Toppa Top 15: Edward Seaga Selects 15 Jamaican Music Classics

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14. Tarrus Riley, “She’s Royal”

The next generation of Reggae royalty is well received by audiences of today. However, with the exception of the Marley family, the fact that they are Reggae royalty is lost upon today’s audience. No one outside of the hardcore purist and journalistic reggae community recognizes the history or the lineage that precedes a currently well-known artiste such as Tarrus Riley, the son of Jimmy Riley, the Yes Records founder and former Taxi recording artist famous for the 1981 lover’s rock hit classic “Love and Devotion.” Fast forward 25 years later to 2006 in attention, Tarrus teamed up with Jamaica’s number one sax player, Dean Fraser, and hit the jackpot with
the release of “She’s Royal,” an ode to the loving virtuous woman. This is one of the most beautiful Jamaican songs ever written.

Tarrus Riley Radio Lily 2

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