NEW YORK, NY, Tues. June 16, 2009: Conscious reggae artist, Queen Ifrica, is set to debut her highly anticipated album today.
The singer/songwriter`s Montego Bay album comprises a 13 song selection with a stirring mix of spiritually empowering anthems, lover’s rock tunes and searing social commentaries
The dancehall styled title track addresses her hometown of Montego Bay’s glaring discrepancy between its pristine five star resorts verses the grim realities of a city wracked by poverty, violence and unemployment.
Her uplifting first single `Lioness on The Rise` (produced by Donovan Germaine) exudes her courageous and fierce nature at heart, then she displays her romantic side over a mesmeric one-drop beat on the rapturously sung hit `Far Away` (produced by Rickman Warren) and on `In My Dreams` (produced by C. Hurst), where her quixotic husky tone is reminiscent of the iconic song stylist Nina Simone.
She also tells a poignant tale of child molestation on `Daddy,` which has already received worldwide recognition and reached the top of reggae charts, even though certain sectors within Jamaican society attempted to get the song banned because of `Daddy’s` subject matter. `I wanted corporate Jamaica to realize that if a society is engulfed by violence we have to look at the homes where these violent tendencies are coming from,` remarks Ifrica.
Queen Ifrica born Ventrice Morgan, began her career in 1995 after shining at a local talent contest in her hometown of Montego Bay, Jamaica. This eye-opening experience eventually led to major stage performances in her country including the esteemed Reggae Sumfest as well as a union with Tony Rebel’s Flames Crew in 1998.