Scion Sashay Success

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b. George Narcisse, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Sashay’s background remains a mystery although he has clearly stated that Scion should be pronounced Skee-On. In 1983, having relocated to the USA,…
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b. George Narcisse, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Sashay’s background remains a mystery although he has clearly stated that Scion should be pronounced Skee-On. In 1983, having relocated to the USA, the singer began his career in the New York dancehall scene. Jah Life was impressed after witnessing an early performance and enrolled the artist to record at his studio. With Jah Life he produced the dancehall hits, ‘Can’t Leave Jah Alone’ and ‘Dancehall Queen’ in the prevailing ‘discomix’ style. The songs proved successful in US specialist charts and Sashay maintained his profile with the follow-up, ‘Put It On, Take It Off’. In 1984, the singer accompanied Tenor Saw, Barrington Levy and Supercat on an international tour. The showcase resulted in Sashay being acclaimed in the UK by the music magazine Black Echoes at their annual awards ceremony. Hailed as Best New Artist he established further kudos in Europe with the release of his self-titled debut particularly noted for the dancehall anthem ‘Sound Bwoy Fall’.

Sashay maintained a low profile through to the millennium. His independent stance resulted in the formation of his own label, San Salvage, where in addition to releasing his own work he produced up-and-coming performers. His debut was a re-release of ‘Can’t Leave Jah Alone’, that was coupled with his production of ‘I Still Love You’ by Terence Smith. He also released his second album, 1991’s In The Balance, which resulted in him being hailed as ‘New York’s Reggae Ambassador’. His ‘success’ appellation may have been a little altruistic but through the support of his devotees he is widely considered as a key player in the New York dancehall scene.