Also among the list of persons to be awarded is one of reggae music most loyal radio jocks, the London based David Rodigan, now broadcasting from the popular BBC 1Xtra radio, and songwriter BB Seaton as well as producers Lloyd 'King Jammys' James, Winston 'Niney' Holness, engineers Karl Pitterson and Overton 'Scientist' Brown, Mikey 'Boo' Richards, Errol 'Flabba' Holt, Ernie Smith, Millie Small, The Gaylads, Inner Circle, Gospel artistes Lt. Stitchie and Papa San. Major Joe Williams will be presented with an award for mentorship. The awardees represent groups and individuals who have made significant contribution to the reggae industry and have been in the business for more than 10 years. The event will be held in Kingston at the Courtleigh Auditorium.
JaRIA will be setting up a Reggae Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre off Hope Road in Kingston from February 1-28 and various events are already scheduled throughout the month.