United Sisters consisting of Marvellous Marva, Tigress, Singing Sandra and Lady B joined forces in 1991. That year they won the National Song Festival and placed 2nd in the Caribbean Song Festival singing Ambataila Woman. Their career climaxed with Whoa Donkey in 1993 but all members of the groups have further distinguished themselves with their entertainment and cultural careers
In the late nineties Tigress migrated to the USA and the other sisters concentrated on their solo career.
|From representing the village of Penal-Fyzabad, Marvellous Marva (Marva Joseph) invaded the calypso world in 1979 at Sparrow’s Young Brigade with Hall of Fame. Always a force to be reckoned with, she contested several Queen and National competitions without gaining the highest accolade. She always impressed though, with her positive stage presence and distinctive voice.|
The baby of the group, Tigress (Joanne Rowley) made her debut in 1988. She was promptly voted the most promising female and made it to the National Finals. Her Kaiso House Calypso tent homed stage presence and powerful spirit have alwasy served her well. Blessed with as powerful a voice as her shapely frame, she earned a creditable second place later that year in the Caribbean Song Festival and continued to justify the expectations of the calypso cognoscenti.
|The most successful
of this foursome is Singing Sandra (Sandra Des Vignes).
From a relatively inauspicious start in 1984 she quickly rose to
prominence three years later with the classic Sexy Employers (a.k.a.
Die with my Dignity). She won both the National Calypso Queen
and the Queen of the World
competition in St. Maarten.
On February 14, 1999 she joined the small circle of women when she was
crowned the National Calypso Monarch singing Voices from
the Ghetto & Song of Healing, to become the second female to
rise to that pinnacle, a full twenty-one years after the
country's first woman calypso monarch, Calypso Rose.. Remarkably she became the first woman ever to
repeat this feat in 2003 singing For whom the bell tolls and
B, a true true calypsonian and ambataila woman passed away on
September 3, 2001 in her Brooklyn home among loved family members while
the local Brooklyn Carnival reached its zenith. Calypso Rose,
during the last year of her life, had made special
efforts to honor her contributions to the artform.
Lady B was the first of the United Sisters to enter the
calypso arena. At age 17, already a veteran Best Village performer, she
joined the Tobago Young Brigade before travelling to Trinidad to join
the Original Young Brigade and eventually Kaiso House. In 1977, Bobb
made her first appearance at the National Calypso monarch semi finals.
She captured the Tobago monarch title in 1978, singing "Message from meh
Granny" and "Carnival '78", and successfully defended her crown the
following year with "Dread Message".