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Taurus Riley adds more love & "message" to New Year's festivities in JVD

- Delivers a crowd pleasing performance
Drizzling rain could not have extinguish the fire of Jamaican reggae love sensation Taurus Riley neither could it dampen the spirit of the large crowd that converged at Foxy’s in Jost Van Dyke for the Old Year’s/New Year’s celebration. Photo: Reuben Stoby/VINO
Taurus Riley delivered an hour and a half performance, which was well received by the large crowd at Foxy's. Photo: VINO
Taurus Riley delivered an hour and a half performance, which was well received by the large crowd at Foxy's. Photo: VINO
A large crowd attended the concert that featured Jamaican reggae sensation Taurus Riley. Photo: VINO
A large crowd attended the concert that featured Jamaican reggae sensation Taurus Riley. Photo: VINO
'Carlene' (right) exiting the stage after having the birthday song sung to her by Taurus Riley. Photo: VINO
'Carlene' (right) exiting the stage after having the birthday song sung to her by Taurus Riley. Photo: VINO
Dean Fraser aka Mr Sting did a splendid job on the saxophone and his performance was repeatedly commended by Riley and acknowledged by patrons. Photo: VINO
Dean Fraser aka Mr Sting did a splendid job on the saxophone and his performance was repeatedly commended by Riley and acknowledged by patrons. Photo: VINO
There was much activity outside of the concert venue as hundreds of persons, some of them without footwear, choose to walk around and sample the food and drinks on offer while others preferred to dance to music coming from bars. Photo: VINO
There was much activity outside of the concert venue as hundreds of persons, some of them without footwear, choose to walk around and sample the food and drinks on offer while others preferred to dance to music coming from bars. Photo: VINO
The legendary Jost Van Dyke resident and owner of Foxy’s, Philicianno
The legendary Jost Van Dyke resident and owner of Foxy’s, Philicianno "Foxy" Callwood OBE, assisted in the countdown to the New Year. Mr Callwood also announced that he would be having Jah Cure performing on the island on January 19, 2013. Photo: Reuben Stoby/VINO
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GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI- A little rain could not extinguish the fire of Jamaican reggae love sensation Taurus Riley neither could it dampen the spirit of the large crowd that converged at Foxy’s in Jost Van Dyke for the Old Year’s/New Year’s celebration.

And right away he had a message for the crowd as he reminded of the “days of oppression” before changing gear to what he is best known for- reggae love. Reaching out to outstretched hands stage side, Tarus Riley (born Omar Riley) had the crowd roaring with excitement and pleasure with his hit ‘Love Contagious’.

He would then go back into parable mode but with a rendition of Buju Banton’s ‘Untold Stories’, which was also well received by the crowd who seemed not to care whose songs he was singing as long as they were having a good time.

A lucky patron ‘Carlene’ was also invited on stage and had the birthday song sang to her by the popular artiste.

A number of his hit songs were also sung in his hour and a half performance.

Taurus Riley actually exited the stage on two occasions but due to popular demand from the crowd returned to entertain and stretch the party further into the morning as the crowd didn’t seem to be eager to go anywhere even though there was much activity outside of the venue for the hundreds of persons who didn’t come into the show.

After hitting the stage around 12:47 A.M. Riley finally wrapped up his performance around 2:17 A.M. with ‘Lion Paw’ in which he told fans to “read between the lines”.

He closed by stating that his message was about struggle but also about love.

“Thank you very much Jost Van Dyke, see you soon,” were his actual final words.

Earlier, the legendary Jost Van Dyke resident and owner of Foxy’s, Philicianno "Foxy" Callwood OBE, assisted in the countdown to the New Year’s, which followed with loud cheers.

Mr Callwood welcomed persons to Foxy’s and said he loved them and wished them success for the New Year.

And he also had the final say after the show and it must have been very pleasing to reggae music fans on his announcement that he would be having Jah Cure performing on the island on January 19, 2013.

Meanwhile, Tarrus Riley 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", according to Wikepedia.

Riley tours Europe once each year, performing on the major reggae festivals in several European countries. Riley's most recent high profile performances include the 2011 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Reggae Sumfest 2010, Betty Wright and Friends in concert in Jamaica, and the Palmyra Foundation's Fundraising event. He also headlined the Hennessey Artistry show in Barbados in December 2011.

Among his accolades in 2011 were the EME Awards (Excellence in Music and Entertainment) for Vocalist of the Year Male and Cultural Artiste of the Year. Riley also copped the 2011 Youth View Award for Cultural Artiste of the Year.

According to Wikipedia, Riley released the acoustic album Mecoustic in 2012 and toured Europe in support of it with his Blak Soil band.

13 Responses to “Taurus Riley adds more love & "message" to New Year's festivities in JVD”

  • foxy (01/01/2013, 12:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yuh read it? Yuh we want more?
  • 2 (01/01/2013, 12:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    2 thumbs up for this show
    • f dem (01/01/2013, 19:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I've lived in 6 european countries and never seen anything like this..i had a blast
    • gene (01/01/2013, 19:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I'm 23 but feel like I'm 53 as I don't drink much compared to all my firends but my first time to the BVI and had a great time at foxys
    • leader (02/01/2013, 01:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      all the artiste waz awesome
  • ann (01/01/2013, 15:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    such an excited show and no one end up naked, screaming, and pounding on the front of the pond?
  • fault finder (01/01/2013, 16:06) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    foxy spoiling this thing now man
  • chooops (01/01/2013, 20:02) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
    boring show waste of money use local artist...
  • fan club (02/01/2013, 12:13) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    how come dat JAMDOWN bouy from ZROD get to MC...me hate to hear he on the air.
  • $$$$ shame on Foxy's (02/01/2013, 20:22) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Too much money for that show use to coming to foxy's but not me again. Almost $100 without a drink then ordered a drink and was tod 12$$$$ I told them kept the drink. I went next door got the same drunk for 6$$$$. Mr. sting was the best of the show
    • Where you from (03/01/2013, 06:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You dunce. Great show New Years at FOXY'S its the only place to be its not a bad cost for that. Mabe for the drinks but not the show. Festival can't touch Yost.


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