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Album Review

This may be the best album yet from deejay Carol East. Not only does she get to show off her facility with standard bouncy dancehall grooves, as on "Jamaican People" and the title track, but she also chats in a more rootswise context — "Ital Jacuzzi," which appears to be a charming ode to the pleasures of skinny-dipping, floats along on a booty-stirring one-drop groove. "I Am What I Am" is built on a solid rhythmic foundation of hip-hop/one-drop fusion, and "Mr. Moneyman" seems to share a melody with the Kenny Rogers hit "The Gambler," which is a nicely subtle touch, given the song's lyrical content. Elsewhere, Carol turns the Wailers' classic rock steady number "Lick Samba" into a Spanish lesson titled "Reggae Samba," and "Solomon and Sheba" mixes dancehall with a typically Rastafarian romantic theme. (Strangely, the remixed "long version" of the title track is shorter than the regular version.)


Born: 1959 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the dancehall era's few successful female DJs, Sister Carol was something like reggae's answer to Queen Latifah: a strong, positive feminist voice who was inspired by her faith and never resorted to sexual posturing to win an audience. Leaning heavily on socially conscious material, Sister Carol delivered uplifting and cautionary messages drawn from her Rastafarian principles, while always urging respect for women. She was more of a singjay than a full-time toaster, capable of melodic vocals...
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