Richie Spice

facebook_grey_tn_socialtwitter_grey_tn_socialFrom his very first entry into the music business Richie Spice has been recognized for his unique musical talents. In 2018, reggae radio station Irie FM crowned him “The Young King of Reggae” for being the true roots messenger of this generation, following in the hallowed footsteps of greats like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear.

Recently at Canex Jamaica 2019, the accolades continued with a similar theme this time celebrating another constant in Spice’s career—his advocacy for Rastafari’s holy herb, cannabis.   Spice was presented with the Peter Tosh Pioneer Award by Niambe McIntosh, Director of the Peter Tosh Foundation (and his youngest child), recognizing the solid catalogue of hit ganja songs he has produced throughout his career.

Reggae fans became acquainted with Richie Spice in 2004 when his single “Earth A Run Red” began its ascent on the charts, first in Jamaica, then internationally, ultimately emerging as one of the year’s biggest hits despite being more than four years old! “Earth A Run Red” was originally featured on Spice’s debut album Universal released by Massachusetts based label Heartbeat Records in 2000.

In early 2004 Spice signed with 5th Element, a Kingston based management company/record label and they began a vigorous promotional campaign for “Earth A Run Red” in Jamaica which resulted in the song’s steady rotation on the airwaves and in the dancehalls. Additional hit tunes including the “Folly Living (Blood Again)”, “Ghetto Girl” and “Marijuana” were featured on Spice’s debut album for 5th Element Records–Spice In Your Life–which earned unanimous critical praise.

To date Spice has released 8 full lps including four superb albums for VP Records:

In the Streets To Africa, reached no. 6 on the Billboard Reggae chart in 2007, its hit single “Youth Dem Cold”, produced by popular New York Reggae radio personality Bobby Konders, peaked at no. 59 on the Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart.

Gideon Boot debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Reggae chart, in May 2008, propelled by the hits “Di Plane Land” and the inspiring title track that details his vow to continually wage war for the survival of righteous reggae.

Book of Job in 2011 delivered a compelling mix of Rasta anthems (“Jah Never Let Us Down”), unity plea (“No More War”), selections for the ladies (“Serious Woman” produced by Shane Brown) and social commentaries drawn from Spice’s life experiences (“Street Life” and “Yap Yap”, produced by Stephen “Lenky” Marsden).

Born Richel Bonner in Kingston, Jamaica, Richie Spice hails from a musical family that includes his older brother Pliers (from Chaka Demus and Pliers of “Murder She Wrote” fame) and singer Spanner Banner. His younger brother is deejay Snatcha Lion.

Spice’s appealing brand of roots reggae is characterized by his versatile vocals that can deliver a romantic boom shot like “Brown Skin” and just as convincingly the righteous militancy of the rebellious “Youths Dem So Cold”, or the ancestral mystical lyrics of “Where There’s A Will”. All recordings are nuanced by his signature, “Nana nana nana na” flourishes. Guided by the principles of his Rastafari lifestyle, Spice’s lyrics rail against injustices and the plight of the oppressed, implore assistance for the youth and extend maximum respect to the ladies. “My responsibility is to use the talent that God gave me as an instrument to uplift people who are facing the struggle worldwide and let them feel happy in themselves,” Spice explains. “It is all about righteousness, and endorsing the love of the people, good over evil and life over death.”

A new album is scheduled for release in 2020. The project will mark Spice’s 9th full recording for VP Records and features a rich and diverse collection of songs crafted to add additional classics to his repertoire.

Spice having delivered conscious innovative hit songs for over a decade takes his mission seriously, “As an artist, it is my job to uplift the youths and teach them right from wrong.” Spice honors his pledge towards making music that empowers and educates as it entertains, insuring a better tomorrow for the youth.”


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