A report by Davina Henry for Jamaica’s Gleaner.
After their spectacular performance at the Groovin’ In The Park concert, held at the Roy Wilkins Park in New York on the weekend, reggae artiste Tarrus Riley and musician Dean Fraser both received State Senate proclamations from New York.
Tarrus’ father, the late Jimmy Riley, received his award posthumously. Jimmy was honoured for his profound love and commitment to Caribbean music, art and culture.
“It’s very nice. It’s very good to know that people are showing love and respect. We’ve worked beyond hard, I’m living my dream. This is what I want to do my whole life. my father would have loved this,” Tarrus told The Gleaner.
The award was presented by New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton.
“To be recognised by the State of New York is a real accomplishment. I just want to say that I am very grateful and honoured,” Dean Fraser said.
Other reggae artistes who received State Senate proclamations at the event included Leroy Sibbles, Freddie McGregor, Daddy U-roy and Ken Boothe.