Tarrus Riley stages free concert in Emancipation Park this evening
Tarrus Riley’s Let Live Music Live concert returns to Emancipation Park this evening, after a one-year hiatus. Riley, who consistently promotes the idea of a crime-free Jamaica, is using the concert as a platform to spread the positive message.
“It has remained a priority and the reason we keep promoting even the song Crime Free Christmas (released three years ago) is … that we want Jamaica to be crime free throughout the year. But Christmas, even if it is for one time for the year – let’s start there – we want it cool off so that the number-one narrative is not crime but to be happy celebrating.”
The theme selected for this, the 10th staging, is ‘Just Love’, because “it is the message we want to end the decade and start the new one with”.
He expressed: “It is not about material things or vanity, it’s about love. We want to see people live together and try dem best to get along … . That’s the idea of Just Love.”
Each year, Riley is the only name confirmed for the line-up publicly, for the purpose of making it a real gift. “We never advertised any artiste before because that’s the gift part, and who tells what is in a gift before giving one? … We never tell people who is on the line-up; only tell who has been there before.”
Reggae and dancehall entertainers, including Jada Kingdom, (former comedian) Iceman, Ras Ajai, Trevor Off Key, Protoje, Ras-I, Samory I, and Mighty Diamonds, as well as comedians Ity and Fancy Cat, supported Tarrus Riley’s theme of ‘Let Peace Reign’ for the last staging of his Let Live Music Live concert in 2017.