Saxa (musician)

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Lionel Martin
Birth name Lionel Augustus Martin
Also known as "Saxa"
Born (1930-01-05) January 5, 1930 (age 85)
Origin Croft's Hill, Jamaica (then a colony of the United Kingdom)
Genres Ska
Occupation(s) Musician
Labels Independent, London, Arista
Associated acts The Beat, The International Beat
Notable instruments
tenor saxophone

Saxa (born Lionel Augustus Martin January 5, 1930) is a saxophonist famous for having performed with the British ska band The Beat. He has also played with many early ska and reggae stars such as Laurel Aitken, Prince Buster, and Desmond Dekker.[1][2]

He was born in Croft's Hill, Jamaica.

From 1990 to 1995, Saxa played in The International Beat with musicians Tony Beet, Everett Morton and Mickey Billingham.

He is now retired[3] and lives in Birmingham.


  1. ^ Chris Woodstra The English Beat Allmusic
  2. ^ English Beat, The Biography
  3. ^ Simpson, Dave (2009-03-17). "The Beat". The Guardian. p. 36. Retrieved 2009-04-04.