If you live in South London, you must have heard of Sisters of Reggae. For the last three years, they’ve been hitting the decks, armed with an infallible selection of roots, ska and dub – bringing you the first all-female reggae DJ collective. They’re passionate, talented and bringing a much-welcomed diversity to the industry.
Founded in 2016 by Zoe (A.K.A. Lucky Cat), the five have since made waves on the international reggae scene, having played gigs all over the world. They’ve supported some of the most pivotal producers of the genre, including Max Romeo, U-Roy, David Rodigan and Aba Shanti, as well as fantastic up-and-coming artists, such as The Hempolics. But before they were sisters, Lucky Cat, Debbie Golt, Naoko The Rock, Miss FeelGood and Sweetie were already premium selectors, working in radio, events or playing at sound-system parties. They held their first club night in Peckham, then quickly moved on to Brixton where they now have highly-anticipated monthly/bimonthly residencies at venues like Pop Brixton and Upstairs at the Ritzy.
They created their collective not only because they’re incredible at DJing and wanted to do what they love, but also to change people’s assumptions. Reggae has long been a male-dominated music style, but the all-female collective, who have ages ranging from 20s to 50s, are changing the face of it with their intimate knowledge of it and their vinyl-spinning prowess.
Another way in which they are bringing women to the forefront is by playing more female artists than most selectors. For example, head to one of their gigs and you’re going to here brilliant tracks from Sister Carol, Marcia Griffiths, Phyllis Dillon and so many of the female greats. Make sure to check out their gigs – the atmosphere is vibrant and the tunes are top notch. Whether they’re a support act or the main show, they proudly play 100% vinyl and always get the house bouncing with classic oldies mixed with new-wave reggae tracks. If you go, you’ll no doubt have an absolutely wicked time.
Check out their Youtube video below. You will get to meet all of the Sisters of Reggae and
learn a bit more about what they do and why they do it. You will also get to hear the type of
the tracks that they’re likely to play at their gigs. Have a watch and if you like what you hear,
check out their upcoming gigs