Well, I was born in mid-January at St. Mary's Hospital on Harrow Road in London. I was a 12lb baby, which was rare!

My mum is Italian from the North of Italy from a small village called Verucolette, high up in the Garfagnana mountains in Tuscany. She came from a large family, life was difficult and she wanted more out of life. In the late 40s, mum decided to come to England where she could become independent and get a job. Grandad Silvio Romei, R.I.P., bought her a ticket and her first coat and she was on her way.

My dad is Jamaican, born and bred. He was born in Kingston to a large family as well. The family was poor, life again, was difficult but he was smart and cunning. He left Jamaica for the States when he was 18 and ended up in the Bronx in New York. Having experienced racism and segregation first-hand, Dad said that it was unthinkable for a black man and a white woman to have a relationship. 10 years after that, Dad came over to England and got a job at British Gas in London.

Dad, being Jamaican, had music and dance flowing through his veins. Mum loved to dance as well, and was also into music. She used to go out dancing with her flat-mate down in Tottenham Court Road and also on Harrow Road, W9, where Dad first saw her. Dad really fancied her dancing and they met up a few times there.

5 years later, I arrived on the scene. When I was 8 months old, I was sent to live with my grandparents in Italy for 5 years because my parents had to work really hard to save up. I don't remember much from that time except being free as a bird, running around and doing whatever I wanted. I had a lot of family around me, so I was never lonely. I was told that people from all around, used to come see me because they've never seen such a beautiful brown baby.

When I returned to London, I was sent to Edward Wilson Junior School on Senior St. W9 where I learnt to speak English as I was only used to Italian at that time.

I would stop outside the reggae record shop on the Harrow Road and start dancing in the middle of the street, every single time. Mum used to get annoyed but I was not having it as I just wanted to dance. Thinking back, my fascination with that music was ignited because it had never been played in Italy.

Dad used to have this record player at home where he listed to Ella Washington and various other American superstates of the day. He used to listen to his music on Sunday afternoons and I could see the joy in his face and I would have a little dance around the front room.

Whilst growing up in London in the 70s, I had a brilliant time, being out all the time. Mum let me go out with my school friends to a club called Napoleans in Little Venice, W9. I was only 10 at the time but I really loved music and dancing and loved to dress up. I was a fashion victim and spent all my pocket money on the latest fashions, like you do. Was not really interested in school, just having a good time.

When I got to my secondary school, Marylebone Church of England Girls School on Baker Street, I used to do the same, going out 3 times a week to some club or the other. The boys from the grammar school up the road told us about a happening club called Countdown on Wells street. Saturday night became the biggest part of my life then, clubbing, dancing and hanging out. I met my first boyfriend, Barrie K. Sharpe, at Countdown. He was a fantastic dancer and we danced all night. We were so into dancing that we started trio, Barrie, Me and a guy named Steven Clonis.

After meeting Barrie, I grew up fast. He was a very interesting and progressive kinda guy, we had the same interest in the music, dance, clubs and fashion. We travelled to France and then later onto Israel. I was always learning new things from ever-changing environments.

Barrie called me up one day and asked if I wanted to start a band and I said yeah. That was the beginning of Diana Brown and the Brothers. I didn't know if I could write a song or even sing but Barrie showed me that I could and gave me the confidence that I needed. I wasn't the greatest of singers by far but I had what it takes to sing and dance in front of people and I suppose, that is half the struggle.

After a vast number of wild perfomances resembling early transmissions of 70s Soul Train, including supporting our mentors, the JBs, on more than one occassion, we decided to record our own version of Rare Groove tune called Yes It's You.

Once again we kept on moving and Barrie and I joined up with Jazzie B., leaving behind The Brothers who went on to form The Brand New Heavies, Tthe Young Disciples and Galliano. With Jazzie B. we created the first of the Ground Beat style. Separately we wrote Blind Faith, although not the sound we were striving for, it did become a club hit none the less.

Barrie and I went on to write and produce The Masterplan on our own thus creating our unique sound Ground Beat.