Cocktails With... Lady Saw and Eve
They've earned our respect over the years through music, making their mark on the world as talented, no-nonsense divas, excelling in a world dominated by men. Shared values and attitudes brought them together as friends, inspiring musical collaborations and many treasured moments.
The two share laughs and an obviously comfortable rapport as they sip on bubbly inside the VIP tent ahead of the show.
We're sharing cocktails at the EME Awards with The Rock's Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw, and rapper-cum-actress-cum fashion designer, Eve...
What are you sipping?
Eve: When I'm out and ready to have a good time, champagne is always the drink of choice.
Lady Saw: I'm a wine person, I'll have red, I'll have white, and it doesn't take a lot to get me drunk. (laughs)
How did you become friends?
Lady Saw: We're friends and fans, I've been loving her forever cause she's the baddest chick... I can't even remember how long it's been. She's such a good girl and she's always there for me, we have no problems at all. If I say Eve, let's collaborate on a single or perform together on a show, she's ready.
Eve: That's right. It's the same way for me. I've been loving Lady Saw forever in terms of music and attitude. I think we met at a show in 1999, and I was like 'Lady Saw! I love you!' and she was like 'I love you too!' and that was it. I think Lady Saw represents just a strong, black independent woman and I'd always admired her. We've been friends ever since.
Lady Saw: Remember that time when we did that Fully Loaded show? (They exchange knowing glances and laughter)
Eve: Yeah girl, that was hot!
What kind of day are you having?
Lady Saw: It's been a good day, very busy, but I've had some time to relax just the same, and get pampered.
Eve: Yeah, we had sound check, we got our hair done and we've been rehearsing a lot for the show tonight. I'm loving my time in Jamaica though.
Socialite or homebody?
Eve: A bit of both, it depends on the day. Sometimes you wanna go out and have fun and at other times you need to relax and just escape, and I enjoy both.
Lady Saw: I love to stay home and chill... I love to read, so I buy many books, especially books written by black authors. Those stories are usually very deep and engaging, and at times they remind me of my own life before I became Lady Saw.
Jeans or LBD?
Eve: Oh... that's a tough one, it depends on the day and the occasion. I like both.
Lady Saw: Definitely LBD! Gotta show off my hotness (laughs).
Who or what inspires you?
Lady Saw: Well, at first as an entertainer it used to be Tenor Saw, I tried to emulate him until I found my own style. My mother has always inspired me, always waan get rich so me can lift her out of struggle. But mostly, I inspire myself. I work very hard and every time I achieve something, it drives me to achieve more.
Eve: Definitely my mom, she's always been so strong and such a good role model for me. And just life in general, and the results of my hard work.
Who does your hair and nails?
Eve: Well, today this Jamaican girl named Carol hooked up my hair and nails... she's pretty good, wicked. I don't remember where she's from though.
Lady Saw: Lisa in Central Plaza is my girl, she recommended me to someone else for the EMEs and I forgot the name but I love Lisa, she's responsible for all my great hairstyles. My nail technician is Nicky from Jack Ruby Plaza in Ocho Rios, she's excellent. When I'm in Kingston I try different places.
What's in your handbag?
Eve: Well, I don't have one right now. My phone, lipgloss etc are in my assistant's bag.
Lady Saw: The usual things, you know: car keys, make-up, what every girl has in her handbag. (laughs)
What's your ideal relaxation spot?
Lady Saw: Ocho Rios, I love it when the birds wake me up in the morning, it's just so calming.
Eve: Hmm, that's a bit hard. I LOVE London, Paris and Jamaica... my second home. I'm gonna be here a lot more often these days.
What's your idea of the perfect date?
Eve: I don't like dates, that word just makes things too heavy and awkward. It's much easier when people just go out and have fun.
Lady Saw: Me neither; dates are not really my thing, unless my man is trying to make up with me... you know, frien' me up when he does wrong. Then I love it! (laughs)
What's your idea of the perfect man?
Eve: One that is real, makes me laugh, makes me feel comfortable, who is strong and honest. Those are the core things for me.
Lady Saw: Everything she said... plus great in bed (laughs).
Eve: Oh yeah, definitely that! (laughs).
What's your latest obsession?
Eve: Fashion and food. Those are my greatest loves right now.
Lady Saw: Clothes, shoes and music is always there. I like food a lot too, and to just relax... I treasure that.
What projects are you currently working on?
Lady Saw: Well I'm working on my Marion Hall album right now and also recording with fellow artistes. There are also a few new beats to be released on my label, Divas Records, and I have some new artistes that I'm working with for that as well.
Eve: I'm also working on my new album that will come out hopefully in September, and I'm really excited about that. I also can't wait to perform tonight and to see what the EMEs will bring.
Lady Saw: Mad tings, man! You done know. (laughs)