Sister Carol

Nickname Sister Carol
Full name Carol Theresa East
Country Jamaican/American
Genre Roots & Culture Dancehall Reggae
Activity Singer /Songwriter, DJ /Sing Jay
Instruments Lead Vocals, DJ /Sing Jay
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Sister Carol was born Carol Theresa East, in Kingston Jamaica. She is also known affectionally 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 now she has grown to become one of Jamaica’s top entertainers and a Global Icon.

Her early educational years were spent at St Anne’s Primary School and Mico-Practicing All-Age School in Kingston Jamaica. 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.

At the age of 14 her family immigrated to Brooklyn NY in 1973. The thriving dancehall scene of New York City led this young rising star to a path that would eventually 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 the legendary Meditations one of Jamaica’s finest vocal trios. In addition to singing their own songs, the Meditations are also known for their outstanding work in recording harmony back ground vocals 
on a number of Bob Marley songs, including "Blackman Redemption," "Punky Reggae Party," and "Rastaman Live Up", as well as providing harmony backing vocals for Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff and The Congos (on their Heart of the Congos album).

This opportunity opened the door for her to record her first two music albums “Liberation for Africa” on the Serious Gold Label in 1983 and “Black Cinderella” on Jah Life Label in 1984. These recordings showcased her great musical talents, as well as her vibrant personality to a wider worldwide audience establishing herself firmly in the reggae roots & culture dancehall/DJ movement.
The classic "Black Cinderella" was the album that established Sister Carol in the international reggae community, featuring outstanding tracks such as "Oh Jah (Mi Ready)" and the title track known as "Black Cinderella" which has stood the test of time and subsequently became her famous signature song. 
Most notably in the early days of her uprising in the reggae music industry, she also recorded and released an updated cover version of a Bob Marley song titled "Screwface" in tandem with the great Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes. During this time Sister Carol dominated the music scene winning the coveted “Best Female DJ” for 5 consecutive years from 1983 – 1987. With these accolades behind her she established her own Black Cinderella Record Label” in 1989.
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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, is the fact that her music career spans nearly four 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.
She represents as a positive feminist voice in the reggae dancehall music scene. She is inspired by her faith and never resorted to sexual posturing to win an audience. Wth her inspirational music material, Sister Carol delivers uplifting and cautionary messages drawn from her Rastafarian principles, while always urging respect for women. She is more of a reggae roots and culture singjay than just a full time dancehall dj toaster and she is quite capable of melodic vocals as well as solid rhymes.
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 Jamaica to Queens New York, From Ethiopia to England, Detroit to Denver, From the East Coast to the West coast, Sister Carol reigns as a truly inspirational dancehall roots & culture Queen of Reggae.
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Her prolific music career includes over 12 full length Music Albums, as well as a Grammy nomination for “Best Reggae Album” in 1997. Sister Carol has also won numerous music awards such as “Most Outstanding Reggae Artist two consecutive years 1997 and 1998, and “Queen of Reggae” in 2000 in Detroit Michigan. ,
In 2001 Sister Carol was honoured for "Outstanding Cultural Contribution to Life in The City" by New York City Council Proclamation celebrating Jamaica’s 39th year of independence and honouring Jamaicans in New York. She was also honoured in 2004 by The Institute of Caribbean Studies Wash. DC with the “Cultural Heritage Award for Excellence in Music”
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In 2008 she received a prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award" in the city of Columbus Ohio USA and in 2009 she was also honoured with The Award known as “Roots Women in Reggae”.

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 of her first live CD Album titled "Direct Hit; Sister Carol Live;" for release on the Catapult/Black Cinderella label.

In 2003 she released "Empressive" CD Album on the "Black Cinderella label” which was also released in France on the m10 label the following year. In 2004 to 2005 she toured France, New Caledonia, West Africa and USA promoting her “Empressive” CD Album.
In 2006 Sister Carol celebrated her “Silver Jubilee” as a solo recording and performing artist, releasing a new CD/DVD called "1Derful Words” on the Black Cinderella label. In 2007 she recorded a classic reggae lovers rock song titled "Dancing Shoes" a collaboration single with the great legendary Bunny Wailer who is himself an original foundation member of the Original Wailers song group which also featured the great Bob Marley & the great Peter Tosh.

With numerous interviews in mainstream media, Sister Carol has also been a guest twice on NBC’s David Letterman, as well as appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, New York at Nite with Clint Holmes WORT.V., VH1 with Nile Rodgers, and Good Morning America with Bryant Gumbel.
Sister Carol has also earned numerous praises within articles on interviews and reviews 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 Music Album titled "Isis the Original Womb-man"

Beyond her music career, Sister Carol also pursued her acting career and she burst onto 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 she also appeared in the Oscar nominated film known as “Rachel Getting Married” with Anne Hathaway. All three movies were directed by the award winning Director Jonathan Demme.

In addition to establishing and maintaining an amazing professional career, Sister Carol also stands firm in her personal life. She has been married for over two decades and is a livicated mother of four. Her daughter Nakeeba Amaniyea is also a deejay /Sing J. Sister Carol is also now a dotting grandmother of six and in this regards of day to day life, her children and grand children are her true pride and joy. 
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On the Horizon, Sister Carol continues her entrepreneurial spirit with her “Black Cinderella” clothing line as well as she has other upcoming recording projects to be released soon, including a CD Album produced by Glen Adams of Hippie Boys and Wailers fame and a duet CD Album of collaboration with many other artiste in the works. 
She also also appears in the soon to be released Bob Marley documentary “Stay with the rhythm”. 
Overall Sister Carol is an outstanding Warrior Queen and a true Renaissance RastaWoman who continues to tour the world and teach her message in her musical classrooms....... The majestical vibrations continues...............Stay tuned right here at The Reggae Planet Radio2177 Multimedia Network and we will keep you posted and updated about all the upcoming new music and concert events of this Excellent & Magnificent roots and culture Dancehall Queen Of Reggae. 

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  • 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

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Top Tracks

Love In The Morning 1

Love In The Morning

Dread Natty Congo 2

Dread Natty Congo

I Am What I Am 3

I Am What I Am

Call Mi Sister Carol 4

Call Mi Sister Carol

Black Cinderella 5

Black Cinderella

Wild Thing 6

Wild Thing

Solomon & Sheba 7

Solomon & Sheba

International Style 8

International Style

Rasta Girl 9

Rasta Girl

Murdee & Stylee 10

Murdee & Stylee

Top Albums

Sister Carol Liberation for Africa
Sister Carol Liberation for Africa
Lyrically Potent
Lyrically Potent
Call Mi
Call Mi


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