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Tarrus Riley, “Shaka Zulu Pickney”

10 Feb

Another beautifully imagined video from Director Storm Saulter has emerged for Tarrus Riley’s roots track, “Shaka Zulu Pickney.” Evoking Garvey, Malcolm X, Nanny, Sam Sharpe and other Black American and Jamaican heroes in his track, Tarrus Riley continues to stay on the path of good virtue by keeping the content conscious.

I had the opportunity to do a video interview with Riley once a few years back (a video that lingers somewhere in the FADER/Suite 903 archives never to emerge). At the time, Riley, a man of medium build who sports small square glasses, wore a green army jacket pocked with picture pendants of Garvey, Marley and other Jamaican national heroes. It’s refreshing to see he is a man who sticks as squarely to his values as he does to his choice in optical styles.

In related news, check the trailer for Storm Saulter’s feature film, “Better Mus’ Come” with English subtitles below. Look for the film to be released in New York in late March with a week’s full of festivities at Gallery 151 in SOHO.