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Virgin Gorda

Hailing from Virgin Gorda comes SPM Records and Natural Vibes recording artist Sistah Joyce.   This talented young empress is well grounded in her beliefs which she shares with her listeners through the conscious message in her songs. 

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Sistah Joyce's debut album H.Y.P.O.C.R.I.C.Y. was released by SPM Records in the summer of 2004 following a 4-track EP and the single 'Gun Solution'.  She has since released Freedom Sitee and voiced a track on the Sane Kry riddim.   

Sister Joyce - H.Y.P.O.C.R.I.C.Y. Sistah Joyce - Hypocricy EP Sistah Joyce & Jahmal - Gun Solution Single
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November 8, 2004 Interview of Sistah Joyce

Sistah Joyce reasons with about 'the shuffle' she had to endure as a youth - moving from island to island after her mother died.  She also talks about how linking up with SPM Records and how well she and the Motion Band blended when first coming together.  In addition to discussing the selections from her debut album H.Y.P.O.C.R.I.C.Y., Sistah Joyce also delves into an number of other topics such as colonialism, the livity of rastafari and the need for women to be honored and respected in this time. 

Sistah Joyce Interview - November 8, 2004
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Running Time: 28:30


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Album Reviews
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Freedom Sitee

Reggae Vibes:
Reggae music has always been dominated by male artists and only very few women have managed to take their place in the Reggae arena and stay there for a very long time. Thus it's always good to witness the emergence of new female artists as in case of Sistah Joyce from the Virgin Islands. The latter first drew attention of a select group of reggae connoisseurs with her 2004 released (but now out of print) album "H.Y.P.O.C.R.I.S.Y.", which gained critical acclaim. That debut set fully showed that this female voice has the talent to take her place in the forefront of roots reggae music, which is reaffirmed by its follow-up entitled "Freedom Sitee".  thing; just a different style.  - More


Reggae Reviews:
Continuing the “V.I. Invasion” of modern roots reggae emanating from the Virgin Islands is this debut from Sistah Joyce, a refreshing female voice who joins fellow Virgin Islander Dezarie at the forefront of conscious female performers.  Compared to Dezarie, Sistah Joyce (who has an affinity for acronyms) is a bit less edgy musically and vocally, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; just a different style.  She has a pensive, melancholy sound; if Dezarie is Lauryn Hill, then Sistah Joyce is more along the lines of Alicia Keys.  H.Y.P.O.C.R.I.C.Y. has a mature roots reggae sound and Sistah Joyce a maternal feel (see her incorporation of children on the fun ska track “R.e.g.g.a.e”) reminiscent of reggae greats Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths. - More

Creation Steppin':
Although female roots singers have always been under-represented, the Cruzan roots scene seems to be slowly bucking that tradition. Dezarie is most widely-known, but Sistah Joyce proves on her debut album that she's worthy as well. The H.Y.P.O.C.R.I.C.Y. EP released in February gave us tantalizing hints at her abilities, and the full album delivers. This release is built around her liquid voice, but the riddims and songwriting are quite solid. "Give Jah The Praises" and "Haile Africa" (strangely found on the EP only) are upbeat songs with some serious crossover appeal, whereas "Cleansing Fya" is some serious straight-up roots. - More

I Grade:
The Caribbean has produced a female reggae singer in the likes of Rita Marley, Marcia Griffith, Judy Mowatt, right now one of the more talented female vocalist who is on her way to a reggae musical  journey. - More



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