Beenie Man the Jamaican dancehall Superstar says there is a big pent-up demand in the US for both him and Bounty Killer and he believes they would perform to sold-out venues if they could travel to North America.
He also said “We coulda go all 50 states and represent dancehall again. Me wah sold-out Madison Square Garden again, me wah go LA go lock it dung again, and me sure Bounty wah do the same,” during a recent interview.
The legendary dancehall entertainers have not been able to travel to the United States for more many years, and even though they made several attempts to have their work permits reinstated, they have not been successful in that regard.
Shaggy their fellow entertainer led a call on Saturday for the dancehall kingpins to be given back their US visa after their great performance in the Verzuz clash when the arch-rivals who became friends attracted some 500,000 viewers on Instagram.
The artistes acknowledged the social-media support that they have been receiving after they did the clash, as it relates to them not having their United States visas reinstated, Beenie Man said he feels overwhelmed.
Beenie Man revealed that “If dem decide say yuh cannot go, there’s nothing much you can do about it. If dem (US Embassy) feel it in mind that we deserve to get it back, me woulda appreciate it.” “That would be great. I shouldn’t have lost the visa in the first place. I don’t know what the reason was but America is America .”
De Girls Dem Suga star said that the fans in the international circuit is still electrified by the music of the era from which he and Bounty Killer rose up. That is also part of the reason the two stars were chosen to participate in the Verzuz clash.
Love for the Music
Their era in music is still what the people sing and listen to. Beenie man said “People cover Zim Zimma thousands of time so yuh mus understand say foreign nuh really move from we yet. Dem still deh a di ’90s music and I think that is because of our love for the music and the work ethic. People see and feel our passion for the music from dem time deh till now.”
The entertainer said that making music was harder during the 1990’s; “yuh never have nuh Instagram and so yuh did affi do the hard groundwork to make who you are today”.
Beenie Man also believes modern music is not getting the same love that the 90’s music still gets because the artistes are not putting out as much work as they did in those days. He also believes his love for the music caused him to put his all into his craft, he was not like those who did music so they can get houses and cars. He believes that makes all the difference.