January 14, 2009
Artistes need to unite and stop the bad vibes with each other
Dancehall's top female entertainer, Lady Saw, is making an urgent appeal to all her colleagues in the business to start uniting and stop the bad vibes that will only lead to the fueling of negativity in the society.
The undisputed 'first lady' or should we say 'muma' of the dancehall, says she has been doing a lot of reflecting and does not want to be remembered for the negative part of her entertainment life, but for her humanitarian deeds and positive influence she can impart on the now generation.
"I just want all of the artistes to come together and stop the bad vibes with each other. The business we are in is one that attracts a lot of attention and it is up to us to send the right message to the listening ears," Lady Saw shared.
Pointing out that she was not speaking as Lady Saw but Marion Hall, the female DJ said, "Some of us artistes need to take a good look at what Shaggy and all the other artistes are doing to make a difference in the lives of unfortunate people. In all my years I have never heard Shaggy in a quarrel with an artiste. Why can't other artistes take a page from his book?"
"As for my female colleagues who want to be confrontational, it not going to do no good for unnu career. When yuh run out of lyrics and people to trace, in a matter of no time your faces will disappear off flyers, your voices will be silenced and unnu never live to fulfill unnu dreams of reaching international stardom," Saw said.
The female DJ said that it was not that opportunities were not there for the females, but they lack the staying power and resilience to keep their careers going. "Mi want money but at what cost? I don't want a promoter or producer to only draw for me because I have a good counteraction song. I want to be like a programmed bug always in the minds of people, so that they can draw for me for any occasion," she said.
When asked about her recent performance at the Shaggy & Friend's Charity show, she said, "Oh my God, it was a blessed event. I felt a sense of purpose knowing that I was contributing to a very worthy cause. You know, it was like something celestial overcame me during my performance and every word that came out of my mouth was like giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation when I looked and saw how happy all the participating entertainers and the people in the audience were. I give thanks to God for Shaggy and his brilliant idea and am very glad to have been a part of such a worthy cause."
Lady Saw's resolution for the New Year and beyond is to help foster unity among her peers, to play her part in helping the less fortunate, use her talent to enhance and uplift others and most of all, to remember where she is coming from and the Father who made it all possible.
"Jamaica people, mi love unnu. Mi colleagues in the business, please mi a beg unnu meck wi work towards some positive changes in the business. Di bad mouthing, tearing down, grudgeful and bad mindedness of each other not going to get unnu anywhere," the first lady said.