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Beenie Man, Bounty Killa Rep For The Culture, In Epic VERZUZ Clash.

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Caribbean Culture, and more specifically Jamaican culture has made it onto the world stage amid a global outcry for normalcy, as the effects of COVID-19 remain in news headlines globally. Jamaican dancehall superheroes, Bounty Killa and Beenie Man held their own on Saturday night, giving fans of reggae and dancehall and further to that, Caribbean culture, the truest taste of the most authentic dub stand off, they’ve seen in years.

Clashes of the 90’s era came with much lyrical ammunition and while Saturday night’s setting was a far cry from what most of that era may have been used to, a peaceful, well executed dancehall clash unraveled just after 8pm on VERZUZtv’s Instagram Live platform. Over 400,000 people tuned in to see a couple of Jamaica’s finest going head to head in what has since been dubbed the most engaging virtual showdown.

Both Rihanna and Buju Banton were spotted in the LIVE viewing the epic clash.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa drew an audience of high caliber celebrities from the US, among them, P Diddy, Ashanti, Rihanna, Ludacris, Erykah Badu, actress Gabrielle Union, regionally acclaimed and internationally loved stars like Konshens, Spice, Popcaan and Buju Banton, among countless others. The platform, created by US producers, Timbaland and Swizz Beats offered fans and celebrities alike a show like no other and with over 1 million followers on the Verzuztv platform itself, the mileage post event will likely be invaluable.

Today, one media house reminded fans of the fact that both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa have been banned from the US, having been denied visas to enter the North American country. It was urged that dialogue on the issue should now be given precedence, something that would allow both artistes to push Jamaica’s dancehall culture to millions around the world. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness was undeniably proud of his countrymen, the leader tweeting favourably about the icons.

 

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Shaggy Pushes for Beenie Man, Bounty Killa to Be Granted US Visas.

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US based, internationally acclaimed reggae artist, Shaggy has called on the US Embassy in Jamaica, the US Ambassador to the country and the country’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, to do what is necessary to aid in ensuring that both Bounty Killa and Beenie Man are able to acquire US Visas. His call comes on the heels of their VERZUZ virtual clash on Saturday where close to 500,000 persons logged on to view the veterans battle musically.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa both had their US VISAS revoked in 2010. At that time, Mavado and Aidonia were also among the dancehall artistes who’s US Visas were taken away by the US Embassy. In 2011, Mavado was once again able to travel to the US and then, five years later, Aidonia was allowed re-entry. To date, both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa remain without US travel access.

In his social media post, both meant to celebrate Jamaica’s cultural performance by these two veteran artistes, and dispute the state of their travel affairs, Grammy award winner, Shaggy said, “Fans world wide were greeted with a cultural experience of epic proportions as best as it could be delivered in these covid times. This was a boost to our spirits, our tourism, our economy, our music, and most importantly brand jamaica 🇯🇲 .. BUT LETS NOT FORGET!!!…,.that both of these artist, these two legends, these two ambassadors of our country our music, and our culture, STILL CANNOT TRAVEL!! It’s about time we rally and push the powers at be to free up these artist allow them traveling visas, work permits so they can travel freely to promote our culture and represent our brand, I’m calling on the Jamaican government, the U.S. Ambassador and the United States Embassy @usembassyja to atleast start having dialogue where this is concerned, I’m calling on the Hon. Olivier Babsy Grange @hon.olivigrange and the prime minister the Hon. Andrew Holness @andrewholnessjm to get involve, the culture needs it, the music needs it, the economy needs it, the country needs it the fans need it. Salute DANCE HALL🇯🇲!!

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Skip Marley, Cedella, The Wailers, Shaggy Team Up with Emilio Estefan for New Single.

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The Marley name continues to be synonymous with positive moves. In the most recent news, Bob Marley’s daughter and grandson have collaborated with the Wailers- the legendary band that toured with the late Marley, between 1972 and 1981.

Cedella Marley, now 52 years old, along with Bob’s grandson, Skip Marley are featured on the new single, ‘One World, One Prayer.’ Jamaican reggae sensation, Shaggy also sings on the track which is described as “a powerful song focused on unity, love and inclusion beyond cultural differences.”

Reggae icon, Shaggy.

With a latin fusion, the reggae artistes collaborate with Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, Farruko ; and ironically, the song was produced by the husband of singer, Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, who is a 10 time Grammy award winner. “When I wrote the song about two years ago, I wrote it thinking about how we, as human beings, have to love each other more, be kinder to each other and to nature,” said Estefan. “Who would have thought that we would be living this current situation, and that the message of ‘One World, One Prayer’ would resonate so strongly?” he said.

Cedella Marley- the daughter of the late, Bob Marley is on the new single.

Noting that the simple things in life must be appreciated, Estefan added, “especially the love that begins with our families and extends to our community and beyond, because in the end, we are all ‘One World, One Heart’.”

The Wailers are due to release a new album later this year.

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