Sunday, 3 June 2012

NEWS & NOTES: Beenie Man gets work permit for US summer concert

It’s been two years since Beenie Man’s US work permit has been revoked, but the dancehall veteran is poised to perform once more on American soil. According to reports, Beenie (né Moses Davis) is among the top acts confirmed to perform at the inaugural “Groovin’ In The Park” concert on July 1 at the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. In April 2010, Beenie was one of the five local entertainers whose visas and work permits were revoked by the US Embassy in Kingston.

“I am extremely excited to announce that our booking agent here in New York was able to secure a work permit for Beenie Man to be a headline performer at this year’s 'Groovin In the Park' concert,” said an elated Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc. “Music fans in the tri-state area have been waiting for a very long time for the opportunity to see Beenie Man perform live in the USA again. I am glad we were instrumental in making it happen for the fans. Beenie Man is an extremely talented entertainer and we are happy that he will be again able to showcase his talents on stage in New York.”

R&B crooner R. Kelly was originally booked for the concert but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts. “Kelly will no longer perform because of a conflict with the date of our festival,” Roberts noted. “We have added Beenie Man and also plan to add an exciting high-calibre R&B artiste to the lineup. An announcement will be forthcoming shortly.”

The other headliners set for “Groovin In The Park” include Boyz II Men, Jimmy Cliff and Beres Hammond. For tickets, go to

In other music news: two years after recording the smash hit “Brown Skin Girl,” Sean Paul and Chris Brown have joined forces again for “Won’t Stop (Turn Me Out),” written and produced by Rico Love. It’s speculated that the collabo is among the singles for Brown’s upcoming release, Fortune, due out July 3.

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