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Sister Carol

Sister Carol

Carol Theresa East (born 15 January 1959, Kingston, Jamaica[1]), known by her stage name of Sister Carol, is a Jamaican-born American reggae recording artist and actress. She has used many other stage names, including Black Cinderella (also the name of her record label) and Mother Culture.

Sister Carol
Sister Carol performing in 2012
Background information
Birth nameCarol Theresa East
Born (1959-01-15) 15 January 1959
OriginKingston, Jamaica
GenresReggae, dancehall
Years active1983 present
LabelsRAS, Heartbeat, Black Cinderella


Originally from the Denham Town district of West Kingston, she was 14 when her family emigrated to Brooklyn, New York.[2][3]

Her father Howard East was a Senior Engineer with Radio Jamaica and contributed to recording sessions as Studio One.[2] She became involved in the Jamaican music scene herself. She earned a degree in education from the City College of New York in 1981, the same year she gave birth to her first child. Around that time she met Brigadier Jerry, a Jamaican DJ, who encouraged her to try DJ chatting in Jamaican dancehall style, rather than singing.[2]

After winning competitions in New York and Jamaica, she toured with The Meditations. Her first album, Liberation for Africa, was released in 1983,[4] as a limited edition on the Jamaican SG label.[5] The 1984 album Black Cinderella[6] established her.[3] She formed her own record label, also called Black Cinderella.[2] Jah Disciple followed in 1989.[3]

East has appeared in the Jonathan Demme movies Something Wild (1986), Married to the Mob (1988), and Rachel Getting Married (2008).[3] Demme featured East's songs in Ricki and the Flash (2015).[2]

Personal life

In the 2000s she returned to Jamaica, living in St. Ann. Her daughter Nakeeba Amaniyea is a deejay.[2]


  • Liberation For Africa (1983), Serious Gold
  • Black Cinderella (1984), Jah Life
  • Jah Disciple (1989), RAS
  • Mother Culture (1991), 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


  1. Keita Maeda, "The Excyclopedia of Reggae Musicians Part I : Dee-Jays",; Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  2. Campbell-Livingston, Cecelia (2012) "Black Cinderella", Jamaica Observer, 17 October 2012.
  3. Campbell, Howard (2018) "Sister Carol: Roots Warrior", Jamaica Observer, 28 February 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018
  4. "Sister Carol – Liberation for Africa" Archived 7 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine,; Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  5. SG music label at Roots Archives Archived 16 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine,; Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  6. Black Cinderella Archived 5 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine at the Roots Archives,; Retrieved 6 June 2017.
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