Freedom Sitee
Sistah Joyce
Natural Vibes
November 4, 2006

Track list
  1. All About Jah
  2. How Much Longer
  3. Tell U Aredee
  4. Weep Naut
  5. Bryte Mornin
  6. Only Jah Alone
  7. Muny Worry feat. Junior Rebel & Lil Papo)
  8. Freedom Sitee
  9. Luv in de Ghetto feat. Ras L, Mosiah & Bobo InI
  10. Fill Ma Kup
  11. Pass de Chaliss
  12. Should Yoo
  13. Uwah Fada
  14. Gideon Buss
  15. Togedaness
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 2/3
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". Produced by Ras L (who has worked with Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite on 2 albums for the Natural Vibes label) this sophomore album again showcases Sistah Joyce's powerful vocal presence, strong lyrics and beautiful harmony arrangements. With its bubbling keyboards, sharp skanks, heavy drums and even heavier bass lines this collection of tunes is the rootsiest of productions to come out of the Deep Heights Studio. Coming up with a rootsier sound certainly ain't a bad move at all, because not that many roots purists are overly fond of the digital hip hop reggae sound that played a prominent role in prior works. Sistah Joyce has delivered a solid and inspiring album with some real outstanding tracks to enjoy. Highlights are the beautiful slow-paced sufferer's piece "How Much Longer", the haunting "Tell U Aredee", the nyahbinghi flavored title track "Freedom Sitee", the wicked combination tune "Luv In De Ghetto", and the cultural "Uwah Fada". Overall opinion is that "Freedom Sitee" is an adventurous roots album with some real refreshing and surprising sounds.