Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Broadcasting Commission disputes ‘Daddy’ ban claim by Queen Ifrica

Queen Ifrica on stage during her set at Rebel Salute 2018. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Queen Ifrica on stage during her set at Rebel Salute 2018. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Queen Ifrica triggered controversy during her performance at Rebel Salute on Sunday morning when she claimed that her breakthrough song on child sex abuse, ‘Daddy’, has been banned from airplay.

The claim drew an immediate response from the Broadcasting Commission, which refuted that a ban was placed on the song.

Ifrica made the shocking allegation during her set at the 25th staging of Rebel Salute at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in St Ann.

Unlike her recent performances, Ifrica - dressed in a greenish jacket with a high judge-like looking wig, with camouflage pants and over blouse - did little commentary in between songs.

She started with 'A Nuh We Dis', then 'Lie Dem A Tell Seh Jamaica Mash Up', after which she took off the wig and the over jacket before doing 'Lioness On The Rise', 'Below The Waist' and a song which she said was inspired by the social media video of a Chinese businesswoman hitting a child in Trelawny.

Then, before doing her hit 'Daddy', Queen Ifrica told the audience that the song was no longer playing on local radio stations because of a ban.

However, Cordel Green, the Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, who was also an emcee at Rebel Salute, refuted Ifrica’s claim through a message sent via fellow emcee Ron Muschette after Ifrica departed the stage – before doing so, she took her daughter Tanzania from backing vocalist to sing a song with Luciano's niece before completing her set that included a percussionist from the United States, displaying mastery skills with his drumsticks.

Meanwhile, Ding Dong and his Ravers dance crew added a different flavour to the show with their energetic moves – and the crowd lapped it up as they danced along despite the muddy under footing that made movement difficult.

With Ravers dancers in tow, Ding Dong and Bravo Raver led the high-energy performance at the Plantation Cove venue.

'Syvah', 'Bad Man Forward', 'Nuh Linga', 'Lowe Mi' and 'Skip To My Lou’ were among the hit songs and dances reeled off by the crew.

Veteran singer Luciano, who performed at the very first Rebel Salute show 25 years ago, also made an impression with songs such as 'Sweep Over My Soul', for which he was joined on stage by legendary singer Beres Hammond; 'Messenger', 'Stop The War' and Waste Time'.

Earlier, Jahmiel, Althea and Donna and Pablo Moses also delivered solid sets in front of the huge crowd.

Ifrica, Ding Dong, Jahmiel