Legendary U.K. based reggae label, Greensleeves Records is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with new and commemorative product releases and multiple events in London, Paris and New York throughout Spring and Summer 2017. On June 21st, the label will hold a 40th anniversary celebration concert at the legendary BB King venue in Times Square, New York. Featuring performances by Alborosie, Queen Ifrica and Addis Pablo, the public event is designed to highlight the tremendous impact Greensleeves has had on reggae music.
The celebratory concert in New York is the kick off to numerous global celebrations. Also on June 21st, Paris Music Day, the label plans to commemorate its 40th anniversary with an outdoor sound system performance by Blackboard Jungle Sound on the grounds of the Cite De La Musique: Philharmonie De Paris in Paris, France, the current site for the reggae culture exhibit Jamaica Jamaica! Events will continue in London through August and September including the Greensleeves 40th celebration concert at the One Love Reggae & Dub Festival.
Greensleeves Records, founded in 1977 by Chris Sedgwick and Chris Cracknell has built a formidable catalogue of essential reggae while catering to the developments of lover’s rock and dancehall reggae styles. The label is also hailed as being the launch pad for the successes of legends Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and more.
In commemoration, the label has already released Suns of Dub “Riddimentary – Suns of Dub Select Greensleeves” on April 28th.The 40th anniversary will also include new dub releases by Alborosie and King Jammy and will boast classic album re-issues from Hugh Mundell, Augustus Pablo, Keith Hudson, Sylford Walker, Linval Thompson and more. Further emphasizing the depth of the combined VP/ Greensleeves vault, the company will release 40th anniversary editions of Culture “Two Sevens Clash,” “African Dub Chapter Two” by Joe Gibbs and a three LP/ three CD, 40th Anniversary edition package of The Congos “Heart of The Congos” in June. At the end of May, the forty-track “Total Reggae – Greensleeves” will give fans a four-decade overview of Greensleeves label classics.
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