Dancehall Tours - hosted by Pantason - Episode 38 - Tarrus Riley

Published Jul 11, 2021 05:01 p.m. ET

Welcome to Dancehall Tours a series where we interview artists about how cannabis plays a part in their music.

Today our host Pantason interviews Reggae artiste Tarrus Riley. One of the more prominent of the second generation of Jamaican roots reggae singers, Tarrus riley made a bold entrance onto the music scene in the mid-2000s with albums like Challenges and Parables, the latter of which included the Sly & Robbie-aided hit "She's Royal."

The son of veteran singer and former Uniques and Techniques member Jimmy Riley, Tarrus' music embraces contemporary sounds while remaining tied to the country's roots traditions as well as Rastafarianism.

While continuing to rack up hits and awards, he maintained a focus on incorporating Black history into his music on tracks like 2011's "Shaka Zulu Pickney" and launching the youth education initiative, the Tarrus Riley Freedom Writers Competition. Riley's success continued throughout the 2010s with albums like Love Situation and a prolific run of singles. He returned to album work in 2020 with Healing.

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