Sister Carol

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Sister Carol
Sister Carol (2012)-2.jpg
Sister Carol performing in 2012
Background information
Birth name Carol Theresa East
Born (1959-01-15) 15 January 1959 (age 59)
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, dancehall
Years active 1984 – present
Labels RAS, Heartbeat, Black Cinderella
Website www.sistercarol.com

Carol Theresa East (born 15 January 1959, Kingston, Jamaica[1]), known by her stage name of Sister Carol, is a Jamaican-born American reggae recording artist and actress. She has used many other stage names, including Black Cinderella (also the name of her record label) and Mother Culture.

Biography[edit]

Originally from the Denham Town district of West Kingston, she was 14 when her family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.[2][3]

Her father Howard East was a Senior Engineer with Radio Jamaica and contributed to recording sessions as Studio One.[2] She became involved in the Jamaican music scene herself. She earned a degree in education from the City College of New York in 1981, the same year she gave birth to her first child. Around that time she met Brigadier Jerry, a Jamaican DJ, who encouraged her to try DJ chatting in Jamaican dancehall style, rather than singing.[2]

After winning competitions in New York and Jamaica, she toured with The Meditations. Her first album, Liberation for Africa, was released in 1983,[4] as a limited edition on the Jamaican SG label.[5] The 1984 album Black Cinderella[6] established her.[3] She formed her own record label, also called Black Cinderella.[2] Jah Disciple followed in 1989.[3]

East has appeared in the Jonathan Demme movies Something Wild (1986), Married to the Mob (1988), and Rachel Getting Married (2008).[3] Demme featured East's songs in Ricki and the Flash (2015).[2]

Personal life[edit]

In the 2000s she returned to Jamaica, living in St. Ann. Her daughter Nakeeba Amaniyea is also a deejay.[2]

Discography[edit]

  • Mother Culture (1981), RAS
  • Black Cinderella (1984), Jah Life
  • Jah Disciple (1989), RAS
  • Call Mi Sister Carol (1994), Heartbeat
  • Lyrically Potent (1996), Heartbeat
  • Potent Dub (1997), Heartbeat
  • Isis - The Original Rasta Womb-man (1999), Tuff Gong
  • Direct Hit! (2001), Catapult
  • Empressive (2003), M10
  • 1Derful Words (2006), Black Cinderella
  • Togetherness (2012) - Sister Carol & Friends
  • Live No Evil (2014), Black Cinderella

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keita Maeda, "The Excyclopedia of Reggae Musicians Part I : Dee-Jays", usask.ca; accessed 6 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Campbell-Livingston, Cecelia (2012) "Black Cinderella", Jamaica Observer, 17 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Campbell, Howard (2018) "Sister Carol: Roots Warrior", Jamaica Observer, 28 February 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018
  4. ^ "Sister Carol – Liberation for Africa" Archived 7 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine., roots-archives.com; accessed 6 June 2017.
  5. ^ SG music label at Roots Archives Archived 16 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine., roots-archives.com; accessed 6 June 2017.
  6. ^ Black Cinderella Archived 5 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. at the Roots Archives, roots-archives.com; accessed 6 June 2017.

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