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Rwandan model Lilian Uwanyuze is on the VP Reggae Gold 2017 cover. (IG image)

By NAN ET Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 21, 2017: Say reggae and immediately visions of Jamaica and the Caribbean may rush to your mind.

But it is a Rwandan and not a Caribbean model who is heating up the cover of the latest edition of Reggae Gold 2017.

The annual compilation series from VP Records which enters its 24th year this Friday July 21st, features Lilian Uwanyuze on the cover.

Uwanyuze, who has over 30 thousand followers on Instagram, is known for her beautiful natural hair and has said she first decided to go natural after watching Chris Rock’s Good Hair.

Uwanyuze on the cover of Reggae Gold 2017, out on July 21, 2017. (VP Record image)

Uwanyuz is showcased on a motorcycle with hand-painted body art and a desert terrain by photographer Savanah Baker.

The album’s photo shoot will be used to anchor a limited-edition print and online zine curated by Richard “Treats” Dryden. The piece will include unique features and interviews with reggae artists and cultural influencers and across the reggae scene.

On the international front, London will be the site for the return of the Miss Reggae Gold model search completion, with a major event set for  August 2nd.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Reggae Gold series features the new hit from R&B diva Estelle, ‘Love like Ours,’ Queen Ifrica’s ‘Trueversation’ featuring Damien Marley,’ Powerhouse vocalist Ikaya’s ‘Leave You Alone’ featuring Jesse Royal’ and the breakout dancehall smash of the year, ‘Loodi’ from Vybz Kartel and Shenseea.

It also includes the international dancehall smash ‘Now’ from reggae heart throb Romain Virgo as well as current hits from reggae stars Jah cure, Chronixx, Christopher Martin and Spice as well as ‘Gyal you a Party Animal’ by Charly Black and ‘Luv’ by Tory Lanez.



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