Lady Saw

Lady Saw (born Marion Hall, 12 July 1968, Galina, Saint Mary, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae singer, known as the queen of dancehall. Hall began performing with local sound systems at the age of fifteen. She went on to work with the Stereo One system in Kingston. Her performances brought her to the attention of record producers and she recorded her first single for producer Piper, and "Love Me or Lef Me", produced by Olive Shaw received significant airplay. She had her first hit with "If Him Lef" and she topped the Jamaican charts with "Good Man". She soon became known for her slack style, with songs such as "Stab Up De Meat". Her performances were banned in some parts of Jamaica, though equally lewd male performances were not. This prompted her to record "Freedom of Speech" in protest. She enjoyed a big hit in Jamaica with "Hardcore" in 1985, and followed it with "Welding Torch." She also recorded "Condom," warning girls of the dangers of unprotected heterosexual sex. She recorded duets with several other major stars, including Beenie Man, Luciano, Dennis Brown, Bounty Killer and Beres Hammond. By the mid-1990s she had moved towards "conscious" lyrics.


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