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Princess Sharifa

b. Michelle Gibb, 1969, Scotland. Sharifa liked to sing and recite poetry from an early on age and proven her burgeoning vocal abilities when she became a member of her primary college choir. In her adolescence she shaped a vocal group with two college friends, accompanied from the drum ‘n’ bass of Lawrence and Chris ‘Scratchy Fingertips’ Lecky, primarily performing in college concerts. By the first 80s Sharifa started to adhere to the audio systems and shifted with Dennis Rowe’s Saxon Seems. Although Sharifa hadn’t performed for the audio herself, she’s acknowledged being affected by Maxi Priest, Phillip Papa Levi, Smiley Tradition and Tippa Irie. During her formative years she liked to create poetry, and, influenced from the exhilaration produced in the dancehall, she started to develop her songwriting abilities. In 1985 Sharifa got her first possibility to arranged her tracks to music when the drummer from her college band asked her to execute with Jah Basis. By the middle-80s Sharifa’s catalogue comprised tracks associated with the experiences from the African areas in the united kingdom, as proven in her debut, ‘Battle This Fight Collectively’. She also embraced Ras Tafari, as Mind Inventor, in her seek out truth and social identification. This indoctrination resulted in a significant modification of life-style and appearance. With Jah Basis she obtained notoriety when she performed inside a gala concert for Africa staged in Paris, France. The concert resulted in her becoming in continuous demand like a support vocalist from 1986-91, with shows throughout Europe, the united states and Jamaica. In 1992 she was asked to sing for the Haile Selassie Centenary compilation, which she performed ‘Obtain Ready’. Furthermore to her single contribution, she supplied support vocals for Earl Sixteen, Horace Andy, Junior Delgado and Aqua Levi. The task also resulted in her preliminary encounter with Norman Offer, lead singer from the Twinkle Brothers and proprietor from the moral Twinkle label. In 1990, she started recording using the Mad Teacher at Ariwa Noises where, dating back to 1984, she acquired provided support vocals on ‘Kookoo Macka’. In 1994, Ariwa released Root base Daughters Component 3 offering the Princess, and her single debutHeritage, including tracks documented in Jamaica with Sly Dunbar and Lloyd ‘Gitsy’ Willis. In 1995, Sharifa was reunited with Norman Offer with whom she documented ‘The Truth Will Prevail’ and ‘A Fi Reach Back again A Africa’, culminating in her initial album using the Twinkle production group.

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