SISTER CAROL

SNWMF 2001
Photo by Lee Abel

Sister Carol, born Carole East, is one of Jamaica's top entertainers. Having been born and raised in the ghettos of Kingston till the age of 14, her family immigrated to Brooklyn, NY in 1973 to look for work. Who knew that the thriving dancehall scene in New York City in the 70's would lead Sister Carol to a path that would include movies, albums, television appearances and a Grammy nomination for her highly regarded 1996 release, Lyrically Potent.

Music has always been close to Sister Carol's heart. In fact, her father was an engineer that worked in radio at RJR in Jamaica and would regularly be part of the music scene that was being established in the 1960's by Studio One's legendary Clement "Coxsone" Dodd. These early influences came into play when Sister Carol began her musical career, following in the footsteps of one of her mentors and friend, DJ Brigadier Jerry. Having won talent contests in both Jamaica and New York, Sister Carol was offered an opening slot for one of Jamaica's finest vocal trios, The Meditations, who had provided harmony vocals for Bob Marley. Bringing her greater recognition and a wider audience, as well as firmly establishing her as a cornerstone of the dancehall/dj movement, this opportunity opened the door for her to record her first two records, Liberation for Africa and Black Cinderalla. Sister Carol also began another facet of her entertainment career as an actress, appearing in two Jonathan Demme movies, Something Wild and Married to the Mob.


 

Having succeeded in a musical genre that is widely dominated by male performers, Sister Carol's life is a true testament to the spirit and energy that she conveys in every live performance she gives. In her personal life, she has succeeded at being a wife and a mother, not only raising her children, but also acquiring a teaching degree in education at the City College of New York. Professionally, Sister Carol has appeared on NBC's David Lettermen and Late Night With Conan O'Brien, as well as earning praise in publications such as Billboard, the Village Voice, and many others. She has toured the world several times over and was the familiar voice behind Night Music with David Sanborn as the MC. In 1999, Tuff Gong, the label started by reggae icon Bob Marley, released Sister Carol's Isis-the Orginal Womb-man. Couple this with over 8 albums, dozens of singles and the aforementioned Grammy nomination, and its clear to see why Sister Carol is at the top of her field.

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