Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A concert to create memories


most admired song: Tarrus Riley, above, has won many awards for his music. He is the son of Jamaican music legend, Jimmy Cliff.

Mark Fraser

 The most sought after Jamaican reggae/lovers rock artistes of the day, Tarrus Riley and Romain Virgo will perform at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain on July 12.

Titled, “Forever Summer” the concert is being presented by Tropix Entertainment and Rickel Services Limited. Tropix only recently hosted the “Redemption” concert that featured several top reggae acts including Gyptian and Beres Hammond. That event proved a success and Tropix is hoping to reap the same from this production.

“It is all about creating memories that will last forever,” said a member of the production team. The show will also feature performances by other Jamaican acts, Bushman, Loyal Flames and local reggae/soca artiste Ziggy Rankin.

Romain Virgo’s remake of Michael Bolton’s, “Soul Provider”, has been on the lips of everyone in recent weeks and already he’s earned the title of the hottest reggae artiste of the coming vacation season. Virgo specialises in the lovers rock style of reggae music, but can also hit you with some rough and rugged dancehall styles like his recent hit with Konshens, “We No Worry Bout Dem”.

Virgo hails from Stepney in Saint Ann Parish. He rose to prominence in the television choir contest All Together Sing in 2006, then went on to win the Digicel Rising Stars competition in 2007, two months before his graduation from high school in St Ann, Jamaica. 

At age 17, he was the youngest contestant to ever win top prize at the competition, which included JA$1,000,000 and a recording contract with Greensleeves Records. 

A few weeks after winning the competition, Virgo met Donovan Germain who produced his first hit record “Mi Caan Sleep” on the Penthouse label. Several hit singles followed, including “Wanna Go Home”, “Live Mi Life”, and “Alton’s Medley”. In June 2010, VP Records released his debut album, self-titled Romain Virgo. His last album was titled, The System released in 2012 and he is working on a new collection.

Tarrus Riley is a consistent hit maker since having turned the place upside down with his now classic “She’s Royal”. Recently he again took the islands and Caribbean communities in North America and Europe with “Give Me Likkle One Drop” and “My Day”.

Riley was born in Bronx, New York and raised in Jamaica. His father is veteran reggae singer Jimmy Riley. He made his recording debut as a teenager. In 2004, Tarrus released his debut album, Challenges. Riley has consistently racked up awards for his work. Among his accolades are Best Singer, Male Vocalist, Cultural Artiste, Song of the Year, and Best Song. 

Some of the awards institutions which have rewarded Riley include the Youth View Awards, The Star People’s Choice Awards, EME Awards, and the Reggae Academy Awards. Tarrus is the holder of Jamaica’s CVM TV’s 15th Anniversary Award, held in February 2009, for the ‘Most Admired Song in the Past 15 Years’ for the hit, “She’s Royal”.