Beenie Man claims to be the ‘king of dancehall’, and his credentials are good. Jamaican? Yes, he was born in the Waterhouse district of Kingston back in 1973. Music in his blood? His uncle Sydney Wolfe drummed for reggae legend Jimmy ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’ Cliff. Musical heritage? He began toasting aged five, with a debut single (and the Tastee Talent award) by the age of eight. Two years later his smartly-dubbed debut LP, The Invincible Beenie Man: The Ten Year Old DJ Wonder, was produced by legend Bunny Lee.
International success followed 10 years later with Bob Marley covers ‘Crazy Baldhead’ and ‘No Woman No Cry’, and old Beenie has been on the road ever since. Despite being dogged in some corners of the world by protestors offended by the contents of his lyrics, we’re expecting no such resistance in the UAE.