Dr. Ring Ding

Münster, DE
Artist / Band / Musician
Reggae / Ska / Dub
Dr. Ring Ding - "Mafia"

Dr. Ring Ding vs. Mashed Beans - "Ruff Like A Rock"

Black Cat Zoot feat. Dr. Ring Ding - Shake That Bone

Dr. Ring Ding a.k.a. Richie Senior was born in 1970 in Münster, Germany to a multi-cultural and musical household. His introduction to music began with singing along with his family and learning a variety of instruments. From 1987 on he played the trombone in the horn section of El Bosso & die Ping Pongs, one of Germanys most famous Ska bands and the only one of its time which sang in German. From this experience he came to love Jamaican music.

Around Christmas of 1992 Richie formed his own band, Dr. Ring Ding & the Senior Allstars. Over the next ten years they would release five albums, numerous singles and two albums as the backing band for Doreen Shaffer (JA) and Lord Tanamo (JA), and in doing so made their mark on the international Ska scene.

Dr. Ring Ding is a popular live performer, studio musician, arranger and producer in many different music genres such as Swing, Rhythm & Blues, Chanson, Hip Hop, and Punk, but, above all, in Reggae, Dancehall and Ska.

His cooperation with German Reggae producer HP Setter was immortalized on the solo dub album Big Tings and on the compilation Riddim In Exile. His work with the Rock crossover band H-Blockx secured him a hit with the tune Ring Of Fire, which went to number 13 on the German charts (respectively number 9 in the Austrian Charts) in the summer of 2000. Further collaborations with H-Blockx followed; among others on the title track of their album Get In The Ring (2002), which boxing world champion Sven Ottke selected as his entrance music.

Dr. Ring Ding has also made spectacular contributions to single selections for national and international producers: Doctors Darling (Germaica Records) went to the top 20 of the German Black Music Charts at the end of 2002, was released in Jamaica and found its way on the VP-label's "Riddim Driven - Doctor's Darling Compilation", and the German language Vom Vatter (Germaica Records) appeared on numerous Reggae compilations.

Dr. Ring Ding has performed live all over Europe and North America (and also did shows in Asia). He has appeared alongside many veterans of Jamaican music (Bob Andy, Doreen Shaffer, Phyllis Dillon, Hopeton Lewis, Derrick Morgan and Dennis Alcapone, just to name a few), and has played in the horn section of the New York Ska band The Toasters on several USA- and European tours.

2004 saw him tour the United States and Canada twice as a part of the infamous Ska Mob 2004, performing alongside Washington DC's own Eastern Standard Time and his longtime pal King Django.

In the november of 2005, he had the pleasure and the privilege to play the trombone at eight shows in Europe for the Skatalites, world famous "inventors" of Ska music.

Television and radio appearances in Germany, Spain, France, Hungary, The Netherlands and the US have helped spread the positive vibes that emanate from Dr. Ring Ding. As a deejay, singer and/or trombonist, he has appeared on a great number of albums from international Ska, Reggae, Rock and Hip Hop artists, such as:

Stubborn Allstars (New York),

Soul Kid Click (New York),

Curse (Germany),

Adjusters (Chicago),

H-Blockx (Germany),

Toasters (New York),

Dog Eat Dog (Washington, DC),

Italo Reno & Germoney (Germany),

Spook & the Guay (France)

and many more

Additionally he has appeared as deejay or MC with famous sound systems all over Europe, the USA and Russia.

In brief, Dr. Ring Ding lives music, particularly the music of Jamaica! As one of the first performers in Germany who bridge the Ska and Reggae scenes, he has opened many ears and hearts for the Good Vibes of his favorite sounds.
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