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September 2021

Ferdie "Lovebird" Brown

 

Ferdinand Brown affectionately known as Ferdie Brown, born in Jamaica and migrated to Canada years ago and is now retired.

My love for music was embedded in me at an early age by my family and friends that has allowed me to become a music host and presenter on several Internet Radio stations. 

Being a soccer coach for 34 years and my work experience has allowed me the experience in working in a team environment and meeting deadlines.

I have been interacting in a positive way with Canadian Members of VRCA, associating with them for over 40 years. 

I have had the chance to observe VRCA’s development through the years, seeing them grow into the strong group they are today.

Ferdie "Lovebird" Brown

Ferdinand Brown affectionately known as Ferdie Brown, born in Jamaica and migrated to Canada years ago and is now retired.

My love for music was embedded in me at an early age by my family and friends that has allowed me to become a music host and presenter on several Internet Radio stations. 

Being a soccer coach for 34 years and my work experience has allowed me the experience in working in a team environment and meeting deadlines.

I have been interacting in a positive way with Canadian Members of VRCA, associating with them for over 40 years. 

I have had the chance to observe VRCA’s development through the years, seeing them grow into the strong group they are today.

Errol DaCosta

Errol has been a collector of music from the age of fourteen growing up in the UK. This includes Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Reggae done by all races.

As one grows up, one becomes more selective and diversify in ones taste for music. Music is one of my main hobbies today.

Music was very instrumental in the funding of the various programs  we had in the early days organizations especially for the youth where we had Saturday & Sunday schools for black kids who were sent to ESN (Education Sub-normal Schools).

We would have various music fund raising event to help these and other programs for black youths in London.

I returned to Jamaica at the age of thirty-seven  and been listening to music from various sources and over the last ten years listening to members of VRCA and the contribution that VRCA made to Education is very inspiring.

Being a member of VRCA is a pleasure as I enjoy what I like doing - playing and collecting music and the expansion of VRCA’s charitable deeds.

Wemley Brown

Wemley Seymour Brown, (AKA Rennie, Wemmo, GERMS among other aliases). I was born in the district of Granville in St. James and moved to Kingston as a child of age about 3 to 4 years old. Wemley attended Franklyn Town Primary school then Vauxhall Senior school with the likes of Irvin “Carrot” Jarret and  Kirk Salmon from Fabulous Flames. He also attended  Kingston Technical School.

While working as a technician-in-training  at the Telephone Company he met Mr. Howard Barrett a member of the then popular group - The Paragons. Later Wemley became a member of "The Shades" who recorded songs like “Who you gonna run to”. 

Wemley started playing records in  the early 1970’s while working at the North Pembroke Telephone Exchange at Mary Brown’s corner. He became a close friend of one Donald “Danny” Rhooms. Danny lived on Hialeah Drive in Meadowbrook as  did Pam Hall, the late Dr. Len Jackson and Ronnie Jarrett with his “JUDGE” Disco. Danny had a “House Set” called BARTONES and we used to have a party at his house every Friday night. we both played at house parties and Christmas parties for various companies espe cially the phone company.

 With the demand to play it was decided the Disco needed a name. Orville Wood and Wayne Armond ( From Chalice) then had a group named TIME  “The Incredible Musical Experience”. Drawing from that reference and Wemley’s nickname “Germs” the name of the Disco “The Great Experience in Real Musical Sounds” was derived.

 Wemley currently streams on two internet radio networks - Muzikconnexion and Collectors Korner Now Network.

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