International dancehall star Beenie Man has apologised to his daughter and a number of his superstar friends who were unable to perform at his highly successful Summer Sizzle Festival over the weekend.
“I just want to apologise to my friends, Josey Wales, Burru Banton, Admiral Bailey and Ghost who were set for my 80/90s dancehall segment,” Beenie Man told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills.
“There was going to be a tribute segment to that early era of dancehall pulling on some of the artistes that inspired me to enter dancehall. Regrettably, it didn’t work, so i just want to apologise to my friends who didn’t get to take the stage, but who came to support and show love same way,” he explained.
Konshens and Tommy Lee perform at Summer Sizzle.
Beenie Man also had a special apology to his daughter, Desha, who was booked to dance but, because of time constraints, couldn’t get to perform.
“This was heartbreaking for me because it’s my eldest daughter and my only child who is in the dancehall space with me. But she understands and we will definitely tighten up the running order for next year,” he said.
Beenie Man is elated that there was such a large turnout of patrons to his Summer Sizzle Festival show over the weekend.
Beenie Man’s daughter, Desha Ravers
“Right now, Summer Sizzle Festival is going to be an annual event for the people of Clarendon,” he said.
Well-known booking agent and music insider Tameka Reynolds, one of the principal organisers of Summer Sizzle Festival, called the event an “incredible success’.
“The physical setting and overall decor of the event were exceptional, we went all out with the staging and lights, and we had a massive turnout; police estimated at least 15,000 people. But what was exceptional about the event was the sense of unity between the artistes. Only Beenie Man has the capacity to bring so many different artistes from reggae and dancehall together, when last have you see Aidonia, Tommy Lee, Jahvinci, TJ, Konshens and Beenie Man on one stage?” she said.
“Summer Sizzle is back, and we’re back with a bang!” Reynolds concluded.