March 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SISTER CAROL EMBARKS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH TOUR
Grammy nominated reggae artist Sister Carol continues her 2011 International Women’s Month Tour with the Yellow Wall Dub Squad. The socially and politically conscious singer/DJ kicked off her U.S. tour at the Ashkenaz Music and Dance Center March 11 in Berkeley, CA, as a fundraiser for renowned Yellow Wall Dub Squad bassist Louis “Chellem” Roxburgh, who passed away in Jamaica earlier this year. The tour wraps up at Club Caribbean in New Orleans, April 3. Sister Carol is currently celebrating her 30th anniversary as a major player in the music industry. Pieces from “Black Cinderella” clothing line will be available for purchase.
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SISTER CAROL 2011 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH TOUR
Wed Mar 23: The Mangy Moose Saloon. West McCollister Dr.Teton Village, WY.
Thur Mar 24: Bar Deluxe 668 S State St. Salt Lake City, UT
Fri Mar 25: Bear Creek Saloon 475 Lewis St Pagosa Springs, CO
Sat March 26: Quixotes 2151 Lawrence Street, Denver. CO
Sun Mar 27: The Brick House1346 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO
Tue Mar 29: Crosstown Station 1522 McGee Street Kansas City, MO
Wed Mar 30: 2720 Cherokee 2720 Cherokee St Louis, Missouri
Fri Apr1: Caribbean Hut 1316 Antioch Pike. Nashville, TN
Sat Apr 2: Flamingo Cantina: 515 E 6th St, Austin, TX
Sun Apr 3: Club Caribbean 2443 Bayou Rd, New Orleans, Louisiana
SISTER CAROL BIO
Sister Carol East, aka Mother Culture aka Black Cinderella, was born Carol Theresa East on January 15, 1959 in Kingston, Jamaica. Her odyssey began in the ghetto of Denham Town, Kingston in the midst of the exploding Jamaican music scene; and she has grown to become one of Jamaica’s top entertainers and a global icon.
Sister Carol’s 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 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 Sister Carol’s heart but also drew her closer to the infusion of the music industry.
At the age of 14, Sister Carol’s 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 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 Mediations 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 five consecutive years from 1983 – 1987. With these accolades behind her, Sister Carol established her own Black Cinderella record label in 1989.
In the midst of her success as an artist, Sister Carol 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, “Mother Culture”).
From east coast to west coast, Sister Carol reigns as the Queen of Reggae.
Her prolific music career includes more than 12 albums/CDs, a Grammy nomination for “Best Reggae Album” in 1997, “Most Outstanding Reggae Artist” two consecutive years (1997 and 1998) “Queen of Reggae” in 2000 in Detroit Michigan, a 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’s Cultural Heritage Award for Excellence in Music” in 2004 and a Lifetime Achievement recognition in 2008 in Columbus, Ohio, to name a few.
A showcase of Sister Carol’s greatest achievements includes the 2001 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 Sister Carol 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 U.S. promoting “Empressive. 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.
Sister Carol has had numerous interviews in mainstream media, appearing 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, released Sister Carol’s “Isis the Original Womb-man.”
Beyond her music career, Sister Carol 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 most recently Oscar nominated “Rachel Getting Married,” with Anne Hathaway. All three movies directed by the awarding director Jonathan Demme.
Along with an amazing professional career, Sister Carol’s personal life stands firm. She has been married for more than 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 artists 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 majestic vibrations continue. For more information on this dynamic artist, visit www.sistercarol.com.