After being reissued his American visa on July 29, 2011, Beenie Man has finally been reinstated a work permit for the United States after it was revoked two years ago. The international dancehall artiste appeared in a controversial video in which he proclaims to be more financially motivated than anything else, expressing his tolerance and respect for all people. Many industry insiders have summed up Beenie Man's apology to members of the international homosexual community as a major influence in his U.S work permit being reinstated. His first performance stateside is scheduled to be the inaugural "Groovin in the Park" concert on July 1, 2012 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York City.
One People Documentary launched
Zachary Harding and Justine Henzell, the executive producers of the upcoming documentaryOne People, offered a sneak preview into the project which aims to capture the global reach of Jamaica by asking prominent members of the Jamaican community worldwide such Edward Seaga, Harry Belafonte, Gen. Colin Powell, Yohan Blake, Shaggy, and many more "What does Jamaica mean to you?" The launch took place at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies. The documentary is slated to premiere on Jamaica's Independence Day on August 6 this year.
London "more dan nice" for Potential Kidd
Across the pond the "Yah Suh Nice" hit maker Potential Kidd stirred hysteria in London, England, as the city's metropolitan police were forced to shut down a performance of his due to an overcrowding of the club venue's maximum capacity. Potential Kidd currently is on a 14 date tour of the United Kingdom in relation to his one-year in length recording deal signed with VP records.
Sizzla releases controversial Hurry Come Up
Prolific dancehall and reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji has delivered a scorching hot new recording entitled Hurry Come Up on Cash Flow Records' Warn Dem Riddim. In Hurry Come Up, Sizzla takes swipes at Khago, Natural Black, and Beenie Man. In the song's verses, Sizzla delivers his discontent with Khago's recent announcement that he is not a Rastafari despite his wearing of dreadlocks, his disappointment in Natural Black cutting his dreadlocks, and Beenie Man's controversial apology for hate lyrics to the international homosexual community.