Greenhithe girl band preparing for release of new single

PUBLISHED: 13:29 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:43 16 July 2013

Elsa and Irene Major are originally from Cameroon and have lived in the UK for 10 years.

Elsa and Irene Major are originally from Cameroon and have lived in the UK for 10 years.


Major, comprised of sisters Irene and Elsa Major, released their first single, Love me Boy, in June, making it into Digital Spy’s 10 Tracks you Need to Hear.

The Major sisters have major ambitions and with a talent arguably as big as their hair, they look set to make a sizeable impression on the music scene.

Irene 28, and Elsa, 25, from Greenhithe, are preparing for the release of their second single, Romeo, a cover of the popular Donna Summer song which they hope will be as successful as their first, Love me Boy, which made it into Digital Spy’s 10 Tracks you Need to Hear.

The sisters are originally from Cameroon, but Irene has lived in the UK for around 10 years, and was joined by her sister in 2008.

Irene is a former Miss Cameroon and had a cameo in the James Bond film, Die Another Day, while Elsa used to be a model before they turned their attention to the world of pop music and forming their namesake band Major.

They cite Summer as a huge inspiration to their infectiously upbeat, poppy style. “We’re huge Donna Summer fans. Of course we are, who wouldn’t be?! She’s fantastic,” says Elsa.

Her sister chimes in: “We recorded Romeo just after she died as well, so her influence felt even more pronounced.”

Elsa adds: “For our existing fans, we’ve updated an old classic, putting our mark on it – it’s very Major!”

The name Major was inspired by their father, who was an army major in their home country. When Romeo is released on August 3 it will be the sixth anniversary of his death.

Irene says: “We always knew we would start a band together, we were just waiting for the right time.”

Although sibling relationships in the music industry have a reputation as being highly competitive, Irene and Elsa say they wouldn’t have wanted to work with anyone else.

“No one else could stand us!” says Elsa. “The competition is what drives us, and we know each other better than anyone else.”

This will be put to the test after Romeo comes out, when the pair will begin touring, with dates confirmed so far including Club Revenge in Brighton on July 16, Cardiff Mardi Gras on August 31 and Aqua East at the University of East London on September 20.

Some rest and relaxation in the Garden of England, where they have chosen to settle, will surely be deserved after this.

Irene said of their adopted home: “We love the countryside. And who wouldn’t love living next to Bluewater? People here are very laidback. We love Kent.”

Although most popular with teenagers and the gay community, Major say they want to appeal to all ages and demographics.

“We want everyone to be Majors and Majorettes!” concludes Irene.

To watch the video for Romeo, visit

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