Throwback: Sister Nancy-Bam Bam


Sister Nancy’s 1982 reggae anthem “Bam Bam” has been recycled within a legion of songs by Lauryn Hill, Gang Starr and many others. Chaka Demus and Pliers famously covered “Bam Bam” in the ’90’s. The Jamaican singer was inspired as a teenager by her brother, Brigadier Jerry, who is a respected reggae DJ, to start a career in music. She was popular in the world of dancehall and became the first woman to play at Reggae Sunsplash and to DJ on an international level. “Money Can’t Buy My Love,” “Transport Connection,” “Papa Dean” and “One Two” were other big songs for her. In addition to being a solo performer, Sister Nancy also worked with the Prince Norman, Jahlovemuzik and Stereophonic sound systems. In the late ’90’s she relocated to New Jersey where she works as an accountant. A second solo album, Sister Nancy Meets Fireproof, came out in 2007. The singer has said she has no plans to record again, but she still makes the occasional performance date.