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Lady Saw (born Marion Hall on 12 July 1972) is the stage name of Jamaican reggae artist, known as “the First Lady of Dancehall”. She is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award and to be certified a triple -platinum artist. She is also the first woman to headline dancehall shows outside her native Jamaica.

Marion Hall was born in the summer of 1972 in Galina, parish of Saint Mary. As a child she was a tomboy, sold fruits, and raced wooden karts. At the age of 15, she took the name Lady Saw after the famous Jamaican Deejay Tenor Saw, whose style she was said to emulate. She quit a sewing job at The Free Zone on the outskirts of Kingston;“That job wasn’t for me”, she says. “I would deejay at work during the day.” to pursue music fulltime. She was soon signed to the then small Jamaican label VP Records (now a major label for many reggae artists). She debuted in 1994 with “Lover Girl”. She was a guest vocalist on the Jermaine Fagan track, “Life” and it was this track that brought her vocals to the attention of a wider audience.

Hall is mother to three adopted children, two sons and one daughter.She touches on the issue in the lyrics of “No Less Than a Woman (Infertility)”, a song from her 2007 album “Walk Out”.

Lady Saw’s first success began at the beginning of the 1990s. While lyrics about guns and masculine themes dominated the dancehalls of West Kingston, she sang sexually explicit lyrics, known as “slackness”, from her perspective as a female.

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