Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Queen Ifrica lashes Ishawna at Sumfest

Queen Ifrica during her set at Reggae Sumfest. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Queen Ifrica during her set at Reggae Sumfest. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Queen Ifrica, in a militant mood during her Reggae Sumfest set  at Catherine Hall as she addressed a number of social issues affecting Jamaica, lashed out at raunchy dancehall entertainer Ishawna. 

Declaring early in her set that she came to the venue to 'war', she hit out at the spate of murders in the island, particularly in Montego Bay;  and even the behaviour of some Jamaican "black women", before tackling Ishawna's degrading reference to the bandana outfit worn by cultural icon, the late Louise Bennett-Coverley.

Ishawna triggered controversy a few weeks ago when she said, "Mi nuh wear tablecloth like Miss Lou", in reference to the outfit.

Seemingly angered by the comment, Ifrica said, "157 people dead inna Montego Bay since the start of the year. Wednesday gone, six people dead inna 72 hours. Everything alright inna Jamaica? Everything nuh alright inna Jamaica. Suh di I dem need to know fi show appreciation fi di people dem who a fight fi dis down here. Marcus Garvey, Miss Lou, Bob Marley.

"When a likkle girl feel like shi can bright enough and big enough fi dis icon like Miss Lou, di I dem must mek di I dem voice loud in disagreement.

"Unless we who we are as a people, Queen Ifrica and some other artiste haffi guh stop sing bout yah, because unuh nuh respect di culture nuh more," Ifrica said before launching into Times Like These.

She had earlier entered the stage to Welcome To Montego Bay before doing Serve And Protect, Below The Waist and Daddy, a part of which she sang in Spanish, while stating that incest doesn't only happen in English speaking homes.

She would talk directly to Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton, who had openly expressed concerns about the decriminalisation of ganja. She told Tufton that the government is giving ganja a fight and instead should be looking at "freeing it up" after which she did a song seeking just that.

She would then turn her attention to the women and lambasted some for "turning dawg" with their behaviour before once again taking a shot at Ishawna, this time over the latter's 'fight' for 'equal rights' - Ishawna's Equal Rights song advocating for women to get oral sex from their male partners.

Ifrica's response was that the only equal rights she wanted was to get more money which would carry her to the level "like weh di man dem a get to".

She then sampled the late Eddie Fitzroy's Princess Black before talking again about the crime situation in the island and then did Lie Dem A Tell Seh Jamaica Mash Up.

Ifrica concluded her well-received set with Lioness On The Rise, and a new song from her album, Climb.

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