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Juno Nominated Kirk Diamond's Release 'Reggae Party' Gaining Traction Ahead of New Album 'Dread'
Kirk Diamond's September 2022 release 'Reggae Party' is buzzing on and offline. The single is already gaining strong support on radio across the diaspora. 'Reggae Party' showcases Diamonds fusion of Roots, Reggae and modern Rock, creating a sound that is both nostalgic and fresh. The single is from his upcoming album 'Dread', and is already gaining popularity in digital music circles, receiving strong support within the Canadian music scene, and is gaining traction within the Caribbean and West African music circuit.
Additionally a park has been named in his honour last February, Kirk Diamond Park is located in Brampton, which is just north of Mississauga in Ontario.
Diamond was featured on CBC Music’s 10 Canadian Reggae Artists You Need To Hear and nominated for a JUNO Award for Best Reggae Recording for his single Love Inna We Heart produced by France-based Galang Records in 2015. The nostalgic ode to the 90's has become a worldwide success steadily climbing various international charts such as the popular Canadian Reggae Chart heard on Rebel Vibez where it held the #1 spot and charted for over 19 weeks.
In the Spring of 2017, Kirk released his debut EP Greater, “a story of my musical journey to this point with an optimistic look on what's next to come." The EP’s eponymous song hit the #1 spot by the Fall, running 6 weeks consecutive with a total of 42 weeks on the chart. Greater would gift Diamond with his second Juno award nomination and his first Juno Award win for Reggae Recording of the Year in 2018.
Kirk believes in the unification and empowerment of men, women and children under the banner of their collective African descent. This is reflected in his music, which is influenced by the philosophies of Haile Selassie and Marcus Garvey.
Diamond’s unique sound has landed him on the global music stage making him the only Canadian Reggae Artist to appear on Freestyle BBC 1XTRA and the only reggae artist to close Afro-fest to date. Diamond has also performed on several other major music stages including : Calgary Reggae Festival, Toronto Reggae Festival, JUNOFest, Congregate Brixton, Winrush Festival, Middlesborough Reggaefest , Channel One 45th Anniversary Show, Yard Vibes Germany and TVJ’s Smile Jamaica. He’s also performed for Mayor Patrick Brown and other elected officials at City Hall for Brampton’s Black History Month Event.
Despite the amassed recognitions and critical distinctions, Kirk still stays humbled and continues to push the influence of reggae music international, while bringing about social change through his music. Staying true to the culture and the music, Kirk has also been a part of various marches, protest and other events in the quest for equality.