Making their encore appearance on our Boonville stage (they first
performed in Boonville in 2008), The Mighty Diamonds are one of the premier Jamaican vocal trios from the era when vocal trios ruled the roost in reggae music.
The Diamonds, comprised of Donald "Tabby" Shaw, Fitzroy "Bunny" Simpson and Lloyd "Judge" Ferguson (Bunny Simpson will not be appearing this year but will be replaced by Joseph "Capo" Williamson, lead vocalist of Benaiah), formed in 1969 in the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica and have been entertaining and educating the world with their sweet harmonies and conscious lyrics ever since.
Fronted by Tabby Diamond, they quickly became known as the young group with the Motown sound with their soulful harmonies and polished performances.
Their first hit single, "Shame and Pride", was recorded in 1973 for producer Pat Francis, at the world famous Dynamic Sounds studio (the Rolling Stones LP, Goats Head Soup, to mention only one example, was also recorded there), but it was their work with producer Joseph Hoo Kim later that decade at Channel One studio that really caught the world's ear. Many of the tracks recorded at Channel One were collected on their debut album Right Time, released in the UK on Richard Branson's Virgin label in 1976. That album immediately attained classic status and catapulted them into the international spotlight.
In the 1980s, their song "Pass the Kouchie" also became an international hit and that success was repeated when it was covered by Musical Youth, a trendy group comprised of British youths, and released as "Pass the Dutchie" later in the decade, selling millions of copies worldwide.
The Mighty Diamonds have produced over 40 albums and uncounted singles in their long career, for numerous producers, ranging from Lee Scratch Perry to Bunny Lee to Derrick Harriott and ultimately Gussie Clarke who produced some of their most successful songs.
The trio has toured the world extensively and has a strong following in Europe and Japan as well as in the USA. In Jamaica they are forever loved, performing many times at Reggae Sunsplash and other major festivals, to the delight of all in attendance.
The band backing The Mighty Diamonds on stage will be comprised of: Dyrol Randal, Drums; Akil Karam, Bass; Peter Williamson, Keyboards; Roney Moses, Guitar; Junior Chin, Trumpet; and John Harden, Saxaphone.
SNWMF is thrilled to finally present their long-awaited return to our stage, and we can promise no one will be disappointed when the Diamonds demonstrate the vocal prowess that made them such a legend, then as now.