Tonight at the Lions Centre
Fans of Beenie Man, get ready to party. The internationally acclaimed Jamaican reggae/dancehall artist is scheduled to headline the Summer Swing concert, tonight at the Lions Centre.
Also billed to take to the stage are D’Angel, Tessanne and dancehall duo RDX. Local acts are Andrea Rivera, Excellent Medley, Michelle T, Fabian Findley, Big J, Ally B, Fresh Boyz, Mikey Spade and Jason Gilbert, aka J.G. of hit song Summer is Over.
MC for the night will be MC Richie B, from HOT 102 FM Jamaica.
Beenie Man is a multi-platinum, Grammy award and MOBO winner. According to promoter Chris Durrant of Yardman Music, Beenie Man last took to the stage in Cayman in 2004 at a concert held at King’s Sports Centre. D Angel, Tessanne and RDX will perform for the first time in Cayman.
‘Beenie Man is currently at the peak of his career,’ Mr. Durrant said.
‘He is called The King of Dancehall and has the current number one, Back It Up, on the Jamaica weekly top 30.
‘The crowds are going to love him.’
Beenie Man has been involved in the music industry from the tender age of eight, when he released his first single Too Fancy, in 1981.
The youngster continued to perform and DJ throughout the 80s and in 1992 Beenie made a name for himself at the famous Reggae Sun Splash by going after rival musician Bounty Killer in what would become an infamous back-and-forth.
A slew of national hits ensued through out the 90s, including World Dance and Slam, and in 1994, the artist, born Anthony Moses Davis, released his critically acclaimed album Blessed.
But it was in 1997, on the strength of his crossover smash of his Grammy-nominated Many Moods Of Moses and it’s single Who Am I?, that Beenie exploded as an international superstar.
The 2000 album Art And Life, garnered the artist a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album and bought the star international acclaim, with hits such as Girls Dem Sugar featuring Mya, and Love Me Now.
His latest album release, Undisputed, boasts production by the likes of Elephant Man, Sizzla, Tony Kelly, Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, and appearances by Akon, Brooke Valentine and reggaeton artist Voltio,
Michelle Downer, aka D’Angel, was born and raised in Spanish Town, Jamaica and first found success as a model in the early 90s, and later as a fashion boutique owner.
With the fashion world conquered, D’Angel attempted to pursue her first love – music – and started penning her own songs. Her first solo effort, Hottie Girls, was released in 2004, and was followed by Blow, produced by Cordel ‘Scatta’ Burrell. In 2005, the artist found success with the single Livin Uptown, which pipped number one on the local charts.
In 2006, D’Angel cemented her popularity, marrying Beenie Man. The duo released an infectious collaboration, One Man, which quickly became the hottest dancehall anthem.
To date, the artist has worked with Macka Diamond, Kiprich and Ras Ghandi and is currently working on her debut album, Blessed Child, scheduled for release in 2008.
‘D’Angel has created a big name for herself in Jamaica,’ Mr. Durrant said.
Commenting on the other artists, Mr. Durrant said he wanted a softer side to the concert.
‘Tessanne is a new singing sensation in Jamaica. Instead of hardcore dancehall she has a softer R&B/dancehall blend. It will bring a different flavour to the event.’
The concert will also include three gospel artists; Michelle T, Nadine Hilton and Apostle Steve Burrell.
‘Although this is a dancehall concert, we wanted to invite some gospel artists to ensure God was there,’ Mr. Durrant said.
Part proceeds from the event will go to FC International, a George Town based football club.
Tickets are $25 pre-sold, available from Funky Tangs, Reflections, champion Accessories and Quik Cash, $30 at the gate. Those attending the Green Synergy event at the Mango Tree are eligible for discount tickets. Doors open at 7pm; show time is 10pm. Beenie Man is scheduled to take to the stage at 12pm.