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Queen Ifrica returns to North American circuit

BY SADE GARDNER
Observer writer
gardners@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Queen Ifrica is scheduled to perform in New York next month at Beres Hammond's Singers in Action show, four years after the singjay was removed from a show in that city due to pressure from the gay community.

The event takes place at The Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island on August 5. Etana and Tony Rebel are also billed.

Queen Ifrica did not wish to speak about the incident which transpired in 2014 or related matters. However, she is looking forward to next month's show.

“It's always a pleasure to perform anywhere in the world,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “New York is a Diaspora place and I'm always excited to perform for my fans.”

She is also scheduled to perform in Sacramento, California, this summer.

In May 2014, Queen Ifrica was dropped as headliner at Amazura Concert Hall in Queens after a 200-strong protest by members of the gay community to have her removed.

A year earlier, the entertainer voiced her disapproval of homosexuality during Jamaica's Independence Grand Gala in August at the National Stadium in Kingston. Her microphone was turned off and then Culture Minister Lisa Hanna expressed regret at her statements.

In response, Ifrica's management released a statement which, in part, read: “Queen Ifrica expresses that, while she remains grounded in her morals which espouses heterosexuality, she wants to make it abundantly and emphatically clear that she does not condone nor has ever supported or advocated violence against any group or community, whether implicitly or explicitly.”

In 2013, Queen Ifrica was pulled from the line-up of Rastafest in Montreal, Canada, following protests by gay activists there.

Queen Ifrica (born Ventrice Morgan) released her Reggae Billboard chart-topping album Climb last year, making her the first Jamaican female artiste in three years to hold the number one spot.

She is also known for songs like Below the Waist, Lioness on The Rise, Times Like These and Daddy.

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