Get your reg­gae on in New­town

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BEENIE MAN is ex­cited to be back in the coun­try to per­form for the peo­ple.

“This time it will be a to­tally en­er­getic show. It’s not a band show, as this venue usu­ally has. It will be me and my DJ stars, and re­gard­less of the band or DJ, the show will re­main the same. It’s the same en­ergy,” said the Girls Dem Sugar hit­maker, who is cur­rently on his Un­stop­pable tour.

Beenie Man, whose real name is An­thony Moses Davis, will be bring­ing the Ja­maican reg­gae sound back to the coun­try with the King of the Dance­hall con­cert in cel­e­bra­tion of his 25 years in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

Shar­ing the stage with him will be South African reg­gae leg­ends Jah Seed and Ad­mi­ral, who are also prep­ping for their epic show­down at the Red Bull Cul­ture Clash next Satur­day.

Reg­gae artist Buf­falo Soul­jah will also shake up the dance floor with his hits. Pro­ducer El­cee Gweja and reg­gae artists Jeremiah Fyah Isis, Cel­sius, Botanist and Fyah Linx will also be get­ting bod­ies sweat­ing with their beats.

Beenie Man’s catchy tunes have seen him stand the test of time in reg­gae cir­cles, as well as in other gen­res. His blend of Ja­maican dance­hall and North Amer­i­can hip hop sets his sound apart. He has worked with the likes of Fu­ture Fambo, Hen­ricci and Bar­ring­ton Levy.

His 2002 hit song Feel It Boy, fea­tur­ing Janet Jack­son, took his rel­e­vancy to new heights, ex­pos­ing him to a big­ger mar­ket out­side the reg­gae world.

It was one of the many fol­low-up tracks that con­tin­ued to so­lid­ify him as one of the best reg­gae artists. The 1996 track Girls Dem Sugar and the 1997 hit Sim Simma still light up dance floors to this day.

At the me­dia brief­ing held at the New­town Mu­sic Fac­tory (for­mer Bassline) yes­ter­day, Beenie Man said be­ing a mu­si­cian was about the love.

“Mu­sic is like your mother. Mu­sic is like your girl­friend. It’s the per­son you love, it’s like the per­son you give all the pas­sion and at­ten­tion to. For you to get into mu­sic you have to know your­self, who you are and where you are com­ing from,” he said.

He added that artists had to stand firm and true to who they were in the in­dus­try.

The event takes place at the New­town Mu­sic Fac­tory tonight. Tick­ets cost R400 at Com­puticket and R550 at the gate.

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