For the first time in 20 years, Spice & Company has released a new song – You’re So Sweet, written by Dean Straker and Alan Sheppard.
And the band says it’s excited and feels refreshed enough to resume a recording career after being absent from the scene for so many years.
The song is sure to give Barbadians that “feel good” sensation as the country draws closer to celebrating its 50th Anniversary of Independence.
“I love my island and I know many of us always say ‘Barbados, yuh too sweet’, so from there the song took its chorus from that idea. When it came to writing the verses, I took my inspiration from a girl that I fell in love with at 14 years old,” Straker said at the song’s launch yesterday.
Sheppard is the lead vocalist on the track, with backing vocals by Straker and Tamara Marshall. Melvin Alick is on drums; Roger Foster, on bass guitar; Straker, on guitar and organ; Sheppard on keyboard; ZigE Walcott on steel pan and timbale; and Kweku Jalani on trumpet.
Although the band’s original members are much older now, they have lost nothing when it comes to the dynamic live performances they were famous for in the past. Their next show is November 30, when they will perform for the people of Barbados at the Independence celebrations.
The band reunited in 2010 after a 15-year hiatus to produce one of the most talked about shows in the island at the time, at the Globe Drive-In, performing for a crowd of 8 000 Barbadians spanning three generations.
As the relationship between the members was rekindled, the band began performing more frequently. During the last three years, and on rare and selective occasions, they have made successful international appearances, performing with Shaggy, Maxi Priest and other top recording artistes.
The band’s hits include Give Them Freedom, Bob’s Song, Rastaman, Irie Feeling, Aware Africa, Always On My Mind, Lift Ya Leg Up, Make Noise, Take Ya Clothes Off, The Guns, Shake it up Baby, Soca Army, and In De Congaline.