This past Monday evening, Jamaican singer-songwriter Romain Virgo returned to NYC for a special album release party and performance at Miss Lily’s Variety Store. The event was broadcasted live on on DJ Rob Kenner’s Strictly Boomshots show. Romain discussed his recent sophomore release The System and sung his hits to a packed room filled with the reggae industry and fans. Artists Shaggy and Rayvon along with VP Records’ family Miss Pat, Chris Chin and Clive Chin were just a few of the noteable attendees who watched Romain deliver an incredible acoustic set including “Mama’s Song” and “Not Today” off The System. He continued to sing crowd pleasers like “I Am Rich In Love” and “Live Mi Life” backed by tracks and then belted out a powerful acapella version of the album’s latest single “I Know Better.”

Check out the full recap and audio on BOOMSHOTS:
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Industry execs and artists surround Miss Lily’s Variety Store in Manhattan before the event.

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Romain Virgo selects tracks alongside DJ Rob Kenner on Radio Lily’s Strictly Boomshots show.
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Romain Virgo sings “Not Today” off The System inside Miss Lily’s Variety Store.

(All photos courtesy of VP Records.)

Critics sing their praises about Romain Virgo’s new album The System below.

“smooth and engaging album….so present, so affecting…resiliently labors under heavy burdens, all with a tender, sweet, unhurried voice.” – NEW YORK TIMES

“High-quality second album from the rightly rising Jamaican talent” – BBC

“striking political tracks…” – WASHINGTON POST

“explosive…exhibits Virgo’s musical growth” – JAMAICA STAR

Listen to KPCC’s The Madeleine Brand Show: New Music Tuesday with Ann Powers discuss Romain’s latest opus:

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