Jamaican dancehall luminary Beenie Man celebrated for his magnetic hits and infectious charisma, marked a monumental milestone as he turned 50(51), surrounded by a wave of admiration and an exciting teaser for his 17th studio album, “Simma.”
The album’s title pays homage to his chart-topping hit “Who Am I (Sim Simma),” a song that etched his name in music history.
See an article about the “Summa” album below:
The festivities were nothing short of legendary, drawing an impressive roster of attendees, including colleagues, producers, promoters, managers, politicians, and well-wishers. The event held at Di Lot served as a testament to the indelible mark the artist has left on the global music scene.
TVJ’s Entertainment Report featured a retrospective look at Beenie’s career spanning over three decades, with host Anthony Miller highlighting the artiste’s consistent dedication to producing exceptional music.
Crowned the King of Dancehall at Reggae Sumfest in 2009, Beenie Man’s journey from local hits like “Matey” to international smashes such as “Who Am I” and collaborations with international stars like Mia and Janet Jackson showcased his genre-defying prowess.
See a picture of Beenie Man’s crowning below:
Throughout his career, Beenie feuded with artistes like Bounty Killer and King Yellowman, only solidifying his stature in the dancehall realm. His ability to command the stage, an unwavering female fan base, and timely hits like “Rum and Red Bull” kept him at the forefront of the industry.
The TVJ interview delved into the King’s resilience, touching on the time when he performed an impromptu set, even on a plane, to appease his dedicated fanbase. The artiste’s journey wasn’t without challenges, including health issues and personal loss. He turned to music to cope with his mother’s passing, a poignant element that seeped into his forthcoming album.
Watch the full video below:
See a photo of the producers who worked on the “Simma” album below: