Kingston native Beenie man finally receives his official crown, King of the Dancehall.
The concept isn’t new. As far as we knew Beenie Man had already crowned himself King of the Dancehall with his 2004 hit titled just that. Plus we’ve been jamming to his Caribbean beats since “Who Am I” hit airwaves in the late ’90s. But Jamaica had to make it official.
This past weekend at the 2009 Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica, veteran dancehall queen Lady Saw presented Beenie Man with the award in front of 30,000 people during his performance. And what did the award consist of? A crown and a royal purple robe, of course…along with a lifetime of official bragging rights.
“I’d like to thank [Sumfest Executive Director] Johnny Gourzong and the Reggae Sumfest staff for supporting me all these years and for honoring my legacy,” said Beenie, whose real name is Moses Davis.
Word is that Beenie Man will be celebrating his three decades of music with an all-star concert in Kingston on August 22, with appearances by Heavy D, Hurricane Chris and Rick Ross.
The Brookland Entertainment Recording artist is also working on his 19th (yes, we said 19th) studio album titled The Legend Returns. It will hit stores in the fall. Congratulations Beenie Man!
– Christina Coleman
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