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Reggae artistes honoured by State of New York

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Tarrus Riley performing at Groovin' In The Park 2017.
Dean Fraser performing at Groovin' In The Park 2017.
Freddie McGregor at Groovin' 2017.
Daddy U Roy gets in the Groovin' zone.
Ken Boothe brought his usual energy to the Park.
Dean Fraser (left) is presented with his Congressional Award from New York State Senator, Jesse Hamilton.
New York State Senator, Jesse Hamilton (left), reads a part of the State Senate proclamation presented to Tarrus Riley (right), while Riley's mother takes a keen interest.

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.

- Davina Henry