Tony Rebel
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Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica are touring together again on this conscious, roots-oriented tour package. They have been touring together for years, and they are keeping it that way. This package features a full Jamaican entourage including a top notch band, background vocals and an engineer.

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. For years now, she toured the world as an opening act for Tony Rebel and his Flames crew. Now 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. Her voice is now heard regularly on the radio and in the streets worldwide with hits such as Lioness on the Rise, Daddy, Randy, Jus My Brethren and Below the Waist. She has now risen above the rest 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.

"A fresh deejay is coming, heading for the number 1". These words Turned out to be profoundly prophetic as Tony Rebel burst upon the scene in 1987 (?) and quickly established himself as one of the premier DJ's of the day.

In fact of the many big names 'running tings' back then, his is probably the one most commonly heard in the dancehall today. Tony inherited a proud legacy of Rastafarian accomplishment in the dancehall arena. This began in earnest with the likes of Father U-Roy, I-Roy, was passed on to Brigadier Jerry and now the spirit resides in Tony Rebels soul. Yes, there have been many other great artists, but there seems to be a mystic (undoubtedly natural) force which links these three in particular.

Even their voices have the same 'sweet' quality making their positive vibes especially easy for avid listeners to enjoy. Tony has taken the 'singjay' technique to impeccable levels. He remains a beacon, a solid rock upon which the opressed can depend for love and support. Every time he speaks, those who are so often ignored are heard; the mothers, children and youth man who struggle just to make it by each and every day. Yet his message is not for no one group nor class, but for all to revel. Nothing other than positivity, and livity emanate from his soul which warms those it touches.

His popularity and respect among both the deejay fraternity and dancehall massive more than attest to this. In 1993, Tony Rebel's popularity in yard led to a contract with Columbia. Unfortunately, 'sign of the times' did not perform well in the profit oriented US market. As always, it featured Rebel spreading nothing but conscious vibes, but it seems that the US just wasn't ready for a 'cultural revolution'. Tony Rebel's name was more apt five years ago; he was indeed a rebel, rallying against the slackness and guntalk which permeated the arena. Now, however, due much in part to his voice, not to mention that of the great Garnett Silk, a number of prominent artists such as Capleton, Buju Banton, and Terry Ganzie among others have found Selassie I. One can only hope that Rebel's continued presence allows this trend to expand...