Lady G and daughter Malii join forces

by Apr 4, 2022News

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Mother & Daughter Educate

With nearly 40 years in the music business to her name, Lady G has earned the stripes she demanded in Nuff Respect, her 1988 breakthrough song.

The veteran deejay ventures into new territory with No Mis-education, a dancehall/rock take on ‘Another Brick in The Wall (Pt. 2)”, the classic Pink Floyd song from 1979.

No Mis-education is scheduled for release on May 7 which is Lady G’s birthday. It is produced by Indie Rootz Records, an independent company based in Montreal, Canada.

That label’s principals are Canadian Brian Kotler and Jamaican Garnett “Bobby” Pottinger. The latter, who played all instruments on the song, is from Spanish Town like Lady G.

Kotler, a big Pink Floyd fan, came up with the idea to ‘Jamaicanise’ “Another Brick in The Wall (Pt. 2)”. Lady G was up for it and brought her daughter Malii in to sing the original’s memorable hook.

“For this song, we had to make it different than the original because you can’t outplay someone else’s song. The message is still there and Lady G added some of her own masterful lyrics to give the original justice,” Kotler explained.

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Malii, who is also the daughter of Barrington Levy, makes her debut on No Mis-education. She was born 20 years after Pink Floyd released “Another Brick”, a powerful statement against the British education system, written by Roger Waters, the band’s bassist and lead singer.

“It was Lady G who suggested that her daughter Malii do the song with her. And it was the perfect choice. It also proved that great lyrics could be related to by this generation,” said Kotler.

He and Pottinger launched Indie Rootz Records in 2011. It has recorded songs with Lady G and other Jamaican acts like Autarchii, but in recent years has expanded into blues, Rhythm And Blues, rock and soca.

Lady G was among the rush of female toasters who emerged during the late 1980s, alongside Sister Charmaine, Shelly Thunder, and Lady Mackerel (now Macka Diamond).

Nuff Respect, produced by Gussie Clarke, was the dancehall version of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”. Released when hardcore deejays like Shabba Ranks and Ninja man ruled the roost, the defiant song became an anthem and made her a star.

Indie Rootz Records have thrown the full weight of their promotion behind No Mis-education which according to Kotler, “We didn’t want to be just a cover song.” A video is expected to be out before the single is released.

Lady G photo courtesy of Bull-Doser. Public Domain – Cropped from original

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