Album of the week: Sistahs by Big Joanie

Each week our music editor Dave Randall picks an album (with a local connection) you need to hear …

Big Joanie describe themselves as Black Feminist Punk.

They are, of course, just one among a number of  acts who could be described similarly – Brixton’s own Poly Styrene springs to mind and there have been many others.

What’s particularly interesting about this trio is that their non-starry, approachable demeanour seems to encourage others, many of them artists of colour, into a movement which seeks to re-imagine identity and social expectations.

Their take on post-punk is artful but never pretentious, cool but never aloof, and political but always framed by the personal.

They are in their own words: ‘like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis’. What’s not to love?!

Big Joanie band pic
Big Joanie (l-r) Steph Phillips, Chardine Taylor-Stone and Estella Adeyeri

Big Joanie Sistahs album coverListen and buy
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