Fundraiser for Richi Rootz raises £1,000

The fundraising music night  held to celebrate Leicester reggae musician Richi Rootz has raised £1,000 towards the music studio that will take his name in our new building.


Richi, whose real name was Rich Harper, died in 2011, a few weeks after suffering a stroke at the age of 48.

Richi Rootz Dance 2014 was the third annual fundraiser to be held in his memory and took place at The Music Café, on Saturday June 21 2014, from 10pm until 4am.

The dub reggae night was a celebration of Rich’s life and music and saw Vibronics headlining, with sets from The Counteraction Band and Jah Free, all played through The Biscuit Tin Soundsystem.

Richie was well-known on the dub music scene and, as well as being an accomplished bassist, MC and composer.

His wife, Mel Harper, set up the Richi Rootz Foundation to support young people who suffer strokes.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation helped Richi’s wife Mel Harper set up the Richi Rootz Foundation in 2013 to raise money to support working age stroke victims and their families.

This year Soft Touch was the chosen charity to be supported by Richi’s Rootz Dance 2014.

Soft Touch used the funds to build a music studio for disadvantaged young people at the Soft Touch youth arts and heritage centre at 50 New Walk.

You can find out more about the Richi Rootz Foundation and donate by following these links: Text RRTZ48 £2 to 70070 (just giving)

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From the Leicester Mercury