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Prevention of child abuse: Queen Ifrica tops the chart with song against incest

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Write another song for children: UNICEF Representative Bertrand Bainvel presents dance hall star Queen Ifrika with a UNICEF pen and urges her to write another song for children during her visit to UNICEF on Friday, November 16, 2007

Queen Ifrica sings against incest and child abuse

In the month when the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse is being commemorated, dance hall star Queen Ifrica has hit the Jamaican charts with a song which draws the line against incest.    "Daddy" with its plaintive cry "don't touch me there" has been receiving daily air play and has even stirred up some controversy with influential persons advocating a ban.   The Gleaner newspaper has named her "Artist of the Month"  for November 2007. 

Accompanied by her manager reggae star Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica visited the UNICEF office on November 16 to present a copy of the CD to the Representative Bertrand Bainvel.     Queen Ifrica stated that she was moved to write the song after hearing a particular story and since then she become a kind of  unofficial counsellor to the many girls who have called to pour out their hearts to her.   She has promised to work with UNICEF to stamp out this scourge.

On November 19, World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Queen Ifrica was the featured performer at the Candle Light Vigil held by the Child Development Agency at Emancipation Park.   During the vigil, the names of  children murdered or killed in traffic accidents were read out.

Below are the lyrics to Queen Ifrica's "Daddy".


stop it daddy
daddy stop it nuh
a going to tell on you enuh
daddy don’t touch mi there
i’m gonna tell on you one day i swear
can’t you see i’m scared
you suppose to be ma father

everyday a wonder why ma daddy had to be di one to take away my innocence
oh sometimes a wanna die feels like no one cares for me and it’s evident
that something must be wrong with me
i’m not as happy as i seem to be
the long showers i take don’t wash away the memories
why do i have to face these tragedies
we go thru struggles in life i’m aware
but to have ma daddy touching me that’s just not fair
stop him from destroying ma future
believe me he’s behaving like a creature

Rpt. Chorus:
to all you mothers out there
give a listening ear
pay attention even if di man a pastor
yuh affi mek sure before yuh trust him wid yuh daughta
plus him will even try fi tek yuh son as brawta
watch it mek mi duck him wid some dutty watah
yuh cyaah hide nuh more now yuh affi meet yuh karma
if yuh know seh it a gwaan and turn a blind eye

den yuh judgment ago pile up bout a mile high
get suicidal if yuh tink it ago save yuh
because mi sure seh yuh naah guh get fi si di saviour
mi just cyaah find a name fi yuh behaviour
is a lucky ting wi got a nosey neighbour

Rpt. Chorus: Verse 3
when yuh feel like giving up
just shake it off and live it up
di most high will deliver you
cyaah jump di rope if yuh nuh try
suh wipe da tears deh from yuh eye
get di wings of confidence fi mek yuh fly
tribulations a just fi mek yuh stronga
love yuh self and it will help yuh fi get ova
any flesh weh hurt a likkle yute will neva prospa
a passing on di message from di masta

Repeat verse 1, chorus 1







World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse: UNICEF offices in the Caribbean call for policy makers to make a concerted effort to end the scourge of child abuse

On November 19 - World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse the UNICEF offices in Jamaica, Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago issued a statement expressing concern at the level of  abuse against children and called on governments in the Caribbean to take action.  Please click on "word" to read statement.


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