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|Birth name||Lionel Augustus Martin|
|Also known as||"Saxa"|
|Born||5 January 1930|
|Origin||Croft's Hill, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica (then a colony of the United Kingdom)|
|Died||3 May 2017(aged 87)|
|Labels||Independent, London, Arista|
|Associated acts||The Beat, The International Beat|
Saxa (born Lionel Augustus Martin; 5 January 1930 – 3 May 2017) was a Jamaican saxophonist famous for having performed with the British ska band The Beat. Born in Croft's Hill, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica (then a colony of the United Kingdom), he moved to the UK in 1960, living in London for 18 months before settling in Birmingham. He played with many early ska and reggae stars such as Laurel Aitken, Prince Buster and Desmond Dekker.
After the original incarnation of the Beat disbanded, he played in The International Beat with musicians Tony Beet, Everett Morton and Mickey Billingham from 1990 to 1995. Following this, he retired to Birmingham. He died on 3 May 2017, aged 87.