sista miriam

sista miriam

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Sista Miriam, is a sweet voiced singer, talented songwriter, performer and teacher. Her style is very much Reggae based, with influences of Jazz and Soul, which is very apparent in early recordings and shows. 'Mim', as she is affectionately know, started her professional career in 1980. Before this point, her musical journey, had taken her into competitions, auditions and recordings.

Biography

The first band that she joined was called, 'Zion Bells' and she was one of the backing vocalists. They supported, 'Black Slate', who were riding high in the UK charts with the song, 'Amigo' and sounding out the dance floors with 'Sticks Man'.
This was a most memorable venture, not only as it was the first, for her with a band, it was because the event was celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Coronation Crowning of His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selaaie and Empress Menen. It was most fitting, that her debut with a band, was sanctified, on such a majestical and historical day.
Her second venture, was with a band called, 'The Unknown'. During this period the band worked as a backing outfit for a guitarist named, 'G.T.Moore and his 'Reggae Guitar fame. Numerous gigs were performed in England and Europe.
Sista Miriam's journey has also taken her into the world of theatre. For eight years she was a performer and teacher of Caribbean folklore, with 'Ujammaa', an African and Caribbean, arts theatre company, based in Hackney, East London. She managed an avalanche of gigs, rehearsals and performances during this period of the early 90's, as she was performing with her band, 'Unity' and with the theatre company; even so, she says, 'it was a labour of love and taught me a lot about discipline and attitude'.
Unity consisted of four members, with her on vocals, Robbie Taylor on keyboards and vocals, Noel Edwards on bass and vocals and Gerald Rowe on drums. As well as playing the circuit, the band also released an independent single called, 'Overtime'.
After a number of years, Unity disbanded and 'Mim', went on to work with 'The Triangle Riddim squad, whose members were, Emmanuel Joseph (Kojak) guitar, RimBim on drums, Boogie Natchulus on bass, Horace Burke on keyboards and Steve Prince on vocals and keyboards. The squad took up from where Unity left off and supported 'Mim', through her scheduled gigs in England, promoting her debut album, 'A Woman's Works', recorded in 1998 and produced by Robin Hood Records.
Further recordings followed in 2000 with 'SnD' Productions, album titled, 'In the name of Religion'.
Currently, 'Mim' is working with Falasha Recordings, engineers Blood Shanti and Fuzzy Dee.
Further adding strings to her bow, 'Mim', continues to teach for Access to Music, where she has managed the Vocal Artiste Programme and currently works alongside, other music courses, within the college.

Lyrics

A Womans Work Is Never Done

Written By: Pauline Williams AKA Sista Miriam

A Womans Work Is Never Done

Chorus
A Woman’s Work Is Never Done
For a woman’s work is no fun
A women’s work is no fun
For her work is never done

Verse
Today you sweep the yard well through
The same thing tomorrow you may have to do
Their dropping things all over the place
Mek the yard look a real disgrace

Verse
De clothes dem, have fe scrub
Ben’ up your back washing over washing tub
Your body is aching with pure exhaustion
Remember the checka check wid caution

Sub chorus
Oo yeah yeah Oo yeah yeah, its never done
Oo yeah yeah Oo yeah yeah its never done

Bridge
For all the things you know you’ll have to do
A little help works wonders for you
For all the things you know you’ll have to do
Your being a wife, you’re a mother, you’re a lover too

Sub chorus
A Woman’s work is Never Done
Just goes on and on and on and on and on and on

Verse
The children come under your protection too
Guiding them in whatever they may do
Correcting them when they go wrong
Joining in with them when they play and sing their songs

Sub chorus
Yeah yeah its never ever done
Oo yeah yeah yeah, its never ever done

Its never done
It can’t even fit inna song
Every day every week every month every year
Every day every week every month every year
Work work work

Look at the things you have to do
Being a mother wife and a lover too

Chorus
A Woman’s work is never done
For her work is no no fun
A Woman’s work is no fun
For her work goes on and on
Oh yeah yeah oh yeah yeah its never ever done

A Woman’s work is never done
For her work is no no fun
A Woman’s work is no fun
For her work goes on and on
Oh yeah yeah oh yeah yeah its never ever done

Written by Pauline Williams AKA Sista Miriam © Revamped version August 1995

Discography

Independently released single 'Overtime' 1992
Has received air play

Independently released album 'A Womans Works' - 1998
Is receiving airplay

SnD Productions compilation album - track entitled, 'In the name of Religion' - 2000
Is receiving air play

Falasha Recordings - Digital Children - 2011
Is receiving airplay and is streamed.