Black Music Month: Queen Ifrica

June is Black Music Month and WERS at Night will recognize black musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters who have made enormous contributions to the music industry. Today, June 13th, Rockers is highlighting Queen Ifrica.

Queen Ifrica is known for her royal and modest look, not to mention her artistic style which is shown through her music. Some know her as royal empress or Fyah Muma, but she was born Ventrice Morgan in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the daughter of Ska music legend Derrick Morgan, which proves that music is in her heart and soul. Her purpose in the music industry is to help paint women in a new light in reggae by dressing modestly and using inspirational lyrics.

Her career began in 1995 when she performed at Reggae Sumfest singers’ night in her hometown Montego Bay. Reggae Sumfest is annual show held in Jamaica that produces the most popular artists of the year, both new and old. After Queen Ifrica performed at Reggae Sumfest in 1995, she had created a name for herself in Jamaica. After the country witnessed her talent, Tony Rebel could not help but take her under his wing and promote her talent. She started working with Rebel at his record label, Flames Production. Since then, she has been labeled one of the premier female artistes in reggae music. Our royal empress has worked on many projects with reggae’s finest producers and done plenty of combinations with artists like Tarrus Riley, Junior Kelly, Beres Hammond, and of course Tony Rebel, but she is recognized for so much more.

Queen Ifrica is known for her magnetic and fiery stage presence and has also crossed over internationally. She speaks bluntly through her music. All of her music has a message to portray whether it is about female feminism or a social issue. For example, in her single “Peace”, off of the World View Riddim, is dedicated to promoting peace. Her voice is very versatile -it’s what her fans like about her. It can be described as soft and sweet and the next it could be described soulful with a deep baritone. However it sounds, her voice works and is very distinguishable.

The Queen is a Rastafarian. Her roots and lifestyle are secured in the Rastafarian faith, which is reflected through her music and choice of clothing. She is a powerful force with nothing but love to spread to the music industry. Queen Ifrica is an active community leader and is involved in several outreach programs. She has performed in many free shows whose donations go towards charities and children in Jamaica’s inner city. Queen Ifrica remains grounded and spirit free it continues to make inspirational music.

By Jessika Daley

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