[ENTERTAINMENT]Beguiling rhythms, Bob Marley drive King's latest

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[ENTERTAINMENT]Beguiling rhythms, Bob Marley drive King's latest

Blame Bob Marley. Blame fun on the beach. Blame all of Jamaica if you will. Somehow, "Summer Breezin," the first song on Diana King's new album, is addicting.

The song, a mixture of reggae and rhythm and blues, evokes images of cruising in a Jeep, hanging out at the beach with your closest friends and checking out the scene for potential love so sweet.

And after song No. 1, you will listen to song No. 2, "Suga Suga." You will shake your head with a laugh about a woman and a sugar daddy with a pocket full of green. You will continue smiling to "Credit Card."

King, a Jamaican-born American, weaves the music on her third album, "Respect," so deftly you don't know if the rhythms driving the song are beguiling, if a story is drawing you in, or if it's a divine voice that makes you want to listen.

So don't be surprised if you find yourself searching back to buy her first album, "Tougher Than Love" (1995). Then her second, "Think Like a Girl" (1997). Like I said, blame it on Bob Marley, who, she told the JoongAng Ilbo English Edition in a phone interview, is her shining star.

Q: Who would you love to share the stage with?

A: Madonna. Bob Marley if he were alive. That's the music I jive.

When's the last time you've been to a karaoke bar?

Maybe two years ago. I was in Japan and Sony music took us out. I sang Whitney Houston.

Favorite song on "Respect"?

That's like asking who your favorite child is. The deepest? "Real S**t." It's like an autobiography. I probably can never sing it live.

You ran away from home when you were 13. Have you ever returned?

A: I never went back home. My mother got to see the beginning of my career. I feel she was very proud of me, understood my passion and supported me. She died when I was in my teens.

What's the best thing about life?

Taking in this life and the love around you. It's the best feeling.

by Joe Yong-hee

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