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SISTERS IN DUB - SISTER CAROL & SISTER NANCY

SISTERS IN DUB - SISTER CAROL & SISTER NANCY

 

SISTER CAROL & SISTER NANCY – TOURING WITH A SELECTOR DANCEHALL STYLE - PERFORMED ON THE OROVILLE ROCK REGGAE JAMFEST - AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER 2016  

 

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Sister Carol and Sister Nancy are two of the most talented, hardest working female artists in the reggae arena. The two of them performed together with a selector dancehall style at the Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest in July 2016. This performance prompted fans to request the two artists tour together this way.

Sister Carol has been working the front line for over thirty years. Her latest album Live No Evil, released in January 2014, is considered to be some of her best recording work to date. Some of the top songs on the album are The Prayer, Servitude, Muma N Pickney and Serendipity. August 2011 she released a CD entitled Togetherness - Sister Carol & Friends. This album features collaborations with Sister Carol and Brigadier Jerry, Bunny Banton, Judy Mowatt, Buju Banton, Sugar Minott, Johnny Osbourne, Shinehead, Sister Nancy and other artists.

Sister Carol’s music is rich with cultural values and social consciousness. Over the years she has been a top featured artist on many festivals. Sister Carol is exceptionally talented on the mic and she is also mindful of the importance of her influence as an example to her listeners. She stands as a singer upholding love, truth and rights.

Her music career has produced twelve albums, continuous tours and spot dates and numerous network television appearances. Her music carries a social message. Sister Carol is a modern reviver of the faith.

Sister Nancy’s real name is Ophlin Russell. She was born on January 2, 1962. Sister Nancy is known to the world as the first female dancehall DJ and was described as being a "dominating female voice for over two decades" on the dancehall scene. One of her most famous songs is Bam Bam, labeled as a "well-known reggae anthem" by BBC and a "classic" by The Observer.

Born in Kingston Jamaica, Sister Nancy was one of 15 siblings. Her elder brother Brigadier Jerry became a very successful cultural DJ. By her mid-teens, Sister Nancy would occasionally perform on the Twelve Tribes of Israel soundsystem Jahlovemuzik that she worked with, and she worked for three years on the Stereophonic sound system with General Echo. In 1980, producer Winston Riley was the first to take her into the studio, resulting in her first single, Papa Dean for his Techniques label. Sister Nancy went on to perform at Reggae Sunsplash making her the first female deejay ever to perform there, and she is also the first female Jamaican deejay to tour internationally. She had further success with singles such as One Two, Money Can't Buy Me Love, Transport Connection and Bam Bam. Her debut album, One Two was released in 1982. She went on to work with producer Henry Junjo Lawes, recording A No Any Man Can Test Sister Nancy, Bang Belly, and a collaboration with Yellowman, Jah Mek Us Fe A Purpose. She continued to appear live, sometimes on Jahlove Music with her brother. The sound system toured internationally, with both Sister Nancy and Brigadier Jerry making their debut UK performances at the Brixton Town Hall in London in 1982.

In 1996 she relocated to New Jersey. In an interview with The Jamaica Observer in 2002, Sister Nancy said that although she was working in the banking sector, that "music is her first love" and said she still performs "every now and then". She explained that her absence from the recording scene was due to her wanting to "give other female artists a chance", though she said she was still "as ready as the first day she came into the business". The Observer cited Sister Nancy as a role model for a successive generation of female acts, including Lady Saw, Sister Carol, Macka Diamond, Lady G, Shelly Thunder, Carla Marshall, Lorna G, Lady English, and Lady P.

In 2007, Sister Nancy released the second of her two albums, Sister Nancy Meets Fireproof, produced by djMush1, formerly of the Slackers (NYC Ska) on Special Potato Records. The album was distributed by Jammyland Records in New York, NY.

BIOGRAPHY: SISTER CAROL

Sister Carol was born Carol Theresa East, January 15 1959 in Kingston Jamaica. She is also known as the “Black Cinderella” and “Mother Culture”. She is a Grammy nominated singer, DJ, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, educator and humanitarian.

Her odyssey began in the ghetto of Denham Town, Kingston in the midst of the exploding Jamaican music scene and has grown to become one of Jamaica’s top entertainers and a Global Icon. Her formative years were spent at St Anne’s Primary School and Mico-Practicing All-Age School. Her father Howard East was a senior engineer who dedicated his life, to his career at RJR (Radio Jamaica Rediffusion), the number one radio station during that time. He was also a very important part of the Studio One and Treasure Isle sound.

He regularly participated in sessions with the legendary “Clement Coxsone Dodd.” These early influences not only left an indelible mark on her heart, but also drew her closer to the infusion of the music industry. In 1973, at the age of 14 her family immigrated to Brooklyn NY. The thriving dancehall scene of New York City led this young rising star to a path that would acknowledge her talents with multiple awards, television appearances, sold out concerts and movies 

Following in the footsteps of her mentor and friend DJ Brigadier Jerry, her musical career began after winning talent contests in both Kingston and New York. Sister Carol was offered an opening slot for one of Jamaica’s finest vocal trios, The Meditations who had been the harmony backup vocals for Bob Marley. 
This opportunity opened the door for her to record her first two records “Liberation for Africa” on the Serious Gold Label 1983 and “Black Cinderella” on Jah Life Label 1984, bringing her greatest talents, personality and vibe to a wider audience establishing herself firmly in the dancehall/DJ movement. During this time she dominated the music scene winning the coveted “Best Female DJ” for 5 consecutive years from 1983 – 1987. With these accolades behind her, in 1989 she established her own “Black Cinderella Record Label”. 
In the midst of her success as an artist she continued to pursue an education attending City College of New York where she obtained a B.Sc. degree in education in 1984. 
A true testament of her resilient spirit and energy spans nearly three decades in a male dominated industry, Sister Carol is a trailblazer for women in reggae. Her music carries a social message for people all over the world. Her message is rich with cultural heritage and infused with a vital social consciousness that permeates every aspect of life in the new millennium. (Hence her title as “Mother Culture”) 
She has maintained a loyal fan base across the globe from Kingston – to Queens, Ethiopia to England, Detroit, Denver, East coast to West coast - Sister Carol reigns as the Queen of Reggae. Her prolific music career includes over 12 albums, a Grammy nomination for “Best Reggae Album” in 1997, “Most Outstanding Reggae Artist” two consecutive years 1997 and 1998, and “Queen of Reggae” in 2000 in Detroit Michigan, New York City Council Proclamation celebrating Jamaica’s 39th year of independence and honoring Jamaicans in New York for outstanding cultural contribution to life in the city of New York in 2001, Institute of Caribbean Studies Wash. DC – “Cultural Heritage Award for Excellence in Music” in 2004, “Lifetime Achievement” in 2008 in Columbus Ohio, “Roots Women in Reggae” 2009 and others. A showcase of Sister Carol’s greatest achievements includes: 2001 the release of “All I Have Is Love"/Tribute TO Studio One on the Easy Star/Black Cinderella/Napticorn label and recording her first live CD "Direct Hit" for release on the Catapult/ Black Cinderella label. 
In 2003 she released "Empressive"cd on the "Black Cinderella label” which was also released in France on the m10 label the following year. In 2004- 2005 she toured France, New Caledonia, West Africa and USA promoting her “Empressive” cd. 
In 2006 she celebrated her “Silver Jubilee” as a solo artist releasing a new CD/DVD "1Derful Words” on the Black Cinderella label. In 2007 she recorded a single titled "Dancing Shoes" with Bunny Wailer a former band member of Bob Marley and the Wailers. 
With numerous interviews in mainstream media and has been a guest twice on NBC’s David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien,New York at Nite with Clint Holmes WORT.V., VH1 with Nile Rodgers, Good Morning America with Bryant Gumbel as well as earning praises in the print media such as Billboard, The Village Voice and many others. She was the familiar voice behind NBCTV Night Music with Jools Holland and David Sanborn as the MC. In 1999 Tuff Gong, the label started by reggae icon Bob Marley release Sister Carol’s Isis the Original Womb-man. 
Beyond her music career she burst on the silver screen in 1986 in her first feature film “Something Wild” with Melaine Griffths and Jeff Daniels followed by “Married to the Mob” with Michelle Pfeiffer, Dean Sockwell and Matthew Modine in 1988 and most recently Oscar nominated “Rachel Getting Married” with Anne Hathaway. All three movies directed by the awarding Director Jonathan Demme. 
As well as an amazing professional career her personal life stands firm. She has been married for over two decades and is a dedicated mother of four and a dotting grandmother of six, her true pride and joy. 
On the Horizon - Sister Carol continues her entrepreneurial spirit - with her “Black Cinderella” clothing line with a CD produced by Glen Adams of Hippie Boys and Wailers fame and a duet cd of collaboration with many other artiste in the works for release soon. Sister Carol also appears in the soon to be released Bob Marley documentary “Stay with the rhythm”. Sister Carol is a Warrior Queen and a true Renaissance woman who continues to tour the world and teach her message in her musical classrooms. The majestical vibrations continue.

A Life of Significance - Chatting with Charles
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