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Norman (Otis) Richmond’s Diasporic Music will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Trane Studio 964 Bathurst St. Sunday, June 4th at 6pm.Music will be provided by the Jay Douglas All Star Band Tiki Mercury-Clarke, Wasun, Spin, King Cosmos and many other surprise guests. MC’s will be Itah Sadu, Adam Vaughan, Dwayne Morgan, and Paula Letang. The price of admission is $10.

Richmond and crew will celebrate their 25th anniversary of broadcasting Diasporic Music. The program first aired on The Spirit of Radio CFNY-FM 102.1 in May of 1981, the day after Bob Marley joined the ancestors. CFNY’s station manager Dave Marsden welcomed Richmond’s Diasporic Music to the mainstream airwaves.

At that time Richmond joined Marden, Ted Woloshyn, Mike Stafford, and Ivar Hamilton, Liz Janik and Tim Keele. Richmond joined CFNY as Hedley Jones’ replacement. While Jones did a strictly reggae show Richmond broadened the show to include Afro-Beats, Calypso, Spoken Word, Hip-Hop and silly little love songs. He remained at CFNY until 1983.

Richmond moved to CKLN that year 1983 and joined Ron Nelson, Anton Leo, John Jones and Ralph Benmergui. He would later work with DJ X, Michie Mee, Eun Sook Lee, Min Sook Lee, Dave Barnard, Milton Blake, Clifton Joseph, Adam Vaughan and others.

Diasporic Music grew to include Kareen Glynn, Adrian Miller, and others. In 2006 Diasporic Music is produced by Black Youth United (BYU) Radio, Usheak Koroma, and Dwayne Morgan. They are joined weekly by Abayomi Azikiwe, the editor of the Pan-African News Wire

Richmond was born in Arcadia, Louisiana but moved to Los Angeles at a young age. Arcadia is also the place where Bettye Swanne grew up. Richmond and Swanne were label mates on Los Angeles based Money Records. Richmond recorded with M & M and the Peanuts. Swanne had a monster hit with “Make Me Yours”. H.B. Barnum, who has been Aretha Franklin’s music director for many years, was Richmond’s next door neighbor when his family moved from Louisiana to the projects in Los Angeles.

Richmond grew up and sang in groups that included Sigidi, who wrote and produced the S.O.S. Band’s smash “Take Your Time Do It Right”. Richmond
attended Victory Baptist Church where the organist was Billy Preston, who later became The Fifth Beatle and a Rolling Stone.

The Louisiana- born Richmond has been the recipient of the Toronto Arts Award, the Bob Marley Award, the Peter Tosh Awards, a Keeper of the Flame Award (for his contribution to keeping alive the memory of El-Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) before the Spike Lee movie was made) from the African-American community in Harlem, and an award from Jack the Rapper's Convention in Orlando, Florida. He was elected vice-president of the United Nations Conference on the cultural boycott of South Africa in 1984. He was the delegate to the 7th Pan-African Congress in Kampala, Uganda in 1994.

For more info contact Norman (Otis) Richmond