J Capri inspires Ifrica's Caribbean Wine
Queen Ifrica came on stage on the second night of Rebel Salute 2016 in dramatic fashion, swung high above the VIP area in a container branded by Ward's Power Tools, mounted on a boom.
She modified Adele's Hello for the occasion and the audience at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann, cheered. The appreciation continued as Ifrica did Born Free, Lioness on the Rise and Heroes, the songs done at length.
Then Ifrica did a new track, Caribbean Wine. Before performing it, she noted that it is not what she is normally about. "This song come to me when J Capri died," Queen Ifrica said.
Ifrica asked for acknowledgement from the audience that J Capri had great potential and got it.
The dancehall song centres on the waistline of the Caribbean woman, however, it was the trio of female harmony singers who did the relevant movements, Ifrica sticking to her accustomed dancing, arms extended.
The song mentions not only J Capri, but also Lady Saw, Fay Lyons and Macka Diamond. Although it may seem unusual that Queen Ifrica had that
affinity for J Capri, she also stated that there is no segregation in music.
J Capri died in December 2015 from injuries she received in a car accident. Deejay Marion 'Lady Saw' Hall received her calling from the Lord at the late dancehall performer's funeral.
The 23rd staging of Rebel Salute was held last Friday and Saturday. Sanchez delivered a standout performance on night one, dubbed Singer's Paradise, while Beres Hammond
presented a spectacular 90-minute set to bring up dawn on Sunday. Among the numerous
performers were Richie Spice, Ken Boothe, Half Pint, David Brooks, I-Octane, Luciano and the duo of Tanto Metro and Devonte.