Richie Spice, Spanner Banner, Etana in concert

Richie Spice, Etana and Spanner Banner are set to headline at the forthcoming Spice It Up concert, Friday, 2 June, at the Lions Centre.

The concert, organised by Music Mogul, will also feature local artists Daddy Stu, Jah Shawn, Kera Smith, Impulz Band and Coalition Sound.

Jamaican reggae/culture artist Richie Spice gained popularity in the mid 1990s with hits such as Earth a Run Red, Brown Skin and Ghetto Girl.

Born Richelle Bonner, Richie Spice hails from one of Jamaica’s most renowned family of artists. The Bonner brothers consist of Richie Spice, Pliers, from Chaka Demus and Pliers, Spanner Banner and dancehall DJ Snatcher Dog.

‘Richie Spice is a real crowd pleaser and has performed some great hits over the years,’ said Promoter Dwayne Seymour. ‘He was last in Cayman in January 2005 and the event was a sell-out. We are really excited to be bringing him back to Cayman again.’

He added: ‘He has a real smooth flare that his fans identify almost every one of his tunes as a hit song. He definitely has a solid identity. Richie Spice is someone the islands always welcome.’

Richie Spice has toured across Europe, the US, Africa and the Caribbean. In 2004 he released the album Spice in Your Life, which has gained widespread international acclaim.

Jamaican singer songwriter Etana burst onto the reggae scene with her debut single Wrong Address, spring last year. The song struck a resounding chord with reggae fans and the artist has followed up this success with her most recent single, Money, released last summer.

Spanner Banner, aka Joseph Anthony Bonner, found his footing on the music scene in the early 1990s. He has had hits with Universal Love, Cheater, What We Need Is Love, Michelle, Ladies Man and You Gotta Be. Tours have taken him across the US, Europe and Africa.

Both Spanner Banner and Etana will be performing in Cayman for the first time.

‘Etana’s Wrong Address is having a lot of air-play on the local radio stations,’ said Mr. Seymour, ‘and Spanner Banner is well known in Cayman. This is going to be a very exciting concert.’

Part proceeds from the concert will help support XPosure, a local singing programme set up by Music Mogul to coach young artists in singing and performance techniques.

Tickets are $25 in advance, available from Reflections and Funky Tangs, $39 at the gate.