b. Jennifer Anthony, London, England. Jenna came to prominence as a founder member of the all-female Gold Label sound system in 1989. The women soon found fame and clashed with the ruling sound systems such as Gemi Magic, Sir Coxsone Outernational and Saxon. Jenna’s uncompromising DJ style and delivery earned her a huge following who likened her aggressive delivery to that of her male counterparts. Her notoriety led to a number of sessions with UK-based producers although most of her early recordings were dub plate specials. In 1992, she recorded, as Thriller Jenna, with Mad Professor who released her debut, Thrill Dem Wid It. This critically acclaimed album featured classic dancehall hits such as, ‘Schizophrenic’, ‘Wash Slackness’, ‘DJ Mama’, ‘Old Time Stylee’ and ‘Don’t Cry Mama’. International tours of Europe, USA and Jamaica followed, and Jenna’s success in Italy resulted in an appearance at the International Women’s Week festival three years in a row. While touring in her own right she also supported artists such as Burning Spear, U-Roy, Freddie McGregor, Sugar Minott, Pato Banton and Macka B. She also found the time to appear on numerous television and radio shows, making a notable appearance on the Young Gifted And Broke series performing ‘Trill Me’. In 1998, Jenna composed and performed three songs, ‘I Don’t Care’, ‘Action’ and ‘The Clash’ for the Channel 4 film company release, Baby Mother. While working on the film she formed an allegiance with the Status Crew who recorded and released ‘Trill Me’ in the year 2000. In the same year she also joined the Sista crew alongside, AbbaKush, Aisha, and Akabu whose combined performance was greeted with critical acclaim.
Share this page