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‘Let ONE love prevail’ – Tarrus Riley

-Massive turnout at Saturday night’s show but rain brought it to an early close
Tarrus Riley appeals for 'One love' at Tortola concert. Photo: VINO
Tarrus Riley and his band delivered as expected. Photo: VINO
Tarrus Riley and his band delivered as expected. Photo: VINO
Back-up singers of the Alliance Band. Photo:VINO
Back-up singers of the Alliance Band. Photo:VINO
Ritseeniya Georges soothing the crowd. Photo: VINO
Ritseeniya Georges soothing the crowd. Photo: VINO
Sistah Joyce on the 'Love Portion'. Photo: VINO
Sistah Joyce on the 'Love Portion'. Photo: VINO
Local entertainer B'More. Photo: VINO
Local entertainer B'More. Photo: VINO
Member of the GRATE BVI music Alliance, Drastic adding his touch to the entertainment for the night. Photo: VINO
Member of the GRATE BVI music Alliance, Drastic adding his touch to the entertainment for the night. Photo: VINO
Mackabee and the Alliance Band who indeed showcased a growing movement that is delivering a higher level of live entertainment. Photo: VINO
Mackabee and the Alliance Band who indeed showcased a growing movement that is delivering a higher level of live entertainment. Photo: VINO
Tarrus Riley and his band member strike a pose. Photo: VINO
Tarrus Riley and his band member strike a pose. Photo: VINO
High energy and hype. Photo: VINO
High energy and hype. Photo: VINO
High energy and hype. Photo: VINO
High energy and hype. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd jamming to Tarrus Riley. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd jamming to Tarrus Riley. Photo: VINO
Some of the Virgin Gorda people at the show. Photo: VINO
Some of the Virgin Gorda people at the show. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
These females singing along to the love songs. Photo: VINO
These females singing along to the love songs. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd before the rains came. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd before the rains came. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
Getting really close to the stage. Photo: VINO
Getting really close to the stage. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
The ladies getting their moment. Photo: VINO
The ladies getting their moment. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
The UMI crew. Photo: VINO
The UMI crew. Photo: VINO
The barrier was not going to separate him from Tarrus. Photo: VINO
The barrier was not going to separate him from Tarrus. Photo: VINO
She came out to party. Photo: VINO
She came out to party. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
Taking in the vibes. Photo: VINO
Taking in the vibes. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
Section of the crowd. Photo: VINO
Dj Dre, MC for the night. Photo:VINO
Dj Dre, MC for the night. Photo:VINO
The music of Sistah Joyce had these ladies feeling the vibes. Photo: VINO
The music of Sistah Joyce had these ladies feeling the vibes. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Hundreds turned out to hear international Jamaican reggae singer Tarrus Riley and got more than expected as he blazed the stage before the massive crowd at the Festival Ground, Road Town.

The night got started with the local artists and bands setting the pace, most of them from the GRATE Music Alliance – B’More, Ritseeniya Georges, Drastic and Mackabee and the Alliance Band who indeed showcased a growing movement that is delivering a higher level of live entertainment every time they hit the stage.

Local Calypso Queen Sistah Joyce held the crowd, not doing any calypso but some of her local reggae songs that truly primed up the crowd for what they had coming next, the reggae soulful entertainer Tarrus Riley.

With the crowd 90% to the stage front by the time Sistah Joyce was injected them with her ‘love portion’ space was not enough to the stage front to contain the crowd that wanted to be at that level for night’s feature artist who told the crowd that they had a special night of entertainment as it was not just another show but ‘Tarrus Riley in concert’.

That for him meant a great level of interaction with his fans as he had them singing along at several stages of his time on stage. Before closing his stage performance and during a brief interview with Virgin Islands News Online after he resounded the call to, “Let One Love prevail”.

He was at the time referencing the massive protest across the United States against the police killings of blacks, a topical issue that has been making the headlines for weeks now across the world. “Just before I come I was watching on TV what’s going on, You watch it? You watch it? And they were standing and protesting against police brutality. We don’t want fight against police and we don’t want the police fight against we. Say One Love, So listen to the music and feel the vibration…” he told the crowd.

He said that the vibes felt from the crowd for his show last night were, "Very nice, very nice, the Virgin Islands always gives me a lot of love. USVI, BVI is always good vibes."

Asked for his opinion as it relates to the issues of police unjust killings of black in the USA he said, “I will speak against it because it’s one love, equality and justice,” Tarrus Riley told this news site.

The night was prematurely ended as a heavy downpour of rain came and caused most persons to leave immediately after Riley’s performance despite there were others that were to still hit the stage to take the concert later into the morning. Among those were VIBE. That was at approximately 2:30 AM when most persons left.

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