@ the Indigo 02
31 July 2012
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Mighty Diamonds are a Jamaican harmony trio, recording roots reggae
with a strong Rastafarian influence. The group, which comprises
Donald ‘Tabby’ Shaw, Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson,
and Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson, was formed in 1969 and remains
together as of 2010. They are best-known for their 1976 debut album
“Right Time” produced by Joseph Hoo Kim and the 1979
release Deeper Roots.
Their first hit singles “Country Living” and “Hey
Girl” were recorded and released by the Channel One label.
Two of their greatest songs are “Go Seek Your Rights”
and “I Need A Roof” both from the mid 1970s. The latter
was remixed in a techno style in the mid 1990s. The classic Mighty
Diamonds style is ‘roots reggae’, in their case characterised
by close harmony lyrics, Tabby’s relatively high-pitched lead
vocals, and earnest, ‘conscious’ lyrical content. Instrumentation
was not as bass-heavy as some of their contemporaries in the 70’s.
“Pass the Koutchie”, written by Leroy Sibbles and
Jackie Mittoo, became an international hit twice, when first released
(on their 1982 album Changes) and again when it was covered by Musical
Youth and released as “Pass the Dutchie.”
Tabby, Bunny and Judge have produced over 40 albums in their long