Reggae powerhouse label VP Records will pay tribute to the Hon. Byron Lee, O.J., C.D. at this year's New York HAKKA conference, Oct. 16th - Oct. 18th. The legendary recording artist was celebrated for his outstanding musical achievements during the opening ceremony held on Friday, Oct. 16th, at The Museum of Chinese of Chinese in America (MOCA). His daughter, Julianne Lee, accepted the Hakka Achievement Award on his behalf. 

On Sunday, Oct. 18th, VP Records President Randy Chin, son of Chinese-Jamaican immigrants Vincent and Patricia Chin, will join the Mastering Caribbean Music & Art panel discussion scheduled for 10:45am - 12pm at New York University's Cantor Film Center. Reggae historian Sharon Gordon, Jamaican author Wayne Chen, and Byron Lee's daughter Julianne Lee will also participate in the conversation which will focus on the producers and musicians of Chinese descendant that have influenced Caribbean music. 

The New York HAKKA Conference is open to general public as well as students and staff of New York University. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit http://www.nyhakkaconference.com 

About HAKKA 

The annual HAKKA conference, originally hosted in Toronto, aims to educate people of Chinese and Hakka-Chinese descent in retaining and adapting their traditional culture.

About Byron Lee 

The Hon. Byron Lee, O.J.,C.D. was born in the Manchester region of Jamaica to a Chinese father and black mother. He was the founder and leader of The Dragonaires band, formed in 1950. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires mastered multiple musical genres - including Ska, Rocksteady, Soca and Calypso. They played a major role in bringing Caribbean music to the world.