Sista She And The House Of The Holy Bootay
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2007
For five years, they've been cooking up an incomparable mix of hip hop and comedy. Now outta the Australian 'burbs, it's time to be converted to the Church of Sista She.
Sista She are three gorgeous women, Sheila MC Eila, (Sarah Ward), Rashida EDA MC (Candy Bowen) and Busty Beats (Kim Bowen). They look fantastic, they’ve got amazing voices and their stage presence made this 100-seater venue feel like a massive gig in Hammersmith Odeon.
What I know about rap is less than negligible, but I can recognise a damn good time when it’s on offer. This is musical comedy/cabaret for the 21st century.
Their singing is stunning, the rapping is crisp and they are powerful, sexy movers with a great sense of physical comedy. You’ve got to love them, celebrating the size 18 woman and the joy of a large arse, among other things.
Rashida , particularly ,has a compelling street-regal presence and Busty Beats has an absolutely pissed-off rapper face that would be alarming if she wasn’t so funny.
The comedy is all there in the music, there’s very little straight talking, but I guess that like complaining about too much singing at the opera. If I don’t comment on the rapping styles, it’s my ignoranc, but everyone else was highly appreciative and snorting with laughter the terms of reference.
Even with a small audience, this felt like you were at the best party. The show has great momentum and infectious energy, a real shot in the arm in a busy fringe schedule.
Reviewed by: Julian Chambers