Kingston, JA: Jamaican Music Ambassador Richie Stephens is back home in Kingston after a successful two-week Asian tour, billed ‘You Are The Greatest’ that took him to Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. It was the singer’s first tour to South East Asia and Australia and he is elated.
“It was a career changing experience for me as it revealed how far and wide reggae music has reached and how much my music is appreciated in different parts of the world. It also revealed how our music and our culture is loved especially when you consider this against the backdrop of Dalton Harris winning the X Factor UK and the recent announcement that reggae has been added to the list of global cultural treasures by UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural and scientific agency” the singer noted.
Stephens did several shows in Asia including a memorable live performance at CÉ LA VI, an iconic night club that is perched on the 57th floor atop the Marina Bay Sands Skypark in Singapore. The venue offers patrons a 360-degree panoramic view of the city’s skyline and is considered a must-visit destination for celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, David Beckham, Justin Bieber, Mark Ronson and English singer, songwriter and philanthropist Chris Martin.
“I am the first reggae artist to play that venue and it makes me very proud because I am now getting the opportunity to open doors for others. It was a sold out show and they invited me back to perform soon” he shared.
Looking back at the tour the singer said it was a great experience and he looks forward to the opportunity to return soon.
“I am looking forward to going back for an even bigger tour of Asia in 2019. I have to say thanks to all the promoters, especially my booking agent Daijiro Imamura who made the tour possible” he said.
Upon his return to Jamaica, the award winning singer was invited by veteran TV/film producer Lennie Little-White to serenade the nation’s first female prime minister – Portia Simpson Miller with his current single “You Are the Greatest” for a soon to be released documentary about her.