Saxa (musician)

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Lionel Martin
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(2017-05-03) (aged 87)
Genres Ska
Occupation(s) Musician
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. He also played with many early ska and reggae stars such as Laurel Aitken, Prince Buster and Desmond Dekker.[1][2] He moved to the UK in 1960, living in London for 18 months before moving and settling in Birmingham.

Born in Croft's Hill, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica (then a colony of the United Kingdom), from 1990 to 1995, he played in The International Beat with musicians Tony Beet, Everett Morton and Mickey Billingham. He retired and lived in Birmingham.[3] He died on 3 May 2017, aged 87.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chris Woodstra The English Beat Allmusic
  2. ^ Profile, musicianguide.com; accessed 4 May 2017.
  3. ^ Simpson, Dave (17 March 2009). "The Beat". The Guardian. p. 36. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Pearis, Bill (3 May 2017). "The English Beat saxophonist Saxa, RIP". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 7 May 2017.