Kingston, Jamaica— 09/09/2023
— "Effortless" is the description of every performance by Reggae artiste Richel Bonner aka ‘Richie Spice'...
As he rocked the crowd and sent them into repeated word-for-word singing frenzy, he proved why three decades later, his relevance on Reggae’s front line is unchallenged.
Moving smoothly in and out of his one-skank, there was an apt analogy whispered: “Richie Spice is like a feather… and when it falls, it shakes the earth!”
Spice's Launch party and Earth-Strong Celebration brought accolades from JARIA boss, Ewan Simpson who spoke about the Reggae hitmaker's impact on the local and global music industry.
Musicologist, Clyde McKenzie looked at the need for cover versions in any artiste’s catalogue of worth, highlighting Spice’s interpretation of "Johnny Too Bad" on the BLACK MAN TIME album and also his version of Lionel Richie’s "All Night Long".
Director of Marketing for the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing arts, Coleen Douglas reviewed the BLACK MAN TIME album which was released on the Richie Spice Music label on September 8th. She selected the tracks ‘Lion and the Lamb’, ‘Mother Earth’ and ‘Tea Bread’ – describing them as an ode to things dear to Spice and familiar to fans.
The event overlooked the city from the ‘Pon Top roof’ and was filled with laughter, music, food, family, great performances and music conversations. Spice was unassuming, on-time and gracious as a host, being fully supported by empress Sophia and his children. Collaborator on the “Juvenile” track, Louie Culture was also in attendance and delivered a blistering performance of crowd favorites, "Gangalee" and "Bogus Badge".
Richie Spice's first-ever song, "Killing A Sound" was produced by Dennis "Star" Hayes, in 1994. His debut album Out of The Blue on the Island Jamaica Label, saw him team up with the renowned Clive Hunt, from which came his first major hit song - "Grooving My Girl".
Clive Hunt, who is also a producer on BLACK MAN TIME typically neeeh-ver leaves the studio, but was seen in high spirits at the launch event. Other producers on the new album are Steven "Lenky" Marsden, Dwayne "Fire Wayne" Cowans and Marvin Black-Pearl of Voicefull Records.
The Reggae artiste describes his 10th studio album BLACK MAN TIME as “Preservation of the Music” much more than just entertainment. Spice is committed to the creation and global delivery of authentic Reggae message music.
VPAL Music, a subsidiary of VP RECORDS is the distributor for the BLACK MAN TIME album and views the partnership as a no brainer given the artiste’s track record with the label and
on the strength of his musical contribution to Reggae across the globe. With 200K followers on Spotify and an impressive 435K monthly listeners on the platform already, hits like “Brown Skin,” “Youth Dem Cold,,” “Earth a Run Red,” “Marijuana” and “The Plane Land,” allow the artiste to reach 4.97 million listeners thanks to playlists.
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