In terms of legendary female dancehall artists, Macka Diamond has to be in any true dancehall fans list.
When you talk longevity, influence and hits records, Macka Diamond has all three and she doesn’t look anywhere near stopping. From legendary clashes with the likes of Lady Saw and Spice, to hits like ‘Dye Dye’ and ‘Bun Him’.
Macka Diamond should be seen as one of the top female artists to ever grace dancehall and with her recent release ‘Cucumber’ starting to heat up in the streets, it looks like Macka Diamond is not where near stopping.
Following the release of ‘Cucumber’ we had the privilege of asking Macka Diamond a few questions about her career, her most recent work and plenty more, in our latest interview
Being one of the top female artists in dancehall, what are some of the most important lessons you have learnt in your career?
Macka Diamond: “The most important lesson I’ve learnt is to stay strong and focused despite all the negative comments and haters”
Through the years and stages of your career has your outlook changed since you first began recording music?
Macka Diamond: “My outlook has changed in good ways because the music has also changed and I’ve had to evolve with it. I don’t complain about social media I embrace it. A lot of Artistes- that started out with me don’t want to work with the new trends and that affects their career. After more than 2 decades I’m still relevant and still touring”
What do you think are some of the biggest obstacles that you have faced throughout your career, and what are some of the obstacles that female dancehall artists face in general?
Macka Diamond: “I’m more experienced now so facing obstacles that female artists face in the male dominated space, I do that with a smile. we are underpaid and have to work twice as hard than a man it’s sad though but true and I pray things will change. I also have to deal with ageism a lot, but because I look great for my age I don’t let that affect me”
Looking back to the start of your career how has your creative process changed since you first began recording?
Macka Diamond: “My creative process is in-born, I always like to be different so the changes are natural and I grow with it. I also allow life experiences to motivate my music staying topical is how I always have hit songs in every era since I started”
How do you want to be remembered?
Macka Diamond: “I want to be remembered as being different and holding my own lane which is exactly what I’m doing now”
What is one change that you would like to see in dancehall?
Macka Diamond: “One change is that they stop telling females that when they reach a certain age they need to stop doing dancehall, while the men still get to do it until they die. It’s sexist and ageist”
How do you think changing technology is effecting dancehall, especially with the increased importance of streaming and YouTube?
Macka Diamond: “Changing technology has a good effect and it allows us to be in touch all over the world it’s easier to me but you have to learn the marketing strategy to sustain a good career because it’s more open so more people getting a chance to shine so you have to know how to market yourself to stand out”
What in your opinion is your most underrated song?
Macka Diamond: “I think Dye Dye is underrated I think that song should have been on the Billboard chart”
And our final question, what has the reception for your most recent single Cucumber been like and how do you think it will fit into dancehall’s current landscape?
Macka Diamond: “Cucumber is getting so much love I’ve never expected and in less than a month I have people blowing up my phone telling me it’s a hit well as for dancehall the riddim and style is everything fit in dancehall no question about that so it had to fit in this time and as a matter of fact no matter the changes out authentic dancehall and reggae will always hit once it has creativity and substance which I’m sure Cucumber has.
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