Good to see a reggae band who started in 1969 and still comprise their original members. The Mighty Diamonds have always had that great balance between spiritual and political songs and tonight we get a run down of some of their greatest tunes. Not easy to do as they’ve got something like forty albums to choose from. They all look dapper and in good health and their sweet vocal harmonising has stood the test of time.
They’re backed tonight by London reggae artists The Rasites, who also come on as the support band to perform some of their own songs first. They comprise a drummer, five-string bass, rhythm guitar and two keyboard players, and have been going since 2001. They’ve become the go to guys to support other reggae artists when they play over here. They’ve previously backed Michael Rose, Luciano and The Abysinnians and their debut album “Urban regeneration” is worth picking up to get a taste of where they’re coming from. They also do a great version of one of my favourite reggae songs ever, “Picture on the wall” originally released in 1983 by The Naturalites & The Realistics. Great stuff.
The bass player from The Rasites then introduces The Mighty Diamonds and we’re into a classic set from the reggae legends. It’s a great set that has the crowd moving from the off and includes everything from “Country Living”, their first big hit through to the song they’re best known for, which is of course their 1982 hit “Pass the koutchie”.
Some of the songs incorporated Nyabinghi chanting but that’s to be expected from devout Rastafarians such as these guys, and their style of phrasing and harmonising also bordered on gospel. I was there with four female reggae fans (what can I say, I’ve got a lot of female friends) and they all thought it was brilliant. Plus they know their reggae and I agreed with them anyway. 🙂
Reagge as it should be done. Classy and classic. Simple as that.
Just because it’s one of the best reggae songs ever. The Naturalites & The Realistics with “Picture on the wall”: