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The Star (Jamaica) - - FEATURE THE WEEKEND STAR - STEPHANIE LYEW STAR Writer

Stand­ing at six feet six inches, it is not easy to ig­nore the pres­ence of en­ter­tainer Sten­nett ‘Spot­light’ Har­ris when he stands be­side his other half, Char­maine Mun­roe, more pop­u­larly known as ‘Macka Di­a­mond’. Some per­sons might even recog­nise Spot­light from Macka Di­a­mond’s mu­sic video Bun Him in 2006. “The two of us be­came fa­mil­iar with each other through the stu­dio life, see­ing each other in stu­dio un­til we start talk, and she asked if I wanted to play a role in the video for Bun Him,” Spot­light told THE WEEK­END STAR. “We be­came friends and kept in touch. She would visit New York, where I am based, and hit me up, or when I trav­elled home I would hit her up.” In Man­hat­tan, New York, the en­ter­tainer op­er­ated the Spot­light Restau­rant and also es­tab­lished a li­mou­sine ser­vice. How­ever, he is now fo­cused on mu­sic.

Spot­light ex­plained that he and Macka Di­a­mond have a gen­uine friend­ship, one that has sur­vived many changes in their lives.

“If it’s one thing my mother taught me is try to know who you’re be­ing friends with or be­com­ing in­volved with be­fore you pour out your­self. A lot of peo­ple pre­tend to be A and they know they are Z,” said Spot­light.

He said that although Macka Di­a­mond would run jokes on so­cial me­dia that he was her hus­band, they only de­cided to take their friend­ship to the level of a re­la­tion­ship this year af­ter much spec­u­la­tion that the record­ing artistes were in a love tri­an­gle with Spot­light’s fi­ancée at the time. These days, the two spend a lot of time trav­el­ling, but they are hardly ever apart. “The longest time we spend apart is prob­a­bly two weeks, and me keep it bal­ance by do­ing a lot of video call­ing, talk to her as of­ten as pos­si­ble, and if any­thing, she’s just a ticket away,” he told THE WEEK­END STAR.

On the heels of Macka Di­a­mond’s al­bum re­lease, Spot­light can­not wait for their fans to hear the full pro­duc­tion. For the project, they col­lab­o­rated on two songs, Prove It and Tight Shoes.

“We en­cour­age each other in ev­ery way,” he said. “I love the song GPS. I tell her say that’s go­ing to be her di­a­mond-sell­ing song.”

Spot­light is also plan­ning the re­lease his self-pro­duced sin­gle, Black & Poor, next month on his la­bel Bright Mu­sic. Some of his pre­vi­ous work in­cludes Guin­ness, on the ‘Storm’ rhythm (pro­duced by Ch­ester Walker in 1999) that was used in a lo­cal Guin­ness ad cam­paign, as well as re­cent tracks like King and Queen and An­nie.

STEPHANIE LYEW PHOTO

Sten­nett Har­ris, also known as ‘Spot­light’.

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