By: Brian Jahn
Tags: Black & White Photography, Enviornmental portraits, Jamaican Music, Kingston, New York City, Photography, Portrait Photography, Rasta, Rastafari, Reggae Legends, Reggae music, Roots Reggae, Trench town
Mighty Diamonds live at S.O.B.’s in NYC. (1996)
The Mighty Diamonds are one of my all-time favorite vocal trios. Starting out in Trenchtown, forming in 1969, the Diamonds have remained one of the most consistent and longest-running vocal trios in Jamaica. Their career spans some 41 years starting with their groundbreaking debut album “Right Time” and up to their acoustic “Inna De Yard” CD, produced by legendary guitarist Earl”Chinna”Smith they have remained true to their roots tradition.
With such tunes as “I Need A Roof”, “Africa”, “Country Living”, “Go Seek Your Rights”, “Shame And Pride”, “King Kong”, “Playgirl”, “Gang War”, “Never Get Weary” and of course the international sensation, “Pass The Kutchie”. The Mighty Diamonds remain one of the classic roots trio out there today.
I have seen them dozens of times and was hoping to go see them yesterday in Central Park, along with Israel Vibration and Inner Circle, but as sometimes happens they were a no-show due to visa problems. I was looking forward to see their performance since it has been a while since I’ve caught one of their shows. If you get a chance and have never seen them perform, don’t miss it, their shows are always an up-lifting positive experience.
Bless up Mighty Diamonds!
I forgot to mention recently the reggae webzine site Shimmy Shimmy did a small piece on my reggae work. Check them out at the link below.