Reggae Legends The Mighty Diamonds Along with Tropical Recording Artist, Mabrak Play Live in the Bay Area Next Week

New York, NY, August 04, 2011 --( The names have not changed over the last four decades, and reggae legends, The Mighty Diamonds along with Tropical / Sunset Recording artist, Mabrak continue to set the live standard in reggae music today.

The Mighty Diamonds, which got its start in the late '60s along with reggae drumming legend, Mabrak, will play the Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center in Berkeley, California backed by very special guests, Yellow Wall Dub Squad. One of the first and one of the greatest of Jamaica’s reggae harmony trios, the Mighty Diamonds – Donald Tabby Shaw, Fitzroy Bunny Simpson, and Lloyd Judge Ferguson – came together in 1969 and are still singing together and playing live four decades later. Combining their Rastafarianism with catchy melodies, the Mighty Diamonds scored hit singles including Country Living and Hey Girl, and their classic 1982 reggae hit, Pass the Kouchie, spread to the rest of the world with a little lyric rewriting when Musical Youth redid it as Pass the Dutchie. The national talking drum champion of Jamaica, (Leroy) Mabrak first came to the United States in 1972 as a member of pioneering group Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. On his own he created an ensemble where the West African talking drum is the lead instrument, first under the name Genesis, and then as the band Mabrak. Mabrak has three albums with Tropical (Records) in stores today, The Roots Man, Drum Talk, and “Mabrak Live.”

Opening the show for The Mighty Diamonds next week in Berkeley is Mabrak, the legendary roots reggae band that has established itself as one of Northern California's most viable and pertinent world music bands around today. Mabrak’s live show is to provide a high-energy mix of reggae, dub, soul, world, roots and dance.

Information about the show:

The Mighty Diamonds, with Mabrak, Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm
$15 advance & students / $17 day of show on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at the Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center in Berkeley, California. Tickets are available at Ticketweb; online at the Ticketweb Web Site or at the box office at 1317 San Pablo at Gilman in Berkeley, California.

About Tropical Records:
Tropical/Sunset is a privately owned Don Lichterman Company. Sunset is one of the leading independent record labels and entertainment companies in the world. Sunset’s Entertainment Companies, and its global operation, acquire, develop, and distribute major music recording artists, home visual entertainment products, online-digital entertainment technologies and music and filmed entertainment worldwide. Sunset’s four major divisions are the Sunset Distributed Labels, the Radio Sunset Network, the Sunset Vending Co., and the Sunset Film Entertainment Division.

Tropical Records
Jane Brown