Hours after seeing promising dancehall singjay, J Capri being laid to rest during an emotional funeral on Monday, the Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw has finally decided to complete her spiritual transformation, opting to be baptised and essentially closing the book on her esteemed dancehall career.
The baptism took place Monday evening at Emmanuel Apostolic Church on Slipe Road in Kingston and was captured on video. After the baptism, Lady Saw posted a picture of her baptism certificate on Instagram, saying,“This is the best award I’ve ever received,” she said, adding “I’m now asking all of you all over the world who’s been texting emailing phoning what’s happening.”
She added, “Please give me some time to understand what God wants me to do next please. I know u want me all over the world but please wait please.”
Monday’s funeral, streamed by the Jamaica Gleaner and various websites, was attended by several Jamaican entertainment heavy hitters,. including Saw, Romain Virgo, Chris Martin, Spice, D’Angel,Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett and a slew of others. Various members of her family were also at the funeral, with J Capri’s parents inconsolable throughout the funeral, which saw artists such as Alaine, Cherine Anderson and others perform in her honour (Watch highlights of the funeral here)
Saw, who previously met J Capri before a show, was visibly shaken during the service and once it ended, decided she would give her life to the Lord, years after signalling her intentions to make the move.
The 42-year-old Grammy-winning deejay, whose given name is Marion Hall, said God ‘spoke’ to her at the funeral and announced she would be cancelling any prior dancehall shows she planned to work.
The move was met with mass support and skepticism considering her past declarations that she was leaving dancehall for a higher calling.
Lady Saw is known for several smash hits over her two-plus decades in the music industry such as Chat To Mi Back, I’ve Got Your Man, Sycamore Tree and Heels On and won a Grammy in 2002 for her feature on No Doubt’s single, Underneath It All.