Backed by the All Spice band, Bonner Brothers; Shepherd Bonner, Snatcha Lion, Spanner Banner, Pliers, and Richie Spice took to the stage and gave show stopping performances.
All Spice Reggae in the City, a part of the RJR Kingston Music Week list of engagements, saw a comfortable crowd enter the venue at show time, a little after 10pm. Young female talent Shav-A, daughter of Admiral Tibet, opened the show with sweet vocals and a sexy flair, a precursor to the hard core male vocals that were to follow.
Shepherd Bonner also known as Black Shepherd was next to take the stage with high energy DJ vocals and antics, he lived up to his title as the eccentric Bonner brother.
Young reggae star, Snatcha Lion, definitely did not disappoint the up close and personal audience with his 20 minute set, which included his new hit ‘Calli Tea’. He had the audience in a high energy frenzy before his older brothers took the reins and brought patrons to a massive musical climax.
Spanner Banner, best known for the single Life Goes On, saved that for last and took the opportunity to perform a few tracks in his gospel catalog. What We Need is Love, One Love, Gotta Be and One Day at a Time were among the other known songs he also performed.
Pliers, fighting the Flu, did some of the classics he and his musical partner Chaka Demus are known for, as well as tracks from his solo career. He performed a medley of Your Love Is Burning, When You Love and Cover Me as well as singles; She Don’t Let Nobody, Tease Me, Bam Bam and the monster track, Murder She Wrote.
To close the show, the dynamic Richie Spice himself took the mantel and delivered over an hour of dynamic hits including; Earth A Run Red, World Is a Cycle, Youths Dem Cold, Gideon Boot and Di Plane Land. The females were not to be left out; Richie dedicated an entire segment to them. He then performed tracks such as Brown Skin, Groovin’ My Girl, Ghetto Girl and Can’t See True Love and Walk Away which all went over extremely well.
An unexpected finally then ensued, all 5 Bonner Brothers reentered the stage and performed the Bob Marley Classic, ‘One Love’ before closing the show and thanking the supporters at a little after 1am.
The All Spice event marks the Jamaica launch of the Bonner Brothers World tour set to begin in early 2016. The brothers performing on one Stage for the first time in history is a definite symbol of family unity in the music, a mantra they want the whole world to see and emulate, “Bonner Brothers uniting the world through music”.
Bonner Cornerstone Music, the label for the Bonner Family, will also be doing exclusive recordings with all brothers in early 2016 to be included in the material to be performed on the All Spice World Tour next year.