Queen Ifrica is not only about to drop new music, but has taken time out on radio, to call on her Montego Bay compatriots and other members of the Dancehall fraternity to unite, contending that keeping themselves polarized was doing Jamaica more harm than good.
The Times Like These artist was chatting with Bridge FM disc jockey Nikki Z, two days ago, when she made the plea.
“Wi nuh want no more divided Jamaica. Wi nuh want George Soros inna di miggle a wi Jamaica. Wi nuh want no agendas inna di miggle a wi Jamaica. Wi want wi Jamaica people fi know seh if we don’t love our self right now, no love is on the way fi us,” Ifrica said.
“We are going to be the official guinea pigs of this world. Right now, if wi nuh unite right now,” she added.
The in-studio video clip, which was seemingly extrapolated from a full interview, did not give much context as to what spurred the comments from Ifrica, but the comments she subsequently made about unity, are in tandem with her new track.
In her commentary with Nikki Z, she also made reference to her Montego Bay compatriots Squash and Shab Don, who are presently at the center of a controversy involving popular YouTuber Sir P of Politricks Watch.
“If Squash guh call Shab Don, and Shab Don call di next man ova deh suh, and di next man ova deh suh call Skilli, and Skilli call Rytikal an di whole grung come togedda; Intence call Alkaline, and Bounty Killa dem deh deh as di grandfather; Beenie Man and Vybz Kartel govern from anyweh him deh already, Buju Banton govern from anyweh. Dat a nuh di callin weh come on board right now fi Jamaican people. All who a chat can jus gwaan chat,” Ifrica said.
Yesterday, her spouse Tony Rebel posted a snippet of a new track from the Fyah Mumma, titled Bleed Out on his Instagram page, which gives some context as to Ifrica’s concerns.
The track is laid on the Greatness riddim by Innovation Muzik, which also features songs by Luciano, Tarrus Riley, and her Montego Bay compatriot, Nature Ellis.
Bleed Out calls on a slew of artists to come together, including Shaggy, I-Octane, Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Koffee, Skillibeng, Bounty Killer, Sean Paul, Ding Dong, Protoje among others.
Even acclaimed journalist and attorney-at-law Dionne Jackson Miller is mentioned as those who should unite in the ‘fix Jamaica quest’.
The name George Soros, which was mentioned by Ifrica, has been swirling around in Jamaica since Sir P, made a connection between the 91-year-old billionaire investor, the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Accompong Maroons.
Sir P had contended that the nonagenarian is, among other things, a puppet master, hell-bent on causing chaos between the Accompong Maroons and the rest of Jamaicans, using the Vice Magazine in which he has a financial interest, as a conduit, and in the case of the UWI, his Open Society Foundations (OSF).
The OSF which was founded by Soros, is described as the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for “justice, democratic governance, and human rights”.
The organisation provides thousands of grants annually through a network of national and regional foundations and offices, and funds a myriad of projects, many of which are said to be “shaped by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic”.
In September 2020, the UWI Regional Headquarters in Jamaica, noted that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
The University had said at the time that over the past six years, it had worked with Open Society and received grant funding that supported, among other things, the decriminalizing of same-sex relationships, ground-breaking child development research, and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leadership on cannabis decriminalization at regional and international levels.
The UWI had said the collaboration agreement between both institutions was the culmination of “several months of discussions in support of Open Society’s dedicated strategy for engaging the Caribbean, led by their Latin America Program team and the University Office of Global Partnerships and Sustainable Futures”.