Beenie Man

Anthony Moses Davis (born 22 August 1973), better known by his stage name Beenie Man, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer. He is referred to as the world's "King of Dancehall". Davis was born in the Waterhouse district of Kingston in 1973. He was involved in the music industry from a young age and released an album and many singles in the 80's. In the 90's, he started to achieve success in Jamaica and in the later period, in America, Britain and several countries. As with many dancehall artists from Jamaica, he courts controversy with homophobic lyrics and was once was removed from the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards after protests by gay-rights activists. That same year, he was stopped by police at Heathrow Airport in London, after the cancellation of a concert in the United Kingdom. He then issued an apology for the lyrics through his record company.

Links to Peel

Peel seemed to have discovered Beenie Man in the early 90's and was unaware of some of his homophobic lyrics, that were sung in Jamaican Patoise. Nonetheless, he continued playing material from the artist, but apart from Who Am I and Dude which were released months or years before it became UK hit singles, Peel tended to avoid playing his successful songs such as "Street Life" (#13), "Feel It Boy" (#9) and the "King of the Dancehall" (#14).

Shows Played

  • 13 October 1998: Let Him Go (7") Greensleeves
  • 17 November 1998: Always Be My Baby (shared 7" with Steely & Cleevie - Always Be My Baby / Broke Bottle Rhythm) Greensleeves

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