A first visit to Africa and Malawi in particular has spurred up-and-coming Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist Mr Diamond to push his music onto the continent.
Born Patrick Taylor in the United Kingdom, the artist performed at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe alongside one of Jamaica’s top dancehall artists, Busy Signal—doing two songs, much to the appreciation of fans that thronged the venue on September 3.
In an interview from Kingston, Jamaica, Mr Diamond said his trip to Malawi has taught him how much fans love his music.
He said: “It was the first time for me to travel to Africa with the Turf Team. I was overwhelmed by the experience in Malawi. The people are so passionate about our reggae/dancehall music. It was well received and this gives me great pleasure to be able to perform for the people of Malawi.
“At first, before being introduced to the stage by Busy Signal, I was a bit curious about the reception from such a large crowd, knowing I am pretty much a young artist to them. It was that resonating sound from the crowd which shows how much they welcomed my appearance and were enjoying my performance by cheering on.”
Mr Diamond said he discovered his voice in his local church choir and promised to make more headway into Malawi.
His vocal range, lyrical style and unmistakable sound distinguish him from the many reggae and dancehall artists from the Caribbean nation and his Jamaican roots influence his creativity as a singer and songwriter and powers his musical delivery and exhilarating stage presence.
“I am hoping to create a good relationship with both promoters and fans who appreciate my music to share among the people of Malawi and beyond,” said the musician, adding he is working on his debut extended play with Busy Signal. n