08/01/2021: “Sycamore Tree” by Lady Saw

Dancehall has often been a male dominated scene. That’s starting to change in a big way now, with many of the biggest stars now being women. In the 90s it was different.

There was Lady Saw, however. She’s just too talented to ignore.

And on a riddim like this, the famous ‘Joyride’, she’s unstoppable. It’s a relentless beat, rolling onwards like a tsunami.

The song is basically about how she won’t be pressured into doing anything she doesn’t want to do, more or less. Even if you don’t understand patois, you’ll doubtless get the gist of it…

The song was released in 1996 on Mad House records.