Astoria, New York (PressExposure) February 21, 2011 -- Respect's 'Take A Stand' (Tropical Records) is ready to hit stores this month on February 22nd and the legendary dancehall and roots' artist has always given reggae music fans an upbeat and positive message with his songs. The eleven (11) song full length 'Take A Stand' CD has songs with the same types of positives messages, colorful melodies and those accessible lyrics Respect is known for in the world music and reggae music scene. "Respect is another important artist for reggae music," says Don Lichterman, the head of Tropical Records, "and for the Tropical Record label (http://www.Tropical-Records.com)." (Don) Lichterman's goal at "Tropical (Records)" was/is to "build the label (Tropical Records) repertoire with legends like Mabrak, I Kong, (Original) Black Pantah, Cryout, and of course, Respect, while we also sign and develop newer world music and reggae acts like Alayna. He (Don Lichterman) then says, "let alone us signing what I consider to be international star, like Pascal G, the label has come full circle since I started it two years ago in August, in the most perfect way."
(Don) Lichterman started Tropical Records while attending Sum fest in the summer of 2007 in Montego Bay, Jamaica in the West Indies. Since then, the label (Tropical Records) has been providing reggae music listeners with not only what is considered to be traditional roots reggae style of music, Tropical Records has also released specific dancehall styled reggae music artists since its inception two and a half years ago from this month. Since the start of his career, Respect has returned stronger than ever with this 'Take A Stand' CD and the "High Miles Punny" and "Silent Assassin" songs are already getting airplay in constant rotations at world music radio stations and on online radio stations, all over the world. His first single, "High Miles Punny" has really started to gain the attention of retailers, distributors (Sunset/Island Def Jam Digital) during the set up time this month, and that should lead to the sales of the new 'Take A Stand' CD that will be in stores on February 22 this month.
"Dancehall (reggae) styled artists and their songs are not only stronger than ever in today's marketplace," says (Don) Lichterman about the reggae artist, Respect, "but honestly, I also love that style of music myself because its fun quite frankly." The Tropical Record label seems to be intertwining what can be considered roots reggae music artists, along with dancehall reggae music artists that have mixed or added fusions bringing in other styles of music, to reggae songs. "I like taking a certain basis from an A&R and producer point of view when signing artists and putting together their albums," (Don) Lichterman continues to day say about his world music record label (Tropical Records), "and then what I always try to do is to expand on that basis if you will, with artists that can deliver colorful melodies and more avenues in songs than the verse, verse, chorus basic way people write songs."
The great example of this happening at Tropical Records is with the signing and the worldwide release of the Respect, 'Take A Stand CD (in Stores on February 22, 2001). From the first song and down to the last one, his (Respect) dancehall grooves are what make this CD a must for every reggae and world music fan.