b. Barbara Anne Smith, 3 March 1961, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. In the late 70s a new wave of DJs including Charlie Chaplin, Josie Wales and Brigadier Jerry were plying their trade in the dancehalls. The number of female performers in the same area was small, and when they rendered a chant it was mainly in a supporting role, as in Liza’s assistance to Papa Kojak. The situation was rectified when Sister Nancy began performing, and ushered in a new dimension to dancehall entertainment. Lady Anne was one of the first, alongside Nancy, who won the support of the crowds and her popularity led to studio sessions. Lady Anne’s debut was with Roots Tradition, where she recorded an answer to ‘Shine Eye Gal’ as ‘Shine Eye Boy’. Other hits included ‘Take A Set’, ‘Heroes Connection’, ‘Talk Talk Talk’ and ‘Lady Anne You’re Sweet’, as well as combinations with Peter Metro (‘Bossanova’) and Steve Santana (‘Love Life’). She continued to record and appear on various sound systems and in 1982 her hit ‘Informer’, for Joe Gibbs, enjoyed a lengthy spell in the Jamaican Top 10. She was known for her cheerful disposition and sense of humour, but the song revealed another side of her character in her condemnation of ghetto informants. Plans for an international tour were thwarted owing to problems with the immigration authorities, and this undermined her chance of wider recognition. The trailblazing spirit of Nancy and Anne has since inspired many performers, including Sister Carol, Lady Shabba, Lady Saw, Lady G and Patra.
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