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Meet the female MCs bringing 'gyal power' to dancehall | Music | The Guardian

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The Jamaican-born genre has traditionally always been associated with big-name male performers – from Beenie Man to Sean Paul – the popular presumption being that, like hip-hop and rock, dancehall is a man's world. However, a new compilation put together by UK soundsystem Heatwave aims to redress the balance. Gyal Power brilliantly repositions female performers as an important voice in the world of dancehall. Lady Saw, Macka Diamond and Ce'Cile, it insists, are as powerful a presence as Elephant Man, Mavado and Tommy Lee.

They may not have racked up the multi-platinum albums of their male counterparts, these women's achievements shouldn't be overlooked. Dawn Penn – though not strictly a dancehall artist – appears on Gyal Power with her No 3 smash No, No, No, as do Louchie Lou and Michie One, famous for their cover of Lulu and The Isley Brother's Shout. There's also the amazing Patra, known for teaching the world how to butterfly as well as her slow-grind cover of Grace Jones's Pull Up to the Bumper. There are newer names too, such as Natalie Storm, O, Spice and British MCs Lady Chann, RoxXxan and Stush. In fact, over the course of the hour-long mix, there are 49 different female performers,reggae from Amy Winehouse and remixes of Adele by Jamie xx and Heatwave.

I love No No No!

The cover of Shout is also quite good.

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