Carla Marshal

b. Kingston, Jamaica, although she grew up in Toronto, Canada, when her mother emigrated. Inspired by Sister Nancy’s rendition of ‘No Borrow, No Lend’ in the mid-80s, Marshall began her quest as…
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b. Kingston, Jamaica, although she grew up in Toronto, Canada, when her mother emigrated. Inspired by Sister Nancy’s rendition of ‘No Borrow, No Lend’ in the mid-80s, Marshall began her quest as a contender for the crown of the queen of the DJs. A notable recording, ‘Champion’, was also her biggest hit when released on Sly And Robbie’s Fourth And Broadway outlet. By 1995 she had worked with Diana King who had an international hit with ‘Shy Guy’, although her own career came first. In the winter of 1995 she released ‘Puny Puny’ for Columbia Records, with little impact. Undeterred, the record company followed it with her version of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’ (co-written with author David Ritz). Marshall has as yet been unable to equal the success of other female dancehall DJs, although by 1996, her reputation had grown internationally and her debut album was issued.