COVENTRY Music Museum curator Pete Chambers BEM writes for the Observer.
Sisters in Dub
Well, I recently received a playful slap on the wrist from Cov legend Colin Bell, who suggested I should do a piece on ‘Sisters in Dub’.
Colin knows, don’t argue and here it is. In my defence, I will say I know a fair bit on the local scene but I don’t have a crystal ball.
If you want a mention in Music Matters consider it done, but you need to send me news of what you are up to.
Sisters in Dub are a female-led movement bringing the power and positivity of Roots music to the people – each of the three members have already achieved great things in the city, now together they are taking things to the next level.
Proudly they are the first female sound system from Coventry – their voices have been heard extensively on local and national radio, including a guest spot on Selector Radio – British Council with Jamz Supernova.
Their energy and commitment is infectious and Sisters in Dub are an all-female reggae sound system collective, comprised of Danniella Dee, Cherelle Hardin and DJ Kat. Coventry natives, all three of the sisters, have unique musical journeys.
From classical training, gospel, reggae, 2-Tone foundations and growing up in sound system families, these influences and experiences inspired the birth of Sisters in Dub.
In their words they are representing women in a male-dominated space,
Sisters in Dub play a mix of meditative dub, deep roots reggae and energetic Steppas – incorporating melodic vocals and live instruments to create a unique, vibrant performance, whilst retaining an authentic Jamaican sound system vibe.
The collective was originally formed in 2019 – initially planning to host a regular ‘Coventry Dub Club’ after recognising there was a need to create more positive, uplifting culturally inspired nights out in Coventry.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 hit, meaning the plans could not continue.
Fast forward, the group relaunched in 2021, bursting on to the scene after taking part in a series of sound system events in Coventry as part of the City of Culture 2021 programme.
Playing live for the first time at Dub and Roots session on October 8, Sisters in Dub were the only females on the bill, playing against Coventry’s biggest sound systems. Their infectious energy and carefully curated musical selections led them to claim the crown as winning sound system of night.
This was followed by a performance at the huge Coventry Meets Kingston event on November 6, sharing the stage with the legendary Beenie Man and sound system heavyweights Bass Odyssey, Stone Love and Ricky Trooper.
Since the start of 2022 they have been unofficially touring the country – playing in Liverpool, Birmingham and London, support acts such as Sister Nancy.
Sisters in Dub have some exciting upcoming bookings in Liverpool, Glasgow, and Berlin.
Sisters in Dub are undoubtedly an exciting prospect and as they put it: “The all-female chariot of fire aims to reignite the sound system flame in their hometown and beyond, inspiring the next generation and becoming the future of sound system culture.”
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