Magma sparkles with 'Diamonds'

By Howard Campbell
Observer senior writer

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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ADAM Mayo was just a boy when he first heard Paul Simon's groundbreaking 1986 album, Graceland . It had an instant impact.

“Even as a youth I loved every song. That album made me want to be an artiste,” he said.

Last year, Mayo, known as Magma, covered Diamonds on The Sole of Her Shoes one of the hit songs from Graceland.

It was re-released in September as part of The Ultimate, a compilation album from Tad's International Record.

“Is a special song, so wi try keep close to the original but put a binghi flavour to our version,” said Magma, a Bermudian.

Veteran musicians, saxophonist Dean Fraser and drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, led a strong cast who played on 'Diamonds'. Percussionists Junior Sutherland, Alphonso Craig and Noel “Reuben” Gayle, guitarist David Trail and bassist Owen Reynolds also played on the song which Magma produced for his Moltenrock Productions.

Magma has lived in Jamaica for over 10 years, recording for various producers including Josef Bogdanovich of Downsound Records and Earl “Chinna” Smith.

The Mission, his first album, was released in 2015. Magma plans to release a cover of Mother and Child Reunion, another Simon original, as a follow-up to Diamonds on The Sole of Her Shoes.

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