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VP Records Taps Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne of Sound Chat Radio to Host Record Store Day/Sound System Vinyl Showcase

by Flair Lindsey

On April 13, 2019, independent record stores around the globe will celebrate Record Store Day.

And Reggae giant VP Records, celebrating it's 40th Anniversary year-long, has pegged Sound Chat Radio host and sound system tastemaker Garfield "Chin" Bourne to host this year's commemorative staging of their highly anticipated Record Store Day and Sound System Vinyl Showcase at their retail location (170-21 Jamaica Avenue in Queens, New York).

The addition of "Chin" to the annual event is a natural fit, given his pivotal role in sound system culture, whether it's via his popular show and 24 hour sound-driven Sound Chat Radio station or groundbreaking sound system events (World Clash, Reeewind, Sound Fest Vibez in the Park, Rumble Series, etc).

Ultimately, these keepers of the genre, VP Records and Chin, share common goals of preserving Jamaican music and culture. With vinyl as it's primal current, Reggae music and sound system culture go hand in hand and this year's event promises to be explosive!

“As a teenager with great ambitions of one day becoming a top selector, VP Records was the starting point of my record collection. At the time, I would go there on the weekends and spend the whole day going through records hoping to find the latest releases as well as classic vintage music. In those days, at times, you were forced you buy a whole album just to get one,” recounts Bourne vividly.”

“I am honored to host this year's event. Not only does it emphasize the importance of sound system culture, it brings me back to my humble beginnings.”

On any given day, Chin's hosting duties expand beyond radio to sound clashes, concerts and other Caribbean entertainment events.

Further, the sound system purveyor is no stranger to presenting on panels, speaking engagements and lectures. When not in the hosting seat, Chin is producing events, with the Rumble Series (in six countries) and the famed World Clash leading the this year's line up.

Amidst a flurry of high profile 40th Anniversary events, the world's largest Reggae music company VP Records' Record Store Day and Sound System showcase will come alive with the crackling of vinyl as an amazing fleet of legendary sound systems including EARTH RULER, BLUNT POSSE, SUPER FORCE, DIGITAL ENGLISH MUSIC and DUB ELECTRIC spin anthems and rare musical gems from their sprawling record collections at the outdoor event.

With sound provided by Pretty Posse's famed “Yellow Bird" — all of Queens, New York and beyond will be grooving to pulsating basslines and infectious riddims. Further, to commemorate the annual celebration of vinyl culture, four newly issued vinyl exclusives are expected for release.

Visit or follow on social media (@vprecords) to keep up with event updates! Tune into Sound Chat Radio on or follow @soundchatradio and @irishandchin for the latest in sound system happenings and Caribbean Diaspora news and entertainment.

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.

The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

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