#WCW-Mama Ifrica

Hello and High my lovely blogees!

First and foremost, to all of you on the east coast, especially Washington, D.C., PLEASE BE CAREFUL! I’M SENDING PROTECTIVE ENERGY AND POSITIVE VIBES! STAY SAFE!!! Make sure you all check on your loved ones!

Now, let’s get to know Mama Ifrica, this week’s #WCW! I remember listening to today’s #WCW for the first time in college, and her music being part of the soundtrack to my cannabis journey. Her voice is amazing, soul stirring, and a tool of activism!

Born Ventrice Morgan in Montego Bay, Jamaica to reggae/ska legend Derrick Morgan. Raised as a rastafarian, she was taught the importance of ganja (cannabis) for health and the religion.

queen-ifrica

After winning a talent competition in Montego Bay, she continued to perform and light up the stage at festivals and local concerts. Her big break came in 1998, when Tony Rebel heard her perform at an event honoring the late Garnett Silk, another reggae legend. Rebel asked her to join his group, Flames Production Camp, and they performed in the world reknown Reggae Sumfest later that year.

Her solo career is littered with hits, including  “Daddy,” “Below The Waist,” and “Randy, her music also expressed her connection to cannabis and its importance. “Sensimilla” was one of my favorites, along with “Medical Marijuana”, her latest album!

Since this she has gone on to work as a solo artist after having built a reputation for herself. The Queen has produced such singles such as “Randy” and “Boxers and Stockings” which are a mainstay on local airwaves. Her music shows strong ties to her Rastafarian beliefs as most of her lyrics are laced with these principles. She has also amassed a large following due to the raw nature of her lyrics as she is not afraid to put her own struggles on display as is evident by songs such as “Daddy” and “Below the Waist”.

The Queen never lost touch with her community, being a volunteer and organizer of numerous efforts, and using her music along the way.  Additionally, she gained international fame as co-producer for “,” a song for the United Nations Celebration of the Year of Volunteers. Millions of people were touched by that song, and her place as a reggae legend was secured.  Her music continued to advocate the use and need for cannabis.

Check these lyrics from “Sinsemilla”:

Sinsemilla give me a vibe sah
To blaze in my chalwah
Getting me higher
Sinsemilla give me a vibe sah
To blaze in my chalwah
Getting me higher

Nuttin nuh sweet like a good spliff
Before or after yuh meal
Especially if yuh just mek love to Oneil
Eeeh Camiel
It sweet like sugar
Mi sure fi a fact it mek man work proper
Babylon stop curell mi herb field with yuh chopper
Before di prophet haffi tell yuh say yuh can’t tan yah
Long time Isreal a chant fi Hoshanna
Isanabraka watch the eden a flatter
So how wi full a joy always happy
A di lambs breed weh always deh inna wi meddi

And here’s one of her many performances:

 

Lift ya spliff for the queen! Thank you Queen Ifrica for your music, your spirit, and your fight!

Stay elevated blogees!

 

Note: Although she is rumored to be anti-LGBTQ, which is devastating, I am honored to highlight another Black woman’s efforts in cannabis. Having to separate my personal beliefs from the goal of this blog is my job, but I remain very clear in my stance, regardless. I SUPPORT AND AM A MEMBER OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY.

 

 

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