Kirk Diamond’s LET IT BE DONE – A New Age Symbol of Hope & The Pan-African Movement
By Kimberlee Shelley-Ajibolade
Juno Award Winner Kirk Diamond is singer, songwriter, producer and social activist in his own right. Diamond has proven that there are no limits when high expectations of oneself and ones goals are achieved. Spreading musical messages of unity, inclusion, and love for all walks of life, The Movement Of Ahryel joins Kirk Diamond in delivering his greatness to reggae & dancehall lovers. Since it’s formation, the band has been opened for international reggae powerhouses Maxi Priest, Third World, Luciano and Etana, to name a few.
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, Windrush Festival, Middlesbrough Reggae Fest , 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.
His latest Song – Entitled : “ Let It Be Done – was written in light of the political climate and the social unrest that has affected so many worldwide , myself included, whether directly, indirectly or physiologically. As demonstrations continue across the world as an expression of frustration over longstanding issues of police brutality and inequality, all while facing a pandemic, the world just seems a bit dark and gloomy right now. This song is meant to give the world hope of the change that will. To encourage them to shine amidst the darkness because and remind them that we are stronger united.” Kirk explains. As a student of Garveyism, believing in the unification and empowerment of African-American men, women and children under the banner of their collective African descent, and the repatriation of African slave descendants and profits to the African continent; Kirk felt it was befitting to take it back to the motherland for the video. The video for the Single is currently being was shot in Uganda, East Africa. This could be dubbed as a new age pan-african anthem.
In tough times like these, when hope struggles to find its way through the fog of history, listening to “Let it be done” helps us to imagine that another future is possible.
Let it be done is now available on all streaming platforms