Saw promises fiery Reggae Sumfest set

30 Minutes of fire

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter

Saturday, June 27, 2015

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HIGH-RIDING deejay Lady Saw is brimming with excitement as she looks to create history becoming the first female artiste to close a major reggae show.

The artiste is set to bring the curtains down on Dancehall Night of Reggae Sumfest on July 16 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

"I am so excited about this. It will be a magical night. Don't expect the jazz and blues type of thing. It's not a beauty contest, so no extra costume change. It will be the Lady Saw you have come to know and love over the years. I'm gonna be very aggressive and bring back the true thing to dancehall," she told the Jamaica Observer yesterday, prior to boarding a flight to Grenada where she will be performing this weekend.

According to the deejay, whose given name is Marion Hall, it was she who put the proposal to the promoters of the reggae festival, after turning down their offer to close last year.

"I suggest it to them and they were all so excited, but they had to run it by the board. They were so excited when they came back to me to let me know it was approved by the board. This is just great for me as a woman and for all the women out there, I just want to show them that it's possible. Just to break down the barriers and continue opening doors. It's a big cake out there and we can all take our share we just have to put in the work and gain the respect of the people," she said.

Lady Saw, who turns 46 in July, shared that there are already detractors who question what she will bring to the table at Reggae Sumfest.

"People are saying, at my age I should give it up. I have done this all my life and I am still able to perform so why should I step aside. That is like saying to Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths that they should no longer perform... it makes no sense. I want my spot and will continue to work to keep it. I have spent years working before and after great artistes so I don't have a problem working any point in a show. All I need at Sumfest is 30 minutes... 30 minutes of fire and then leave," said Lady Saw.

For her Sumfest performance, Lady Saw has engaged Kurt Campbell, the winner of Season four of Mission Catwalk to create her attire for the event.

She is staying clear of the controversial spat with fellow female deejay Spice in Miami earlier this year, but states that she has been hurt too many times and has closed the door on any form of reconciliation with Spice.

"At this point of my life, I enjoy peace, love and tranquillity, and when I respond to these artistes I am always ashamed of myself. I fear no one in this business as I know what I am capable of lyrically, but I just want to be stress-free. The constant fighting just brings stress in my life. I just want to do me and that's what I'm about right now."

Following her Grenada performance, Lady Saw heads to the US where she has gigs in Atlanta and the Washington DC area. She then returns to Jamaica for Sumfest and then it's back to the US for another suite of performances.

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