Tar­rus, Tanya and More

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Toni Ni­cholas

There has been much buzz around for the first ever OMG Fest with Tar­rus Ri­ley and Tanya Stephens. And it will all un­fold on stage tonight at Sa­maans Park where an ex­plo­sive dose of TnT (Tar­rus and Tanya) is ex­pected to excite reg­gae mu­sic fans. The event is be­ing staged by On­Time Mu­sic Group (OMG) and this week two mem­bers, Kurt and Quincy, told the STAR that they were elated at bring­ing this event to Saint Lu­cia. “We are pri­mar­ily an in­ter­na­tional artiste de­vel­op­ment company and we have worked with the likes of Drake, Brit­ney Spears and Ri­hanna just to name a few,” Kurt told us. “But re­cently we de­cided to get more into “live” en­ter­tain­ment and since we had some close friends here in Saint Lu­cia we de­cided to bring one of the events here,” he went on. “And so far the re­sponse from the spon­sors, the fans, the me­dia has been great for this event,” Quincy added.

The STAR also spoke Fri­day with Tar­rus Ri­ley who says that he is ex­cited to be back in Saint Lu­cia where he has per­formed be­fore. “But this time it is go­ing to be even more vibes, more nice­ness and more great reg­gae mu­sic,” he said with a smile. Of course the singer will per­form a num­ber of his past hits as well as songs from the crit­i­cally ac­claimed al­bum “Love Sit­u­a­tion” re­leased ear­lier this year. “This al­bum is strictly rock steady although I know many peo­ple re­fer to it as a lovers’ rock al­bum and it cov­ers a va­ri­ety of love sit­u­a­tions as the ti­tle sug­gests. So I am go­ing to do some of that as well as all the hits the peo­ple dem love,” Ri­ley told the STAR.

The singer also re­vealed that he has grown as a per­son and that has been im­pressed upon his mu­sic. “I have been trav­el­ling a lot, be­ing ex­posed to dif­fer­ent peo­ple, coun­tries and sit­u­a­tions and so you will hear that in my per­for­mance,” he went on to ex­plain. “My mu­sic is live and full of en­ergy and to have Dean Fraser on board, a man who has watched me grow up through the years, it is great to have him as part of my band and team,” he added. Among fan favourites from Tar­rus Ri­ley are “One Drop” and “Love Sit­u­a­tion” from the re­cent al­bum as well as past hits like “Stay With You”, “She’s Royal”, “Lion Paw”, “Start Anew”, “Con­ta­gious”, “Su­per­man” and “Good Girl Gone Bad.”

Shar­ing the stage with Tar­rus Ri­ley will be one of the lead­ing fe­male reg­gae per­form­ers, Tanya Stephens who emerged on the mu­sic scene in the 90s. Mak­ing her mark with the an­themic “Yuh Nuh Ready Fi dis Yet,” first time around, she has since then grown as an artiste, writer and per­former. With such hits like “Big Tings a Gwaan”, “Lit­tle White Lies”, “Th­ese Streets”, “Han­dle The Ride”, “What a Day” and “It’s a Pity,” to her credit, Tanya Stephens has been known to step up to the plate and de­liver on stage.

OMG Fest will also fea­ture Douks out of Mar­tinique and Saint Lu­cian tal­ent Me­shach, Eval­u­cian band with Arthur, Iram Christ and DJs Hol­ly­wood HP, Hy­per D and Levi Chin. Show­time is 8 pm.

Tar­rus Ri­ley (sec­ond from right) with DJ Play, Scady.P and Franny

at Blazin FM on Fri­day.

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