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Celebrating a maestra at 75

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Diana Ross

Sir: Diana Ross, born as Diane Earle Ernestine Ross, was born on March 26, 1944. This year, fans worldwide would be celebrating her works, which have spanned five decades.

My journey with DR (as she is fondly called) began in the early 90s when her songs were always on repeat in my house.

I was privileged to see her live performances and bask in all her glory. Her live performance in Central Park was a topic for years when she performed in the rain and had to be forced to stop. She came back the next day costing the city of New York about $2m.

Love to her was like her old piano, it made her have a chain reaction and a love hangover, turned her upside down. She had to come out to discover hope is an open window. She had to stop in the name of love to find out why fools fall in love.

One thing to pick from DR is her doggedness and confidence over the years. She was not born with a silver spoon but she was able to grow through the years to become the diva she is today.

From being a role model in the 60s to the black community during the clamour to end segregation in America when she was part of the group Supremes to breaking off to go solo in the 70s; to the BOOM in the 80s (topping the charts with Endless love which became the wedding song of decades) to the 90s album and the final album following Double Platinum with Brandy, Diana has never gone out of fashion.

Happy birthday Diana!


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