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5 Things you should know about Reggae star Richie Spice

Richie Spice is in the +254, yet again.

The  Jamaican Reggae artist has made quite the impression on Kenyan music lovers, returning to Kenya again to the delight of his fans. The 47-year-old has had great success internationally, touring the world spreading love and light with his music. Here are a few things you should know about Richie Spice:

1. Richie Spice is not his real name.

The talented “Groovin’ My Gal” crooner was born Richell Bonner on September 8th, 1971. Beginning his musical career in Jamaica before gaining international fame, he adopted the stage name Richie Spice as he began to sing in the 90s.

2. Richie Spice comes from a musical family.

One of the most successful Reggae artists, Richie Spice has released 8 albums over his 20-year career so far. In his career creating music, the St. Andrew Parish native has worked with his brothers who are also artists. Spice has collaborated with his brothers Pliers, Spanner Banner, Jah Mikes, and Snatcha Lion. The group of five produced some great music together.

3. Richie Spice does not eat meat.

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As part of the Rastafarian culture, Richie does not partake in meat. According to an article on The Independent, “those who follow the Ital diet – which stems from the Rastafarian religion developed in Jamaica during the 1930s – eat plant-based and unprocessed foods. So, like the diet of some southern Asian people, including many Jains and Hindus, the Ital diet is proto-vegan.”

4. Spice released an album dedicated to Africa.

In 2007, the famed artist released an EP dubbed “In The Streets To Africa.” The album features some interesting collaborations with Joseph Hill and brothers Spanner Banner and Pliers. The track “Youth Dem Cold” was featured as the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack.

5. Richie Spice is a consistent chart-topper.

The Roots Reggae artist is been recognized for his consistency. According to Billboard, his albums “Gideon Boot,” “Book of Job” and “In The Streets to Africa,” all debuted within the Top 10 Reggae Albums charts.

 

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