|Birth name||Ventrice Morgan|
|Also known as||Fyah Muma|
25 March 1975 |
Montego Bay, Jamaica
|Associated acts||Tony Rebel|
Ventrice Morgan, whose stage name is Queen Ifrica, is a reggae singer and disc jockey from the hills above Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the daughter of ska music legend Derrick Morgan but was raised by her mother and stepfather.
A Rastafarian by faith, she is known for her work in the community and for writing songs about deeply personal subject matter in songs such as Below the Waist and Daddy. However, the subject matter of her work also has expressed homophobia, such as in Keep It To Yourself.
|This section may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. The specific problem is: Pro LGBT bias, especially when it uses the term "homophobic". (April 2015)|
According to The Jamaica Online Star, during a performance at the Grand Gala on Tuesday, 6 August 2013, Queen Ifrica made statements glorifying male straightness and heterosexual marriage. The Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) expressed disappointment over anti-gay statements stating that her sentiments are an example of the constant prejudice that is being allowed to take prominence on the national stage in Jamaica. They also stated that the remarks she made bears some resemblance to statements fellow reggae recording artiste Tony Rebel made at the same event last year. Her response was, "Like myself, I think they are exercising their right to speak for what they believe in. However, I think it is unfair for them to incriminate me when there is no incrimination there. I simply spoke for what I believed in. They should simply speak from what they believe in but not try to tarnish my character in the process." She went on to say, "I never caused the beheading of anyone. If I did then there would be a problem. Until a member of the gay community can give birth from their union they should not be abrasive to heterosexuals, because they came from that union."
In August 2013, a gay rights group, Jamaica Association of Gays and Lesbians Abroad (JAGLA, started an online campaign to have the Canadian government withdraw Ifrica from a concert called Rastafesta due to her history on using homophobic lyrics such as "no fish" and "no faggotism".
The Metronews Newspaper in Canada later reported that she was withdrawn from the show after pressure from the sponsors and other officials.
- Toronto music festival feature homophobic Jamaican headliner? Daily Extra
- http://metronews.ca/news/toronto/775149/headlining-artists-rastafest-performance-cancelled-after-homophobia-complaints/ Headlining artists Rastafest performance cancelled after homophobia complaints Metro News (Toronto)
- Bonitto, Brian (2014) "Gays block Queen Ifrica", Jamaica Observer, 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014