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December 6, 2013
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McDiamond shines with 'Life'

McDiamond - Contributed

Reggae singer Herbert McDonald aka McDiamond has had a life-long love affair with music, which dates back to the early 1970s.

"When I was a small boy, I went away to live in the UK. From those early days, I had developed a strong love for music. I grew up listening to some of the best music in those times - people like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Percy Sledge."

huge following

While growing up in Brixton, with the help of a friend, McDiamond built a sound system called Blackular.

"Those were the good old days. The sound-system boxes were all painted black, and we named it after the movie character Drackular, hence the name Blackular. We would play at events all over Brixton. We were young and really into the music. We played really good music; we had a huge following," said McDiamond.

Although throughout the years he has pursued a number of other interests, McDiamond has never given up up his passion for music.

"The music took up most of my youthful years, but as time went by, in order to deal with the demands of life, I had to pursue other ventures. I did several different jobs over the years to survive while living in England. At one point, I was a bus driver. At another time, I worked as a precision engineer and I also ran a bakery. However, through it all, my love for music has never waned."

McDiamond recently recorded and released his debut single titled Life.

"I always knew I wanted to sing. I have been writing lyrics for many years. It all started back in the early days when we had Blackular, but I couldn't find the time to go into the studios to record my music. Now that I am retired and living in Jamaica, I have decided to work on my music career full time."

very important

The affable singer describes his style of music as soulful and melodic.

"I'm big on music with soul and melodies. The quality of the lyrics is also very important to me. I do not like music that has filthy lyrics, so I keep my music soulful, clean, and melodic. Anyone can listen to my songs."

McDiamond is currently working towards the completion of his debut album that is slated to be released in 2014.

"So far, I have recorded eight tracks for the album. We still have a few more to go. I'm working on it with Paul Francis. He's a terrific musician-producer, and I must say, things are coming together pretty nicely," said the artiste.

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