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Reggae Star Tarrus Riley Talks About His New Album, ‘Love Situation’

Jamaican American reggae singer Tarrus Riley, 34, is fond of saying that reggae music is “the newest old music and the oldest new music.” At first, that’s a bit of a head-scratcher. But a listen to his new record, Love Situation, brings Riley’s meaning into focus.

The son of reggae singer Jimmy Riley has risen to international acclaim on the heels of rootsy, pop-tinged hits such as 2007’s “She’s Royal” and last year’s “Gimme Likkle One Drop.” But his latest record is pure rocksteady, a precursor to reggae that developed in Jamaica in the mid-1960s. It’s a throwback, but one whose easy, organic sounds feel especially forward-thinking in an era smitten with electronic effects. By looking to the past, Riley is moving ahead, creating something new from something old. Read more

Reggae history is made in the park

ENGINE behind Reggae Month celebrations, Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) kicked off its weekly live concert series at the Emancipation Park in St Andrew last Wednesday.

The event, billed Genesis, was a virtual history lesson tracing Jamaican music development.

A fair-sized audience converged at the heart of the city’s popular green space, to see some of the new, up-and-coming, as well as the established exponents of the music. Read more