RIP Diane Charlemagne

Today marks a sad day for the dnb community, and of course the Charlemagne family.

Having already been made aware of Diane’s fight with cancer, this morning I saw a post on Diane’s facebook page from her daughter. The message was to inform everyone that Diane had sadly lost her battle with lung cancer.

I never knew Diane personally but all today I’ve had an empty feeling in my stomach, like I’ve lost someone close to me. It just this shows the power of music I guess.

From first hearing her vocals as part of the The Urban Cookie Collective (when I was 13 back in 1993), through to her appearances on tracks by S.P.Y, Cyantific and of course Goldie as recent as last year. Diane’s vocals have featured in the music I’ve been listening to all my life. Diane had such a distinctive voice and it seemed to suit jungle/drum & bass better than anyone else (no disrespect intended).

I remember watching Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra back in July at the Southbank centre and thinking the performance (as good as it was) really missed her presence. Luckily she leaves behind a rich body of work which no doubt we’ll all turn to as a way to remember her, but also to appreciate a true musical talent.

Rest in peace Diane, you fucking rock x