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Yes yes, nice to get our hands on some original press 1999 copies of this one-and-only release from Sista Ruby…. Woman Deejay in the place!

Produced by original JA-LDN don Dr Alimantado back in the days – with Macka B on bass guitar (pretty sure anyway!) – Sista Ruby – a jamaican living in England – recorded this top-a-top, full-of-life dancehall LP for Keyman Records around 20 years ago, but then she went quiet….
As far as we can see from a recent interview with a Jamaican newspaper, it’s because she was frustrated with the music industry, so she continued on other aspects of life instead….
But, on this info-search, we also found out she travelled to Jamaica in recent years to record some new tracks alongside George ‘Dusty’ Miller of Firehouse Crew… Good news.

Anyway – back to the subject – this wicked & wild ‘Woman DJ’ album with Sista Ruby going cool & deadly over a heap of lively rhythms – kicking off with the title track, telling about how female deejays need to be extra tough & original on the mic, and conscious of navigating a ‘man’s world’, with an encouraging message about how this is even more reason to step forward as a woman DJ and show how it can be done.
Agreed. Big tune.

Next up, we have her self-titled anthem ‘Ruby Rock’, which is then followed by a good ol’ ganja tune – Gimmi Ganja – ‘me nah want no hashish – it’s only sensimelia mek me lyrics flourish’ – you can never go wrong a with a good ganja tune, and Sista Ruby does a great rendition.

To balance out the high energy numbers, there are also some slower-paced one-drop reggae tracks and lean 90s dancehall riddims on the disc, such as ‘Teach Me Rastaman’, ‘Think And Wanda’, and the upbeat ‘Dance Ina Mount Zion’ –

Upful vibes throughout with Sista Ruby holding her own on the mic with a real persuasive ease, keeping the vibes high for each of the cuts.
Overall, this one does the trick real nicely.
Across 9 tracks, Sista Ruby keeps up the pace, riding different tempos and dancehall styles – perfect for your summer turntable selections, if you ask us >>

Real nice sleeve art too

TRACKLIST:
A1 Woman DJ
A2 Ruby Rock
A3 Gimmi Ganja
A4 Do You Care
B1 Capture The Dance
B2 Making Of A Supa Dupa
B3 Dance Ina Mount Zion
B4 Mount Zion Dub Wise
B5 Think And Wanda

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