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Monday, August 02, 2010

Music Monday: Ambataila Woman

In 1991, four of the greatest forces in the Calypso world - Sandra De Vignes, Marva Joseph, Joanne Rowley and the late Beulah Bobb - joined together.  Better known as Singing Sandra, Marvellous Marva, Tigress and Lady B, they became the phenomenon we know as the United Sisters.

Most will remember them for their 1993 smash hit Whoa Donkey, a response Ronnie McIntosh's own hit song.  The records show though that in 1991 they immediately saw success, winning the National Song Festival and placing second in the Caribbean Song Festival with Lady B's composition Ambataila Woman.

All four sisters went on to continue their own fantastic individual careers, capturing accolade after accolade, including Sandra's National Calypso Monarch crown in 1999.  They will always be remembered though for this amazing song, and the power that they together put behind it:

Ambataila woman we are big and strong
We ah working whole day on a plantation
Ambataila woman we full ah power
Ambataila woman we come to take over…

Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjF8bnXsNcQ

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