Macka Diamond loves that ‘SuperSTAR’ feeling
For female dancehall artiste Macka Diamond being featured in THE STAR is the stuff of which an artiste's dream is made and she describes it as "a superstar feeling".
The Money-O artiste said that she fully remembers the first time that she was lucky enough to experience that feeling with the publication.
"We didn't have cell phone and social media at that time, but still everybody knew about it. I couldn't walk on the street in peace. I could hear people whispering 'A she we see inna di STAR'. Friends, family, pickney, old people, young people, everybody was telling me that they saw me in the paper. I bought so many copies and I have one in my scrapbook to this day," Macka Diamond shared.
With a touch of humour, she admitted that when some people told her that she was in THE STAR, she pretended that she didn't know.
"Sometimes mi woulda gwaan like mi never know and seh, 'Really? Ah lie!' and dem tell me how mi hot and look good. And then the first time THE STAR turned up to my birthday party, everybody in my Portmore community felt so good. All I could hear was 'Yuh buss!' Once you are in THE STAR, you are a superstar. Everybody in all 14 parishes seeing yuh," she said.
The author and entertainer noted that to this day, there is a special feeling being in the publication, which has captured the highs and lows of her career. And she is grateful, even when the feature may not have been in her favour.
"When the trouble-mekking thing start, I used to cry a lot. I remember one year at Sumfest, mi work and mash up di place, and then THE STAR seh mi flop. And when mi ah cry, Fattis [the late producer Philip Burrell] God bless him soul, start to rough mi up bad. He said, 'Don't ever let me see yuh do that again! Stop the crying! Out of all the people who perform at Sumfest, you get a big front page picture in the paper and yuh ah cry? No publicity is bad publicity.' And from that I learned," the Big Woman vs Yung Gyal singer stated.
"I always make time for the paper, because it is powerful and has helped me with my career," the veteran dancehall artiste said.