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Beenieman To Receive Proclamati​on From New York City

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Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam Radio disclosed that The Doctor Beenieman, the musical genius behind such classics as “Matie,” “Slam,” “Romie,” “Old Dog,” “Dancehall Queen,” “Who Am I,” “Girls Dem Sugar” (featuring Mýa), “Dude,” “King of the Dancehall” and “Back It Up” will be presented with a proclamation from US Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), for over three decades of outstanding contribution to the reggae industry. The official presentation will take place at the inaugural Reggae Rhythm & Blues Concert slated for Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on Labor Day Sunday, September 4, 2011.

“Beenieman has an impressive catalogue of timeless hit songs. He is a celebrated dancehall recorder, a seasoned performer and is worth of this very important United States recognition, especially since he has just received his visa and can travel freely to the USA,” Clarke said.

Beenieman (aka Moses Davis), who was born in Waterhouse, Jamaica started his career as a youngster. He garnered his first real break on the international scene in 1997 with the hit single “Who Am I” that was a staple on Hot 97 radio in New York and earned multiple spins on urban stations across the USA. The single quickly went Gold and opened the door for Beenieman to grace the pages of Newsweek and other major media outlets. His album on Virgin Records, ‘ART & LIFE’ was certified Gold and won him an all important Grammy award for ‘Reggae Album’ of the Year in 2001. His international star power was further cemented when Janet Jackson, the Neptunes and Lil’ Kim all turned up as guests on his 2002 album Tropical Storm. He has since released a number of big hits in Jamaica and delivered many stellar performances including a crowning performance at Sumfest 2010.

Joining the Doctor Beenieman on stage at Reggae Rhythm & Blues will be Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, the successful R&B, pop singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, film producer and entrepreneur who has written and produced songs for some of the biggest names in contemporary music, including Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston and TLC. As a solo artiste, Babyface has recorded some of the genre’s biggest tracks, including “Tender Love,” “Whip Appeal,” “Give U My Heart,” “For the Cool I You,” “When Can I See You,” “Rock Bottom,” “This Is For The Lover In You,” “Every time I Close My Eye,” “Reason For Breathing,” “Grown & Sexy” and many others. R&B singer Monica, Tarrus Riley and soca star Machel Montano are the other acts confirmed for the event.

“We are pulling out all stops to make Reggae Rhythm & Blues one of the biggest Caribbean concerts ever staged in the US. We are limiting the number of acts that will perform to ensure each has the opportunity to perform a full set” Clarke noted.

Clarke said he is pleased with the positive response from patrons since the concert date was announced a few weeks ago. He said the festival will be filled with excitement and magic given the diversity of the lineup.

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