BAM BAM: THE SISTER NANCY STORY (Tribeca 2024) – Review by Leslie Combemale

The 1982 Reggae tune Bam Bam is the sort of anthem of female empowerment that transcends time and genre. It represents one of the rare female-led reggae performances of that or any era, making Sister Nancy a star at the tender age of 20. Bam Bam has been used and sampled hundreds of times since its release, by some of the most famous musicians in the business. Royalties that should have gone to Sister Nancy and her collaborators never came her way. Over the years the tune continued to get new fans, but Sister Nancy had to take a job as an accountant to support her career as a performer. Oh, and another thing, for all the time since its original recording, the master tapes have been missing.

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