Known worldwide as the “queen of rare groove,” DJ Soul Sister has hosted her “Soul Power” show on WWOZ FM and “right on party situations” for nearly two decades in her native New Orleans. One of the longest-running live dj artists in New Orleans, the veteran radio programmer and host of the longest-running rare groove radio show in the U.S., vinyl collector, crate digger, party promoter and tastemaker is highly regarded and respected not only in her hometown, but around the globe.
The first DJ to receive a “Best DJ” award in New Orleans (Big Easy Entertainment Award and OffBeat Magazine Best of the Beat Award), Soul Sister has thrown down her seamlessly blended, and vinyl-only, funk/soul/rare groove/discotheque/jazz fusion/true school hip hop sets everywhere from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to performances in New York, Los Angeles, and London – and in New Orleans at her near decade-long “Hustle Saturdays” weekly residency (now at the Hi-Ho Lounge; formerly at Mimi’s in the Marigny and Leo’s Bar & Grill). She has opened for everyone from George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, ?uestlove, and Afrika Bambaataa to Teena Marie, Galactic, The Roots, and George Duke, to the funky Meters, DJ Low Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu), Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Maceo Parker, and many, many more.
In addition to her party and event promotions and creative dj sets, she is also a tastemaker and recognized authority on funk, soul, disco, hip hop & rare groove music and musicians. From conducting on-stage oral history interviews with musicians like George Clinton, the Ohio Players, and Chuck Brown at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, to being featured on television programs such as Nelson George’s Soul Cities (which aired nationally on VH1 Soul in 2008), to being highlighted in national magazines like URB, Spin, and Wax Poetics (first and only woman featured in its “Record Rundown” section), Soul Sister’s opinions are welcomed in articles, lectures, panel discussions, and broadcast presentations about classic funk, soul and hip hop music, as well as DJ culture. She is also dedicated to presenting more “soulful” events in New Orleans, ranging from DJ culture events and live music concerts to film screenings and panel discussions via her Right On Party Situation, Soulful Takeover, and Keep Swingin’ brands.
Soul Sister has taken the nightlife by storm in her hometown, known more for its top-notch live musicians than its underground DJ scene. To her credit, Soul Sister’s parties and live DJ sets are now regarded and respected alongside those of her jazz, blues, rock, R&B and funk musician colleagues, many of them fans.
She says, “my goal is to always spread positive soulful vibrations through the music that has given me joy for so many years. I use my sets to honor the musicians, singers and artists who have come before us and have shared their gifts for the world to enjoy. And I only play the sounds that move me, so anything you hear in one of my sets or at one of my party promotions is guaranteed, as the song goes, to be real.”