Cultural singer Richie Spice and Chuck Fenda, two of the acts who were initially signed to the Fifth Element Records when the label was first established years ago will join Guyanese roots singer Natural Blacks, veteran singer John “1000 Volts” Holt, Ky-enie, Jessie Jendah, Spanner Banner, Tony Curtis, Kristopher and Boom Blast at the 10 anniversary celebration for the label in New York later this month
The two day celebration, which will be a reunion of sorts for Spice and Fenda, will kick off on Saturday, October 30 at the C-Pac in Brooklyn and will close out on Sunday, October 31 with another massive concert at Macedonia Hall in Mt. Vernon, New York.
“We are exited about this milestone celebration and thrilled that Richie and Fenda – two of the acts that were there when we initially launched the Fifth Element vision years ago – are able to join our current artiste Natural Black for this historic occasion. ” Devon Wheatley, CEO of Fifth Element Record and event producer commented.
Wheatley said the New York promotions team is working feverishly to ensure that the weekend of activities will be one of total enjoyment.
“Everyone is definitely hyped and ready to have a marvelous time and with the bevy of stars we have lined up, we are expecting this to be a massive celebration” he said.
Wheatley expressed joy in working with Richie again and gives credit to the Rastafarian sing-jay for what he has accomplished in his career.
“It is rare that you find someone with Richie’s extraordinary voice and, potent writing ability, yet so humble and disciplined. Through guidance and good management, his skills have been honed to achieve musical greatness and we are pleased to have contributed to his success and happy to have him booked for this 10th anniversary concert” he commented.
The laid back reggae crooner who has won several local and international awards over the years remains grounded despite his international success.
“If I get awards for putting out music that is loved and appreciated by the masses, it’s not the objective, just merely one of the rewards” he said.
When questioned on his ability to maintain clean lyrical content despite the onslaught by dancehall artistes, he said “It is the conscious positive vibes that will uplift those who are socially and economically downtrodden and provide the youth who are particularly vulnerable, with the hope they need.”
Aside from Richie Spice and Chuck Fenda, Fifth Element Records has launched the careers of Anthony Cruz and songbird Etana.