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Archived: Tourism In T&T Boosted As A Result of Buju Banton Coming, Says Festival Outfit. All Systems Set for Mammoth Event.

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Fully aware of the immigration implications associated with Mark Myrie’s visit to Trinidad and Tobago, promotional outfit, High Frequency Entertainment, on November 12th, 2018, issued its initial correspondence requesting assistance in ensuring the artiste, ease of entry into T&T. Letters were sent to both the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young and the Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith. High Frequency Entertainment acknowledges the Minister of National Security’s expression of non-receipt. 

On Thursday, amid concern on the matter of Buju Banton’s imminent entry into Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the I Am Legend Festival, CEO of High Frequency Entertainment, Glenroy Watson immediately referred to his files, and moved to re-submit the letter to the Office of the National Security Minister, Stuart Young. The letter is being hand delivered to Minister Young’s office, on Friday, April 12, Watson told EBUZZTT.

With all systems in place for the massive “I Am Legend Festival”, which will showcase varying areas of Caribbean culture, cuisine and the arts, High Frequency Entertainment, accepting Minister Stuart Young’s assurance of allowance upon receipt of the request, says it now awaits a final, favorable response from the Ministry of National Security.

Buju Banton considers Trinidad and Tobago, ‘home’. He will perform here on April 21st.
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The I Am Legend Festival is the most anticipated event to hit Trinidad and Tobago in over a decade. Thousands from around the world have already purchased tickets and will be in attendance to witness the return of Buju Banton to the stage in T&T. “90% of online ticket sales have been generated from around the world- places like Dubai, Johannesburg, Jerusalem and the United States,” said Watson, highlighting that Trinidad and Tobago’s Tourism sector has undeniably been boosted, post Carnival 2019, as a direct result of this event. “The hotels are booked up, airlines are enjoying increased bookings for the period and it can be assured that increased revenue will trickle down to even the man on the street, because of this concert,” he said. 

Watson hails Koffee as a significant addition to the I Am Legend Festival cast.

Watson is adamant that the people of Trinidad and Tobago and persons visiting from around the world will experience a festival like no other. He last hosted the very headline act, Buju Banton, in Trinidad, in April 2009. “Buju Banton is a preacher of peace and positivity. Despite his portion dealt, he prevails as a living legend, deserving of accolades and the opportunity to inspire change among those most in need of encouragement. His music is needed and nothing should stand in the way of delivering his messages of love, peace and unity to the masses,” said Watson. 

For details on the festival, please visit www.iamlegendconcert.com

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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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