Reggae Icon Donald “Tabby” Shaw Killed In Driveby Shooting

Donald “Tabby” Shaw, the lead vocalist of the 1969 Roots and Reggae group called Mighty Diamonds, was shot and killed on McKinley Crescent in St. Andrew last night, March 29 at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Reports are that he was seated on the roadside in front of his home with a group of other persons when gunshots were fired by men driving a vehicle. Shaw was hit several times in the face and was rushed to the hospital for treatment but pronounced dead.

Another man named Owen Beckford who was with the group was killed while two other men and one woman are being treated at the hospital for gunshot wounds.

It is suspected that the 67-year-old reggae singer was the main target for the attack as sources revealed that his family members have been involved in recent shootings in the community.

Police of the St Andrew South Police Division currently have a man in custody who is believed to be involved in criminal activities in the community.

The Mighty Diamonds was a trio Root and Reggae group formed in 1969 and comprised of lead vocalist Donald “Tabby” Shaw, harmony vocalists Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson and Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson. They are best known for their 1976 debut album titled “Right Time”.

In 2021, the group was bestowed with the Order of Distinction (OD) Officer Class for their contribution to the development of Jamaican music.

Check out some of his most popular recordings below.

The Mighty Diamonds – Pass The Kutchie Lyrics

Mighty Diamonds – I Need A Roof

MIGHTY DIAMONDS ~ RIGHT TIME ~ RIGHT VERSION (LOCKS) 1975

THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS live @ Main Stage 2018

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