TONY REBEL & QUEEN IFRICA – Fyah Muma – Rebel Salute – No Alcohol – available Feb / March
TONY REBEL & QUEEN IFRICA –TOUR NORTH AMERICA – FEBRUARY, MARCH 2013
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Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica are touring North America together again January, February 2013. This is a conscious, hardcore roots-oriented tour package. They have been touring together for many years. This years entourage features a top notch Jamaican band and cream of the crop background vocalists.
Tony Rebel was the progenitor of the sing jay style, a melodic mix of dancehall DJ toasting and singing. Tony sings a roots-oriented dancehall style. He and his brethren, the late Garnet Silk initiated a spiritual renaissance within the youthful dancehall component of Jamaican reggae. Uplifting conscious oriented hits such as Fresh Vegetable, Sweet Jamaica and Jah by My Side spread Tony Rebel’s name and songs far and wide. Tony Rebel is a leader in Jamaica’s Cultural Revolution. He sings songs with themes of self-awareness, self- reliance, personal responsibility and determination. These values help strengthen the listener’s awareness of righteous concepts and ideals, encouraging people to live more positively. For his community, Tony does volunteer work giving speeches, charity performances and collaborating on social agenda committee’s. Tony Rebel’s annual festival — The Rebel Salute – is now the largest festival of its kind in the Caribbean.
The other artist on this package, Queen Ifrica’s love light is ever shining. She has become one of the most sought after artists in the Reggae business. Queen Ifrica is very outspoken for the cause of the people. For years Queen Ifrica has toured the world as an opening act for Tony Rebel and his Flames crew. Her popularity has risen with a string of hit songs and she is called on from all corners of the world. She is the daughter of the renown elder vocalist, Derrick Morgan. Queen Ifrica is effervescent, strong, self- assured, and humble. On stage, her conscious charisma, melodious hooks and fluid delivery contribute to her currently being a serious musical force to be reckoned with. Along with her conscious message she brings fun and happiness to her performances. Her voice is now heard regularly on the radio and in the streets of the world with hits such as Lioness on the Rise, Daddy, Randy, Jus My Brethren and Below the Waist. She has now risen above most of the other reggae acts and has established herself internationally as a crowd favorite. She is currently in great demand. Queen Ifrica is a hot reggae commodity worldwide, but as a strong conscious female role model.
BIOGRAPHY: TONY REBEL
Tony Rebel (OD) remains at the vanguard of a musical trend he inspired over 20 years ago- his conviction and ingenuity to depart from the conventional approach to Jamaican popular music; whilst promoting the idea of righteousness and a code of honor through reggae- is what has set this rebel apart!
A REBEL IS BORN
Patrick Barrett aka Tony Rebel born January 15, 1962– first caught public attention in 1984 and 1985 winning the premier DJ competition in Manchester by using a gritty yet melodic style that bridged the gap between Reggae and Dancehall- a style that would eventually become known to the world as- Sing-Jaying.
However, his official sojourn into the music business didn’t come until 1991 and one smash hit later with- “Fresh Vegetable” on the Penthouse Label.
Drawing on his formative experiences in the verdant hills of Manchester, Jamaica- where many of his age turned to the soil- a young Papa Tony, as he was then known; realized just how much time and attention it would take before his musical aspirations would bear fruit or in the Rebel’s case- vegetables.
In 1988 he and then fellow aspiring artiste; the late Garnet Silk, took a taxi to Kingston with the intention of reaping all of the hard work they intended to sow.
After two years of emoting songs such as: “Sweet Jamaica”, “Nazarite Vow” and “Armour”. The rebel began his rise- when Colombia Records came to harvest his talent.
Noting his enigmatic and creative writing and delivery, Tony was prolific during his years at Colombia: double featuring on the Grammy nominated “Stir-It-Up” compilation, achieving certified Gold Status with the “Cool Running’s“ soundtrack. 1991 saw Tony team up with Motown artiste Queen Latifa on their billboard busting single “Weekend Love”. His album “Vibes of the Times“ shot straight to # 1 on the CMJ charts.
A REBEL LEADS THE CAUSE
In a career that spans; two decades -10 albums, several compilations and 14 years of promoting a spiritual renaissance within reggae. Tony rebel is on his way to becoming a reggae mogul. Not just a musician, but also as a producer; with his studio Flames production nearing the final stages of completion. His most tangible success to date however; has come as the promoter of Rebel Salute.
The embodiment of practice what you preach Tony Rebel makes lifestyle music, and music that styles lives — His annual conscious music showcase Rebel Salute is the largest of its kind in the Caribbean. Yet still observes its founding principles of no meat and no alcohol. 15 years after its inception –the continued success of Rebel Salute is a signpost that the path Tony Rebel had chosen all those years ago was the right one.
THE HONOURED REBEL
Tony Rebel’ contributions within international and local music circles have not gone unnoticed- lauded today as a leader in Jamaica’s “cultural revolution” Patrick Barrett was awarded the Order of Distinction from the Government of Jamaica in 2002.
His social consciousness has led him to venture into areas of volunteerism honoring a complete schedule of; motivational speaking, charity performances and work on various social agenda committee’s. His selection by UNICEF- as chair for the ‘Artistes against AIDS’ campaign, seemed a natural step in his humanitarian efforts. His prayer “Peace love and unity“ was adopted as the theme music for Jamaican general elections in 1997, whilst “Jah by my side” a monster success re-recorded in French and Spanish- was the official theme music for the Reggae Boyz run to the world cup at France 98.
However it was the United Nations International search for a theme song that earned the Rebel the personal commendations of then general secretary Kofi Annan. The “Not all about the money“ global song search selected Tony Rebel’s music to launch the international year of the volunteer in 2001.
THE REBOLUTION CONTINUES
Tony rebel the progenitor of the sing jay style remains contemporary without sacrificing class. Today theRebel sings for the acceptance of personal responsibility-self realization and determination. His themes:- The pursuit of self awareness and the knowledge that the trials of life are there to be conquered, infuse his first album release in 6 years- I Rebel; with a musical maturity unmatched in reggae.
The Rebel revels in his musical manifesto with the latest album I REBEL – an induction into the rebel lifestyle. He even shares a track entitled “music” with action star turned musician Steven Segal. Apt, in thatTony Rebel brings music to action. The Album is a musical map along the path less traveled; the path of the free thinker, the path of the Rebel!
BIOGRAPHY: QUEEN IFRICA
Since the 1960s, the Rastafarian way of life has provided the cultural depth that makes reggae unlike any other popular music. Rastafarians have expressed their adherence to a disciplined diet, allegiance to an African homeland and especially the exaltation of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I as the Messiah in many of reggae’s most memorable songs. But the Rastafarian female voice is rarely heard in reggae and even scarcer is the Rastafarian female artist who possesses a repertoire of hits appealing to traditional reggae fans and dancehall devotees alike. Staking her claim towards obliterating Jamaican music’s longstanding gender determined restrictions is sing-jay Queen Ifrica whose stirring mix of spiritually empowering anthems, lover’s rock tunes and searing social commentaries are featured on her much anticipated, dynamic debut for VP Records, “Montego Bay”, which will be released on June 16.
Born Ventrice Morgan on March 25, 1975, Queen Ifrica was raised by her mother and stepfather, as well as a supportive Rastafarian community in Jamaica’s resort capital Montego Bay. “The name Ifrica was given to me by my mom; she and my step dad were of the Rastafarian faith and that is where my real cultural awareness comes from,” she reveals. Ifrica was in her 20s before she really got to know her father, pioneering ska singer Derrick Morgan, but the two enjoy a close relationship today. “We have a serious connection and we don’t miss the fact that we didn’t know each other for that period,” Ifrica explains. “Sometimes he gives me advice on how to get my melodies people friendly and it is appreciated because he is from where the music began.”
Queen Ifrica initially attracted attention when she outshone the other contestants at a1995 talent contest held at Montego Bay’s Club Inferno. But it was an auspicious December 1998 meeting with venerable cultural sing-jay and producer Patrick “Tony Rebel” Barrett, following her performance at a concert honoring the late reggae singer Garnet Silk, which provided Ifrica with a significant opportunity in the music business. Ifrica’s performance of two Silk tunes so impressed Rebel (who had mentored the beloved Silk early in his career), he offered to cultivate her talent through his Kingston based Flames Productions. “I saw the same qualities in that performance I have seen in other males who became big stars including Garnet Silk,” comments Rebel, who produced six of the thirteen songs on “Montego Bay”, several of which he co-wrote with Ifrica. “Over the years I watched her develop into a fine artist.”
The Rebel presented the Queen at the January 1999 staging of his annual cultural reggae extravaganza Rebel Salute and shortly thereafter she relocated to Kingston from Montego Bay to fully concentrate on her music. Rebel drew from his enduring success in the business and hit filled catalogue (“If Jah”, “Sweet Jamaica”) and supplied Ifrica with invaluable insights for refining her writing skills, liberating her vocal delivery and polishing up her stage presence. “When I listen to songs I voiced back in the 90s, I wasn’t connecting with the words I was singing but now I understand how to relax,” notes Ifrica. “To gain confidence as a performer Rebel said I have to convince people of the story I am trying to tell. He told me to envision myself singing to thousands of people.”
That vision has become a glorious reality as Queen Ifrica now commands audiences of thousands performing at concerts in the United States, at European festivals and especially at stage shows across Jamaica where her music’s ability to torch societal ills has earned her the affectionate moniker “Fyah Muma”. The breadth of Queen Ifrica’s extraordinary writing talents and the unmistakable conviction that now characterizes her vocals can be heard throughout “Montego Bay”.
The album opens with “T.T.P.N.C.” which stands for Tribute to The Pitfour Nyabinghi Center, located in Montego Bay. The Rebel produced song honors the elders within the Rastafarian community where Ifrica was raised. Several of those elders lend their reverential drumming and chanting to “T.T.P.N.C.” supporting Ifrica’s rousing recitation of praises to the Most High and reinforcing the resolute Rastafarian female tenor that distinguishes “Montego Bay” from the majority of reggae releases.
Despite its multitude of pristine beaches and opulent resorts Montego Bay is a city wracked by poverty, violence and unemployment; however tourists are shielded from these grim realities in the confines of their all-inclusive hotels. The Queen duly voices her outrage at such glaring discrepancies on this dancehall styled title track, also produced by Rebel: “Fyah Muma blaze we have to represent, long time we a suffer let we make a statement/ children nah have nowhere fi play, people fed up in every way, welcome to Montego Bay”.
The first single for the international market “Lioness on the Rise” was produced by Donovan Germain whose label Penthouse Records played a significant role in Rebel’s early ’90s career ascent. Sung over a luxuriant one drop rhythm, Ifrica’s vocals assuredly deliver the call and response chorus that summarizes her music’s role in uplifting her people: “You can call me by my name (I am ready to roll), once the rules remain the same (how the story’s been told), call me any time (never cop out) a lioness is on the rise, don’t you ever have doubt”.
The lioness brings a 21st century edge to Rasta chanting traditions on “Yad the East” produced by Steve and Adrian Locke and Victan Edmunds. Here Ifrica extols Haile Selassie I through street savvy rhymes chatted in a guttural deejay style: “you never see Halie Selassie I a go hype yet, and the man neva big up wrongs over right yet/Babylon said dem have the vision but them no sight yet/but if it a credit card dem ready fi go swipe it.”
The classic rhythm from the Rastafari anthem Satta Massagana is updated on Rebel’s production of “Coconut Shell”, a celebration of the Rastafarian sacred herb, marijuana, with the Queen’s smoky delivery lingering in your head like billowing clouds of sensimilla. Donovan Germain reworks another timeless rhythm, “Movie Star” for his production of “Don’t Sign” which urges caution before making a decision, as Ifrica rightly warns: “the fine print always have a secret code and it could hurt you down the road”.
The African inspired choral chants on “Calling Africa”, another Rebel production, fortify Ifrica’s words, which underscore some of the maladies afflicting the motherland and what her children scattered throughout the Diaspora must do to assist her. “A lot of genocide is taking place in Africa, whether it is through AIDs or the situation in Darfur,” Ifrica declares, “and this song says we need to come together to do something and the African leaders have a big role to play in directing us.”
Ifrica displays her romantic side over a mesmeric one-drop beat on the rapturously sung hit “Far Away”, produced by Rickman Warren. She demonstrates even greater vocal diversity on another lovers rock tune “In My Dreams”, produced by C. Hurst, where her quixotic husky tone is reminiscent of the iconic song stylist Nina Simone.
One of the biggest hits of Ifrica’s career “Daddy” courageously shines a light on the often-shunned topic of paternal incest. Produced by Kemar “DJ Flava” McGregor, Ifrica’s deeply emotive approach vacillates between the voice of a frightened child and the observations of an infuriated commentator determined to expose this scourge on behalf of all abused children. Certain sectors within Jamaican society were so disturbed by “Daddy’s” subject matter, they attempted to get the song banned but the masses embraced it and sent it to the top of the charts. “I wanted corporate Jamaica to realize that if a society is engulfed by violence we have to look at the homes where these violent tendencies are coming from,” remarks Ifrica who despite her hectic schedule spends a great deal of time counseling abuse victims and other disadvantaged individuals through volunteer community outreach programs. “When politicians want to win elections they run surveys to find out exactly where the most violence is coming from; if they tried to break this problem down from that angle, we would get more solutions.” A previously unreleased Spanish language version of “Daddy” over a Latin-reggae flavored rhythm, produced by Rebel, is also included on “Montego Bay”.
Queen Ifrica’s continually defends the children through her music. Her 2008 hit “Keep It To Yourself” produced by Donovan “Don Corleon” Bennett, finds the Fyah Muma blazing against the increasing atrocities experienced by children in Jamaica and worldwide, and the corrupt forces unwilling to penalize such heinous actions. Jamaica’s spiraling gun violence, which affects all ages, is addressed in the Rebel produced “Streets Are Bloody”, a previously released tune is redone here acoustically as a heartfelt tribute to 20 year old Flames engineer E’jon Peart who was killed at a Kingston dance when a Jamaican soldier opened fire on an unsuspecting crowd.
It takes an exceptionally sophisticated writer to translate topics as solemn as incest, random violence and abject poverty into hit songs; scarcer still is the artist whose uncompromised opinions posit possible answers to these social disorders. Queen Ifrica achieves that rarefied balance throughout “Montego Bay” and the strikingly complex Rastafarian female voice she brings to reggae is certain to engage the uninitiated as well as the seasoned fan.
“I want people who hear this record to understand what my aspirations are for this world.” she discloses, “All that effort we put towards dispute support we can put towards solution support.”
A lioness is on the rise, don’t you ever have doubt.
Contact: Peter Wardle
King’s Music International
Phone: (510) 326-8445 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org