Mighty Diamonds Sadly Lose Bunny & Tabby Within Days
Written by RasMahddy on April 4, 2022
The Reggae music industry suffered a saddening blow as two great pioneers of Reggae transitioned within days in non-related situations.
Donald ‘Tabby’ Shaw was a victim in a drive-by shooting incident Monday, March 28 at McKinley Crescent in the Olympic Way community of St Andrew. A gunman opened fire on a group of people outside a shop minutes before 10 p.m., killing the singer and another man, Owen Beckford. The tragedy included five persons, others were treated and released. Tabby Diamond was 66 years old.
Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson died from complications associated with diabetes on Friday (1 April). He was 71. Simpson was sent to the National Chest Hospital for a check-up on Friday, “was admitted, and died later” at the hospital, according to the statement. At the time of his death, the singer was battling Covid-19. In 2015, he experienced a stroke.
The Mighty Diamonds, who formed in 1969, are one of Reggae’s most prolific bands. I Need A Roof, Pass the Kutchie, and Right Time are some of their most notable classics.
Moments before the shooting occurred Tabby was captured in a short video clip with veteran artist Wickerman dancing to his newest hit song with Beres Hammond entitled “Mi Deyah Again”. The video now is circulating across the internet being called “Tabby’s Last Dance”.
The group leaves a Mighty catalog of conscious music for generations to come. As they say “diamonds are forever”, and The Mighty Diamonds music is just that, classic Reggae music that will last forever.