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Queen Ifrica

Jamaican singer/toaster Ventrice Morgan, aka Queen Ifrica, will no doubt go down in history as having provided one of the most sobering and controversial reggae hits of the late 2000s: the hard-hitting single "Daddy," which deals with child molestation and incest. Reggae has a long history of tackling heavy social and political topics, and Ifrica didn't hesitate to offer some no-nonsense social commentary when she co-wrote and recorded "Daddy." Despite the song's disturbing subject matter, it was a major hit in both Jamaica and England (which has long had a large Afro-Caribbean population and is second only to Jamaica as the world's largest reggae market). Ifrica, however, was making a name for herself in reggae long before the release of "Daddy," and she has been making her mark as a singer who is also a dancehall toaster.

Much like certain R&B vocalists who can rap as proficiently as they sing, Ifrica is both a proficient singer and a proficient toaster -- and like some of the neo-soul singers who have been affected by both classic soul and hip-hop, Ifrica has been greatly influenced by reggae's classic era (the '60s and '70s) but also has a strong appreciation of the more modern dancehall recordings of the '90s and 2000s. Ifrica, however, has steered clear of the hedonism, gun talk, and gangsta imagery that have been common in dancehall; her more sociopolitical lyrics have reflected her Rastafarian beliefs, although she has also performed her share of lovers rock (reggae that has romantic lyrics rather than sociopolitical or spiritual lyrics).

Because male performers have outnumbered female performers in reggae (both singing and toasting), the list of female artists that Ifrica is typically compared to is a fairly short one. She has often been compared to Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt, all of whom were members of the I-Threes (Bob Marley & the Wailers' backup singers) in the 1970s but have also had careers as solo artists; other frequent comparisons have included Carlene Davis and Sister Carol. But even though Griffiths, Mowatt, and Rita Marley have influenced her, Ifrica has a gruffer vocal style -- and that gruffness obviously comes from her interest in dancehall.

Born in Montego Bay on March 25, 1975, Ifrica is the daughter of Derrick Morgan (who was a major ska star in the early to mid-'60s and went on to become an important figure in rocksteady and early reggae). Ifrica seriously started to pursue a career in reggae in the mid-'90s, and in 1999, she recorded the single "Royal Love" for the Flames label. Ifrica became much better known in the 2000s, when she recorded for various independent labels and her singles "Just My Bredrin," "Randy," and "Below the Waist" became hits in Jamaica. In 2009, Ifrica's album Montego Bay (which included "Daddy" and the hit "Streets Are Bloody," a poignant commentary on violent crime in Jamaica) was released in the United States by the well-known VP Records label. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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ericsdaman
queen ifrica is great, we need more of her songs!
Culture music...blac k peoples learn from this tune Rastafarian
Positive vibes
Positive impact; track after track.
The queen is the realist ����
Love her
ME WANT MARRY HER!!!
robinpurohit
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day if your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
Love her
wad0621
Love and respect! Great artist!!
Love her!!!
one of the best artiste ever
real lioness
Long live the QUEEN!
love qi her voice blows me away
Empress for sure
Bless up Queen Ifrica keep the positive coming....
Long awaited Reggae in its true form, the cry of the down trodden, the voice of reason, a beacon that reaffirms in every generation comes the I N I.
I LOVE YOU SISTAH JAH BLESS THE DAY YOU PUT OUT 'DADDY' ONE LOVE KEEP THEM COMNG
Love your style bless up
continue to the youth and up lift sistrens all over the world stay blessed -n-loved
De empress brings a vibe that is undeniable, unfiltered, and in yuh face no matter de topic or society's outlook pon de situation example Daddy or Me Nah Rub. I wish more sistren gain strentgh from her and follow in her footsteps, keep the fire burning jah love and blessings.
Her music goes beyond beats and rhythm..word s of power and inspiration! ! One love Queen Ifrica!
toppin10
Queen Ifrica is very talented in her music!!! Blessed to the Queen!!!!
sunmist22
The Queen came Royally YES?!! She is a very talented singer who inspires me with her music, her style and her vocal range. JAH Guide and Protect the QUEEN!
very passionate and inspiring lady.i have heard her on talk radio.would love to see her in concert.mayb e i will in jamaica mon
She is a real nice singer.
mamawaters
MAM IFRIKA IS AN INSPISRATION TO IDAWTA AND GIVES I STRENGTH TO MOVE FWARD IN THIS TIME. BLESSED LOVE TO ALL EMPRESS INNA THA TROD. FIYAH LOVE!!!!!!!
I've heard of some of her other stuff. i like this artist.
This sister is amazing! Bless up!

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