Diamonds from Sierra Leone. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia). Single by Kanye West from the album Late Registration. Released May 31, 2005. Writer(s) Kanye West, Devon Harris, John Barry, Don Black. “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” is a Grammy-winning song by American hip-hop artist Kanye West. It was released on July 4, 2005, as the lead single of his second studio album, Late Registration. The song contains a sample of the theme song for the 1971 James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever as performed by Shirley Bassey. Bassey was reported to be very impressed with Kanye’s performance and stated that she wished to work with him in the future. The song peaked at number forty-three on the Billboard Hot 100, was moderately successful on the iTunes music service, and peaked in the eight spot on the UK Top 40. It won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song at the 48th Grammy Awards.
For the video CLICK HERE (From Top of the Pops)
For the version of Diamonds Are Forever used for the Kanye West video CLICK HERE
Dame Shirley Bassey recorded Diamonds Are Forever in 1971. Here is a great picture from that year. For a great article from 1973 which is now 40 years ago CLICK HERE. (From Chronicle Live)