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Richie Spice

Richell Bonner (born 8 September 1971), better known as Richie Spice is a Jamaican reggae artist. He is a member of the Rastafari movement. Some of his most famous songs include, “Youth Dem Cold”, “Groovin’ My Girl”, “Earth A Run Red”, “Marijuana” and “The Plane Land”. Three of his brothers are also reggae artists – Pliers, Spanner Banner, and Snatcha Lion.[1]

Bonner was born in Rock Hall, St. Andrew, Jamaica.[2] He is the brother of Pliers, Spanner Banner and Snatcha Lion.[3] His first Jamaican single “Killing a Sound” was produced by Dennis “Star” Hayes. This was followed by “Shine”, produced by Clive Hunt. Spice also teamed up with Hunt for his debut album on the Island Jamaica label from which came his first major hit “Grooving my girl”. His second album included hits such as “Earth a Run Red”, “Living Ain’t Easy”, “Land of Jamaica”, “Time So Rough”, the aforementioned “Grooving My Girl” and many others.

Having gained popularity in the mid-1990s, Spice has performed at major shows such as Reggae Sunsplash, White River Reggae Bash, Rebel Salute and many others. Spice opened shows for the likes of Chaka Demus and Pliers, Spanner Banner and Rita Marley on extensive tours of Europe and the United States during 1996-1997.

He again toured East North America from June to September 2001. He performed at Sting held at Jam World, St. Catherine (26 December 2002) and Sting Miami (March 2003).

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