Queen Ifrica has shared her thoughts on the comments Sean Paul and Stonebwoy made regarding the origin of reggae and dancehall. The Ghanaian reggae/dancehall artiste claimed last month that reggae and dancehall originated in Africa. His comments sparked criticism on the internet from many Jamaicans, who strongly opposed this notion. However, international dancehall artiste Sean Paul, who spoke to the Ghanaian musician during his IG Livestream expressed that he shares the same belief. During the live session, Sean Paul said that the source of reggae and dancehall was Africa and told StoneBwoy that he was not wrong.
However, conscious Rastafarian singer Queen Ifrica strongly disagrees with what both entertainers said and told them to check their history. In a video, the Lioness On The Rise singer stated that reggae music and dancehall music are “indigenous to Jamaica.”
“I don’t know what the big rush is fi stamp out Jamaica and everything weh Jamaica represent, even for Africa, but I think you guys are ahead of yourselves in what you think you know about Jamaica,” she said.
While emphasising that Jamaica is the birthplace of these genres, Queen Ifrica added that Jamaica was not originally a slave plantation, but “unscrupulous Africans” joined forces with the colonial slave trade to sell the people on the island. She subsequently stated that while all black people are from Africa, reggae and dancehall originated in Jamaica. “We need fi get we story together as black people and don’t fight amongst ourselves about our truth, but research and know our truth for real as a people,” she concluded.
Watch the video of Queen Ifrica below.