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The Mighty Diamonds play Friday at Miners Foundry in Nevada City.
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Thirty-three years later, and the Mighty Diamonds from Jamaica still tour constantly in the United States and Europe.

Not only that, but the three founders still make up the vocal reggae trio.



The Mighty Diamonds are lead vocalist Donald “Tabby” Shaw, Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson and Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson.




The Mighty Diamonds, backed by Bunny Wailer’s band, the Yardbeat Band, will perform Friday at Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

Don’t ask the Mighty Diamonds why they’ve stayed together all these years. They don’t know, although Shaw said Tuesday they’re frequently asked that question.

Maybe it’s because they grew up in the same neighborhood and attended the same schools in Kingston, or that the three share similar beliefs in a higher force.

The trio, originally named the Limelight, was influenced by American acts such as the Drifters, the Platters, the Stylistics and Curtis Mayfield.

With more than 40 albums out, the Mighty Diamonds’ sound includes ska, rock steady, gospel, blues and soul.

For three decades, all three members have written lyrics with the hope that listeners will be uplifted, according to Shaw.

“We have songs for people with broken hearts. We sing about the problems in the system. We sing for the people,” Shaw said.

“We try to get across the unity between the black people and white people,” he added. “The main purpose of the music is to inspire good things in life: people love everyone else, be good to your neighbors.”

Know and Go

WHAT: The Mighty Diamonds and the Yardbeat Band. Mercenaries open the show.

WHEN: Friday at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: $15. Tickets at Foggy Mountain Music, BriarPatch, Yabobo, online at http://www.TicketWeb.com and at all Tickets.com ticket outlets.

INFORMATION: 583-2801 or 265-5040


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