We wanted to learn a little bit about your background. What's your "origin story"Spiceman?
SPICEMAN: First, I’d like to thank God for my life and the gift he has given me. I was born in Palatka, Florida. My father has a West Indian background. I can remember as a young boy in my mother’s back yard putting together different tubs and cans to make sounds and that is when it all started to happen. Friends began joining me and we put together a band made up of “home-made” percussion instruments. My first performance was at Bonner Elementary School in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was sponsored by Rev. Rose Marie Byron and my group that consisted of myself and 2 cousins. We won first prize which was a ribbon.
How did your professional life begin?
SPICEMAN: In 1969 my professional career began to develop. New York City became my new home. I spent a lot of time at the Apollo Theatre where I was introduced to greats like James Brown, Ottis Redding, Stevie Wonder Marvin Gaye and many others. My music career led me to Philadelphia where I met many fine musicians. Notably, Reggie “Razul” Smith, a gifted guitarist who had previously worked with the O'Jays with whom I had the pleasure of accompanying, and the band Turning Point. I was also featured with the number one local band Raw Image. During my time in Philly I play the local circuit with such groups as Brutus, The Tony Williams Quartet, and Destination Unlimited. I met a talented aspiring singer who became a good friend of mine by the name of Evelyn “ Champagne” King.
Did you ever feel inspired to start your own band?
SPICEMAN: I started a couple of bands of my own and we enjoyed local success. During my time in Philly I recorded an album called “Glitter of the City”. Featured on the album were the original drummer for the late John Coltrane, Lex Humphrey and also a backup saxophonist of Hank Mobley of the late John Coltrane Band. Others featured, included Robert Shabazz, saxophone, Ron Everett, trumpet, Bean Chandler, bass, Nate Merritt, drummer, and me on Congas.
Another vision led me to start the group Sweet Energy. Scott Davis was the Bass player, brother of songwriter Yvette Davis who wrote a hit for the Spinners. Brother Ralph on flute, Sabree on percussion and Spiceman on Congas.
What an exciting career. How are you spending your time here in Daytona Beach?
I recently married the love of my life, Ashley Willis. I have blended my island music with her island art and now we offer an entertainment package for schools and events. Its an awesome journey to watch our baby evolve so effortlessly. We love the Lord and children are our passion.
You can find Spiceman online at www.magicmilkislandart.com
And at Marina View Tiki Bar & Restaurant, 125 Basin St., located in the beautiful Halifax Harbor in downtown Daytona Beach,
Reggae Sundays with Spiceman in March interactive drum circle for kids (ages 4 and up) Parent engagement and participation is welcomed. 3-4pm free drum lessons for kids and “big kids too” 4-7 pm island music & congo/limbo fun!
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Sunday Afternoons in March, enjoy Marina View Tiki bar & Restaurant's interactive drum circle where kids (ages 4 and up) explore rhythm through Spiceman's "hands on" drumming experience. Parent engagement and participation is welcomed.3-4pm free drum lessons for kids and “big kids too” 4-7 pm island music and congo/limbo fun