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Lady G
By Lady Zimma & Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
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Janice Fyffe has managed to attain her position as one of the top female DJs over the past decade and a half. She originally started out as a singer under the name of Sister Janet but was advised by a friend that the name was too complicated to call so she decided on, Lady G. The 'G' takes on a lot of meanings and when you meet her you'll understand why she switches between Gorgeous, Genius and Goddess.

Lady G was born and raised in St Catherine, Spanish Town, Jamaica in the same area as her good friend and fellow DJ, Papa San. Papa San used to sit and write lyrics and he was the one that helped Lady G along with her song writing. They used to hold their own concerts with Papa San DJing and Lady G singing.

There was a transition from singing to DJing for Lady G and she began to model her DJing style on Sister Nancy. She now has her own style but cites Sister Nancy and Lady Ann as being inspirational in her career.

Lady G performed at school concerts and got noticed back in 1983 at a street Independence dance. Her DJing skills got her introduced by friends to the Black Scorpio sound system and this lead to Lady G DJing in live sessions with the sound. This experience became invaluable when performing on the stages of Sting, Sunsplash, Sumfest and the Bob Marley Festival.

Papa San and Lady G released a few tunes together for which the comical 'Round Table Talk' was probably their most memorable collaboration. This partnership might not have come to an end had it not been for the fact that Papa San changed his musical direction and decided to take the Gospel road.

Lady G thinks that the Dancehall business can be a difficult place to work in for the ladies. She states, "We have to be more strong headed and more forceful. If you're not that strong and forceful you might get fallen by the wayside".

Gussie Clarke put out Lady G's 'Nuff Respect' album with only a little promotion and Lady G believes it didn't get the justice it deserved. She also released the 'God Daughter' album back in 1995. Lady G's 'Man A Bad Man' tune was featured on the movie soundtrack of the Jamaican film 'Third World Cop'.

Funnily enough although Lady G has been regularly contributing to Reggae music over the years, her biggest hit to date has been alongside Crissy D with the massive Garage hit 'Girls Like Us' for Oracabessa Records. 'Girls Like Us' peaked at the No5 position in the UK pop charts. Lady G believes it's a good idea for Jamaican artists to DJ over other music other than Reggae but she hates "to hear a Jamaican artist trying to rap like an American, I hate that. It sounds real stupid to me". She also says, "I think we need to create more and take time out to write a proper song before you record it. Now it's like a bombrush ting".

Lady G has also worked alongside Sugar Minott, Anthony Red Rose and Barrington Levy and has had her music produced by Main Street, Gussie Clarke and most recently In Da Streetz. She has performed in Japan, Switzerland, England, America and the Caribbean islands of St Croix, Bahamas, Bermuda and Grand Cayman and she hopes to circulate on the European scene.

To stay in the spotlight of the every changing industry is no mean feat but Lady G has managed this by being herself. As she put it, "I'm not trying to pretend, I'm not trying to change my style or to impress anyone and people just accept me for who I am".

Lady G's favourite artists are Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Barrington Levy and she still holds Papa San in high esteem and her DJ of the moment is Beenie Man. For the future Lady G hopes to have her own studio where she can work on production for herself and other talented artists and live a peaceful and quiet life.

She sent out a message to her fans, "I just want to let my fans know that I'm just trying to reload and come again. Whenever time they don't hear any new songs out there for Lady G I'm still writing and recording songs".

If you are interested in booking Lady G then contact Murray on 876 929 1194.

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