group Neutral Sisters consists of two sisters Bianca and Kyra
Noons. Born in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya Africa, to an English
father and a Jamaican mother. The sister’s aspirations would be
molded, as their father was a lead performer in the world renowned
Musical “Hair” also starring the legendary JOAN ARMATRADING.
During the latter days of President Mzee Kenyatta rein, the
African freedom fighter, the sisters grew to the chanting and
drumming sounds of the MASAI warriors.
In 1980 the family moved to England and spent the next seven years
there before returning to Jamaica. The musical influences at the
time came from a wide spectrum of sources. The likes of Marvin
Gaye, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley,
Burning Spear and Jacob Miller would soon take hold.
By the time “Neutral Sisters” AKA “Neutral” reached Jamaica in
1986 they were listening to the sounds of Dennis Brown, Tony
Rebel, Buju Banton, J.C Lodge, Half Pint, Freddie McGregor and
other reggae artists. Dancehall played quite and influence, as
Neutrals lyrics are conscious answers to statements posed in
Dancehall lyrics. Neutrals voice training came out of church
choirs in London, Montego Bay High School choir and choirs in
Texas where they now reside.
In 1998 Neutral went into “Yard Sound” recording studio owned and
operated by Orville Adams from Kingston Jamaica. The song “Live
and Direct” was completed in Houston and was entered into the
National Billboard songwriters contest. The song won first prize
in the category of “Pop” and Neutral were on their way.
1999 was a special year for Neutral as they shared the stage with
the likes of Bounty Killer, Berris Hammond and Buju Banton.
The year 2000 started with performances in the Bob Marley Festival
in Houston Texas. Neutral were featured artists at Midem France,
the largest music industry convention in the world. In March they
shared the stage with Luciano in Negril on the Tropical Insanity
tour, coordinated by Walter Elmor, who also enabled Neutral to
debut at Sumfest 2000. They also performed with rap group “Bone
Thugs and Harmony” and “Beenie Man” at the Aquasol production in
Montego Bay Jamaica, which created a stir.
“Live and Direct” generated so much interest that a relationship
between artist and producer began. With the prowess of “Pops” John
Dowling, the vocal producer extaordinaire at the helm of the UB 40
studio, and the “Dynamic Duo” Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespear on
the drums and base guitar as well as Robbie Lyn on the keyboard,
Neutral’s mind blowing first album was completed in September
2002. Neutral brings to the table unique original lyrics as well
as writing and comprising all of the melodies and harmonies that
are on the album.
Neutral recently gave a performance at the 2002 Rebel Salute at
Port Kaiser Sports Club in St. Elizabeth, a show that had a turn
out of over 20,000 patrons. Neutral tributes the performance to
the late Pele Lanier, who was both their manager and beloved
Neutral is taking the music industry by storm, so stay tuned for
what they have in store.
You won’t forget the name NEUTRAL