Nancy does it for charity

By Brian Bonitto
Associate Editor —
Auto & Entertainment

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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SISTER Nancy's hectic touring schedule kept her from the local scene for 20 years. She broke that hiatus by performing on Rebel Salute in St Ann last year. She said her homecoming was well received.

“The reception was very good. The crowd was very receptive,” she told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

The trailblazing deejay is the headliner for Lips Live: The Original Sister Nancy Live in Concert scheduled for Strathairn Avenue in St Andrew on Friday. The event is staged by organisers of the two-year-old Queen Of Reggae Island Honorary Cermony (QORIHC), which salutes women in the reggae industry. The event's proceeds will be donated to a needy female pursuing a nursing course and the Gregory Isaacs Foundation.

Sister Nancy has no jitters about her approaching assignment.

“Mi jus' a do mi work and work. This is mi job for over 41 years... so when I go to work, I just work... I expect to do my best,” she told the Jamaica Observer.

The younger sister of deejay Brigadier Jerry, Sister Nancy (given name Ophlin Russell-Myers) was the forerunner for a flood of female deejays who emerged during the 1980s. They included Lady Junie, Lady Mackerel (now Macka Diamond), Shelly Thunder and Lady G.

One of dancehall's success stories of the last decade, she has enjoyed a renaissance due to renewed interest in her song Bam Bam, done over 30 years ago for producer Winston Riley.

Recorded on the revered Stalag rhythm, Bam Bam shot Sister Nancy to international prominence. Athletic giant Reebok as well as rappers including Jay-Z, Kanye West and Guerilla Black have sampled Bam Bam.

Quizzed on her thoughts of today's dancehall music, the deejay is not impressed.

“It has changed for the worse. The music is not what it used to be in my days. They just make anything, that will only sell for a time... You won't get anything classical in what they make now,” she said. “The music we did in the past, they wan't to hear it today. Bam Bam was recorded 36 years ago and we're still here... We nah go nuh weh.”

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