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Ricky Benz

I, Ricardo Anthony Tracey, otherwise known as Ricky Benz was born in, Kingston, Jamaica on October 27th,1978. My real vocation has always been music. That's all I always wanted to do. I remember that on numerous ocassions, me and my friends would use our desk tops as drums and our teacher would tell us to stop the noise. From those times I started deejaying at class parties and concerts. One of my friends from Monster Twin, (Ringo Kid), always used to call me Spragga, as most of the school too, so i utilized it and call myself Ricky Benz, I appeared as a Spragga Benz lookalike in the Jamaican Star Newspaper in the year 2000. I entered the music business professionally from 2001. I appeared on various shows including: (1) Peace and Love Inter Clubbing 2003, in Rollington Town. Featuring: Sugar Minott The Clarendonians, Ken Boothe. (2) Ready Fi Di World, 18 Dec 2004, in Border Square, St. Andrew, featuring: Natty King, Proverbs, Andy Livingston, Super Blacks, Jah Jah Ranks, Monster Twins and many more. (3) Shaka Blacks, (from Boston USA ) Live in concert on Windward Road,Kingston, 26 July 2004. Featuring: Singing Willow, Mr Banging, Shandy, Studio 44 Sounds with Mr Chill from Hot 102 fm. Live backing band was Penetrators. (4) Reggae Showcase, on 18 Dec 2004 at Classique Lawn, Old Harbour. Featuring: Junior Reid, Fanton Mojah, L. A. Lewis,General Trees, Carl Dawkins, Captain Barkey, Natty King and many others. Sounds Included: Cave Man, Bass Odyssey, Big Links and Alaska. Backing Band was Ambassador. (5) Stone face Production, Hype in the Park, Featuring: Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, T.O.K and many others. (6) Sting, 2004. (7) Sting, 2005. I have recorded in many studios over the years such as Joe Gibbs Studio, Music Works Studio, Vendetta Studio, Steel Beat Endorsement Studio, Daddy Mix Studio, Black Scorpio Studio, Cave Man Studio and Buss Out Studio. My most memorable moment in the studio happened when I was voicing specials and songs for release for Milky Red and DJ Red from Germany. They made me feel very comfortable and really special, this was in 2004. My first song as solo was Love You Girl. My main inspiration are artists like: Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Kenny Rogers, Spragga Benz, Michael Jackson and Sizzla, all had some influence on me. My first international tour was when I visited Sweden in 2009. (1) I did shows with one of the biggest sound systems in Sweden, Trinity sound system at club "Bysis". (2) I was also the featuring artist at the Urban Easter Party holled at club "Metro" in Stockholm. (3) I permormed in Uppsala at club "Orange" with Mash Up International sound system "Stereo Steppers", guest selector "Oskadus". Media apperance I was featured in a Swedish newspaper called "Uppsalatidningen". I was also featured in www. (which is a website over happenings in Uppsala). (4) In 2009 I also had a tour in Finland with Tropical Music Production. (5) Inspirationsfestivalen in Orsa. (6) Midsummer Latino festival. (7) Reggaeton the Real flow at club "La Isla". (8) S.B.G Kultur Festival. I came back to Sweden in 2010. I was the special guest artist at King island weblaunch party. (1) Then I featured at Bluehill show Passapassa 2010 (in Sweden). (2) Reggae Stomp in Finland. (3) King Island Finest Dancehall Sensation at Trädgården Stockholm Sweden (4) Bluehill, Hagalundsdagen. (5) Club Consious Phantom Sound 3 year Anniversary. (6) Dee Vibez and Club Boombastic 1 st annual red carpet award in Guthenburg, Sweden (7) Nuh Linga at Blå bodarna. In year 2011: (1) Ya Lighta tour in Switzerland and Italy. (2) Kabba Massa Gana tour in France. (3) Dj King Lion tour in Malmö, Sweden. (4) Roots festival, Vinterviken Sweden. (5) Stars n Bars Guthenburg Sweden. (6) Sun Splash in Riga Latvia. (7). Hagalunds day in Solna Sweden. (8) Reggae Stomp, Helsinki Finland. (9) Reggae Night Roots XXL Dancehall, Norrköping Sweden (10) Reggae Stomp, Helsinki Finland. (11). Lock Down Home Ground Dancehall Splash, Stockholm Sweden. (12) Trinity Sound 18 year Anniversary, Stockholm Sweden. (13) Pre-New-Year Mega Bash Stockholm Sweden. In 2012: (1) Swagg Fridays, Stockholm Sweden, (2). African Reggae Night, Stockholm Sweden. (3). Reggae Spring Break, Stockholm Sweden. (4) Saturday Reggae Jam, Vaasa Finland. (5) Reggae Stomp, Helsinki Finland. (6) Reggae Disco, Joensuu Finland. (7) Hillen Terassi Reggaes Fridays, Kuopio Finland. (8) Jamaica 50 th year Anniversary Stockholm Sweden. (9). Reggae Night Crew XXL Dancehall, Norrköping Sweden. (10) Rainbow Fields Festival, Orsa Sweden. (11) Setting the Trend Album release party, Stockholm Sweden. In 2013: (1) Reggae Stomp Explosion in Finland, Selcector Andor Birthday bash.
(2) Performance at Kultur- och föreningshus in Jordbro, Sweden.
(3) Club Wha Gwan, in Stockholm, Sweden.
(4) Sweden, Caribbean, African Family & Friends day, in Stockholm, Sweden.
(5) Reggae Stomp 5 years bash in Finland with Selector Andor.
(6) Club Vibrant in Stockholm, Sweden.
(7) Performance at Kultur- och föreningshus in Jordbro, Sweden.In 2014 (1) Ricky Benz Live @ Kåken Stockholm.In 2015 (1) Ricky Benz Live in Club Venue Helsinki (2) Ricky Benz Live @ Wake The Town in Finland.