Isis (Tuff Gong)
Reviewed by Eric Steiner
Sister Carol's newest Tuff Gong release, Isis, is more than a reflection of
the Egyptian goddess of divinity. It's 16 tracks of new reggae ranging from
lovesongs to politics and everywhere in between. "Reggae Arena" speaks to
Sister Carol's Kingston youth, surrounded by reggae music and Rastas.
Speaking of Rasta, Sister Carol herself used to see Bob Marley walk to and
from Studio One in Kingston when she lived in Denham Town. On "70 Sup'm
Pieces of Bob," Sister Carol took 70 different Marley song titles and made
one of the catchiest tributes to the man who brought reggae to the world.
Marley would surely understand Sister Carol's "Promises," a song about her
disillusionment with politics in Jamaica, cause she's "really tired of the
promises/really tired of the promises." Move over Shaggy, Beanie Man and
Spragga Benz: I'm glad this Rasta girl has given the dancehall a new unique
voice that's full of reggae traditions yet promises so much more. There's a
lot of dancehall, pop and rap on Isis, and I know Bob Marley would be proud.
Opportunity * Reggae Arena * Gentle Lover * Cut & Clear * Promises * Ezekiel
37 * Womb-Man * Rasta Girl * I-Sis Apella * Fire Pon the West * 70 Sup'm
Pieces of Bob * Kings & Queens * HIV * Chok Lit * The Force * Herbal is
© 1999 - Eric Steiner