Natasja Saad (October 31, 1974 - June 24, 2007), also known as Dou T', Little T and Natasja, was a Danish rapper and reggae singer. While already relatively successful in her native Denmark, her vocals on a popular reggae fusion remix of "Calabria" gained her worldwide fame and a number one spot on Billboard 's Hot Dance Airplay chart six months after her death in a car accident.
Early life and career:
Saad, the daughter of Danish photographer Kirstine Saad, and a Sudanese father, started singing and DJ'ing at the age of 13 in Copenhagen, where she performed live with Miss Mukupa and McEmzee in the band, No Name Requested. During that period, she also performed along with Queen Latifah and gained popularity in Jamaica. In 1998, while in training to become a professional jockey, she fell off her horse. This slowed her career. Natasja later became the first female jockey to win a horse race in Sudan. In 2006 Natasja Won the Big Break at Irie Fm which gave her a new start and a big boost in her music career.
Natasja died on June 24, 2007, in a car accident in Spanish Town, Saint Catherine, Jamaica. Two other passengers were critically injured, but Saad's friend, Danish singer Karen Mukupa, suffered only minor injuries. She and the other injured persons were rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital where the singer was pronounced dead.
The accident was perceived as a particularly big loss for Denmark's music and entertainment world, because she still stood before a career that despite earlier setbacks, appeared more than ever on the rise.
Natasja is buried at Assistens Kirkegård, Copenhagen's cemetery for artistic and pioneering personalities, which, aside from hosting H.C. Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard and physicist Niels Bohr, is also gradually becoming a resting place for more recent stars of the 21st century.
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