Entertainment

Diel pays homage to Kingston city

BY KEVIN JACKSON
Observer writer

Friday, August 11, 2017

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DIEL is living his dream. The singer, who always wanted to venture into music, has hit the right notes with I'm From Kingston .

Co-produced by Richard Spencer and himself, the single is making an impact on the airwaves.

“It has been amazing. People love the song and the video. What I'm glad for is that everybody is saying it is really a mirror to life in Kingston, and that's what I wanted to accomplish, to feel like they were going through an average day in Kingston city, so I'm very happy with that. The iKon team really did a great job with the video and people have started to buy the shirt too, which is really cool,” he told Splash yesterday.

A former student of Calabar High, Diel resided in Kingston before relocating to Manchester for tertiary studies.

“I've lived in Mandeville for most of my life but returned to Kingston late-2014. That's when I really began to observe how the city was run, and I kinda saw it through new eyes. The song I'm From Kingston is pretty much the product of my observations,” he said.

After earning a degree in Communication Studies at Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville, he was choir director at Manchester High.

Under his guidance, Manchester High won the All Together Sing televised singing competition for choirs in 2012.

“Well, music is all I really do professionally now, for the past four years or so. I taught at Manchester High for a couple years after leaving college and was an adjunct lecturer in the Communication Studies department at Northern Caribbean University. The journey for me has been, I would say, fun and diverse; a little bit of everything. From producing multiple genres to managing, touring, performing and recording. Giving voice lessons to conducting choirs, it's a world of music, really,” he said.

Deil (real name Adiel Thomas) said he has several songs to be released over the next few months.

“Within the next week I'm releasing a love song we tried to put five different genres in called One in a Billion. I'm working to release an EP in October or November, so that's another five or six songs. We're working hard on that, so definitely look out for that,” he said.

“I take a lot of pride in my singing, but I can also deejay, rap, and basically swim in whichever genre pool I write a song in. I borrow from almost every genre so it's always gonna be interesting to listen to. Also, I place emphasis on quality. The quality in my music and videos are always gonna be A1.”

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