Richie Spice

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Richie Spice
2013-08-25 Chiemsee Reggae Summer - Richie Spice 5629.JPG
Richie Spice at Chiemsee Reggae Summer 2013
Background information
Birth nameRichell Bonner
Born (1971-09-08) 8 September 1971 (age 47)
OriginSaint Andrew Parish, Jamaica
Years activeLate 1990s–present
LabelsHeartbeat, VP, Bonner Cornerstone

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).

More recently, a remix of one of his more popular tracks, "Marijuana", by Digital Mystikz's Coki, renamed "Burnin'" has focused more attention to him in the blossoming dubstep scene coming out of the UK. The original version of "Marijuana" also appears on the These Are Serious Times modern reggae compilation on XL Recordings.

His song "Youth Dem Cold" was featured on Grand Theft Auto IV's Massive B Soundsytem 96.9 and the ending sound track of Attack the Block.

Spice chose Book of Job as the title for his fifth album, released on 22 February 2011 on VP Records, stating that his commitment to creating uplifting music is as unwavering as Job's faith was while enduring his many hardships.

His latest album, Richie Spice Acoustic - Soothing Sounds, is set for release in October 2012 and features musicians such as Robbie Shakespeare and Bongo Herman.[3]

He also runs the Bonner Cornerstone label with his brothers.[3]

Richie Spice is a supporter of Food For the Poor (FFP) Jamaica, and gives a proportion of the proceeds from his performances to the charity.[4]


  • Living Ain't Easy (1999)
  • Universal (2000), Heartbeat
  • Spice In Your Life (2006), VP
  • In The Streets To Africa (2007), VP - Top Reggae Albums #6[5]
  • Motherland Africa (2007), Penitentiary - also released as Africa Calling
  • Gideon Boot (2008), VP - Top Reggae Albums #1 [5]
  • Book Of Job (2011), VP - Top Reggae Albums #4
  • Richie Spice Acoustic - Soothing Sounds (2012), Tad's International


  1. ^ McLean, Roxroy (2009) "The Bonner brothers' bond", Jamaica Gleaner, 27 October 2009, retrieved 6 September 2012
  2. ^ "Richie Spice at Zanzibar". Washington Post. 19 February 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Spice Goes Acoustic", Jamaica Observer, 22 August 2012, retrieved 1 September 2012
  4. ^ Campbell, Curtis (2014) "Richie Spice To Help The Poor", Jamaica Gleaner, 20 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014
  5. ^ a b "Performance of Richie Spice albums at Billboard". allmusic. Retrieved 19 December 2009.

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