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An artist that is worth a special mention this year a artist that meets the criteria of female, roots oriented and popular outside the orthodox roots market - Queen Ifrica. These combination of characteristics is as far as I can remember (and I can remember far) unique. There are and have been female dancehall artists, but never roots oriented with traditional conscious tunes that at the same time have been accepted by the dancehall audience. Male equivalents are Sizzla, Luciano and many many more, so there is no lack of this at the male side. You might think of Tanya Stephens as she also tackles serious subjects, but her approach is as far from traditional roots you possibly can get. And the talent is on a completely other level compared to Queen Ifrica. And anyone else on the reggae industry too for that matter.

I think it took a while for a lot of people to realize Queen Ifrica was a woman, because despite the name it difficult on many songs to know because of her, for a woman, quite deep voice. Like on this tune for example, Genocide. Most noticeable though is that she sounds different from song to song. On a lot of songs her voice is rather close to that of youthful dancehall singer such as Tenor Saw or early Cocoa Tea, on other like a very youthful Sizzla and sometimes even Alaini-sh in style.

At the risk of being unfair, I have to say I personally think it is not versatility but rather a lack of a style of her own. But that’s’OK, give the the time and chances are she will come up with something completely unique. Talent is at least no the problem…

At the time of writing her first long player is being put together and this may be an interesting piece. Saw that they where pitching it by saying Sly & Robbie is involved in the production. But hey, that isn’t really a selling point anymore, is it? They might be legends, but when was the last time the actually put out something worthwhile? In my book it was the riddims for Sizzla’s Kalonji album for X-terminator, and that was like 10 years ago…




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Mmmm, interesting & true. While compiling a list of artist & chunes for a "Rasta" mix Queen Ifrica struck me. I had to back up & listen to her twice on Genocide (Gangsta Law Riddim). My first take was that of a male voice deep, but in tune with something else othe than maleness. I listened again & heard an undercurrent of softness. Only then did i see the "Queen" in front of Ifrica. She displays a unique sound on this tune. ps I didn't find many female artist with the true earthiness of consciouness roots.




Comment by: the Jewel of Reggae- RUBy Date: 2008-03-14


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Mmmm, interesting & true. While compiling a list of artist & chunes for a "Rasta" mix Queen Ifrica struck me. I had to back up & listen to her twice on Genocide (Gangsta Law Riddim). My first take was that of a male voice deep, but in tune with something else othe than maleness. I listened again & heard an undercurrent of softness. Only then did i see the "Queen" in front of Ifrica. She displays a unique sound on this tune. ps I didn't find many female artist with the true earthiness of consciouness roots.




Comment by: the Jewel of Reggae- RUBy Date: 2008-03-14


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how do i download it ?




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