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The legendary Mighty Diamonds at the Filler Dec 12

Tuesday Dec. 1st, 2015

The legendary Mighty Diamonds — Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson, Fitzroy ”Bunny” Simpson and Donald “Tabby” Shaw formed in 1969 in the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica. They are the most consistent and long-running vocal trio in Jamaican musical history and for the past 46 years have been entertaining and educating the world with their sweet harmonies and conscious lyrics.

With their soulful harmonies and polished performances, they quickly became known as the young group with the Motown sound. Their first recordings at Dynamic Sounds eventually led them to their classic hit “Shame and Pride” in 1973. Their first hit singles “ Country Living” and “ Hey Girl” were recorded on the Channel One label. After touring the US with Toots and the Maytals, the group signed to Virgin Records in 1975 and recorded four albums. Their debut album “ Right Time”— produced by Joseph Hoo Kim, become a classic with generated hits such as “Africa,” “Have Mercy” “Natural Natty,” “Them Never Love Poor Marcus” and the reggae party album, “Pass the Kutchie,” which has been sampled by everyone from Lauryn Hill to Michael Franti to Wyclef Jean.

The Mighty Diamonds are remarkable for the fact that the three founding members have remained together, despite the ever-changing and cut-throat music business, for over 46 years -- and counting! They find strength and inspiration in their faith in Rastafari and their love of Jah. Their message is one of unity, love and at times, rebellion in the face of injustice.

THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS with DJ JASON ROOT is Saturday, December 12th at the Filling Station Tickets are $15 in advance, available at Cactus Records and online at cactusrecords.net, or $18 at the door. Doors at 9 PM, Music at 10pm 21+.