March 30, 2022 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |
The musical community has been thrown into a state of shock by the untimely death of yet another reggae icon. Shock and dismay has been the order of the day. Words cannot express our disgust at this wanton level of violence that has been gripping the Jamaican musical and wider society.
The Mighty Diamond’s ‘Tabby” Shaw, a member of the famous reggae trio group is dead. Police report has stated that he was killed along with another citizen in the vicinity of his home. A lone gunman it is reported, opened gunfire on victims. When the smoke has blown off, two are reportedly killed and two others injured.
This local and internationally acclaimed trio have been renowned for producing many hits over the years from 1969-2022. Among these hits are:
1) Pass the Dutchie on the right hand side 1981
3) I need a roof 1976
The Mighty Diamonds have the distinction of being the longest reggae group in musical history. They have stood the test of time.
It is unfortunate that a number of our prominent artistes are either in crime, incarcerated, or victims of violent encounters and unfortunately too many have met violent deaths.
Dead is: Donald ‘tabby’ Shaw
We have indeed lost a diamond.
Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Shaw and Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson are the surviving members of the Mighty Diamonds group 1969- 2022.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is a poet, elegist, author and senior international journalist who writes for Vision newspaper.