Roots Reggae Legends Come to Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle

Words: JOSH RAY
October 2, 2013

Formed in Trenchtown – the prolific reggae hot spot of Kingston – The Mighty Diamonds drew influence from the Rocksteady sounds of artists like John Holt and the smooth harmonies of 60s Motown groups like The Temptations to form a harmonious Roots Reggae sound with a heavy Rastafarian influence.


The Picket/District

9pm, Saturday 26th October

Following on from the successes of this summer’s Africa Oyé festival and a Europe-wide tour with Mokoomba & Culture, Oyé Touring & Trading make a return by taking one of Jamaica’s longest running vocal trios, THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS on tour. Coinciding with the release of Pass the Knowledge – the latest installment in VP Records critically acclaimed reggae anthology series – the Oyé tour will take to 10 venues across the UK throughout October and their penultimate stop will be at Jordan Street’s District.

Formed in Trenchtown – the prolific reggae hot spot of Kingston – The Mighty Diamonds drew influence from the Rocksteady sounds of artists like John Holt and the smooth harmonies of 60s Motown groups like The Temptations to form a harmonious Roots Reggae sound with a heavy Rastafarian influence.

Active for over 40 years whilst releasing a similar number of albums, Donald “Tabby” Shaw, Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson and Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson made a real name for themselves in the mid-1970s whilst working with the well renowned producer Joseph Hoo Kim, releasing a string of hits out of the Channel One imprint including; “Hey Girl” and “Country Living”. Over time, their blissful harmonies and conscious lyrics helped to cement them as one of the greatest Jamaican groups of all time.

The Mighty Diamonds will be joined on the night by France’s own HandCart Band. The 7-piece collective, formed by Al and Mehdi back in 2004 blend hefty dancehall riddims with roots vocals and after exploding out of their native Marseille have found themselves backing Jamaican legends like Pablo Moses and The Abyssinians. The band will be both providing backing music to the harmony trio as well warming up the crowd with their two Jamaican vocalists Putus Roots and Jah Fuzzy.
Further support will come from one of Liverpool’s oldest soundsystems, One a Penny Sound. Formed back in the mid-1980s by Inspector Willy, the collective began playing out of late night blues parties in Liverpool but soon started taking their mix of dancehall, reggae, ska, hip hop and dub across the UK. The soundsystem is now mostly played by the next generation of selectors but Inspector Willy’s dubplate remixes are still ever present in the mix.

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