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Groovin In The Park Spotlight Feature - Beres Hammond & Beenie ManPublished Jun 26, 2012
New York reggae lovers will get the opportunity to see lovers rock crooner Beres Hammond and danchall king Beenie Man perform live at the 'Groovin In The Park' concert at Roy WIlkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, July 1, 2012. Other acts slated to perform are Gladys Knight, Boyz 11 Men and Jimmy Cliff.
One only has to hear the first line from any of these monster tracks - "She Loves Me Not," "Step Aside," "Should I," "I Wanna Know," "Falling In Love," "Tempted To Touch," "Golden Touch," "Rockaway," "Double Trouble," "Putting Up Resistance" or "One Step Ahead" to know that the "Boss," Beres Hammond is in the house. Over his 30 plus years in the music industry, Hammond has poured his smoky-sweet voice over every kind of riddim track - from the funked up reggae jams of the '70s to the modern digital beat of his 1985 dancehall hit "What One Dance Can Do."
In 1990, his album 'A Love Affair' for Donovan Germaine's Penthouse label, raised his popularity to new heights. The disc included cuts like "Tempted To Touch" and "Who Say" with Buju Banton which are still big hit songs in the dancehall. Beres has an extensive fan base here in the Diaspora which will be evident when he makes his way on stage at Roy Wilkins Park on Sunday, July 1. This will be his first outdoor performance in NY in 6 years and fans can't wait to see him hit the stage.
Since his famous clash at Sting 1993 with Bounty Killer that earned him the "DJ of the Year" title for the first time, Beenie Man has delivered many stellar performances including his memorable set at Reggae Sumfest 2008 in Montego Bay, Jamaica that some fans say was the best of the 3 day festival.
On the local charts, Beenie Man has had an impressive catalogue of hits including "Matie," "Slam," "Romie," "Old Dog," "Dancehall Queen," "Who Am I," "Girls Dem Sugar" (featuring Mýa), "Dude," "King of the Dancehall," "Back It Up" and chart banger 'Rum and Red Bull.'
His album on Virgin Records, 'Art and Life' was certified gold and won him the Grammy for 'Reggae Album of the Year' in 2001. In 2002, he scored with a duet recorded with Janet Jackson called "Feel It Boy." He followed with his 2004 remix of "Dude", featuring Ms. Thing, which cemented his fan base on both sides of the Atlantic. After numerous hit singles on the reggae charts, Beenie Man continues to have a major presence at all the major reggae festivals around the world.
With his USA visa and work permit in hand, the Doctor will return to the US for the first time in two years when he graces the stage at 'Groovin In The Park' on Sunday, July 1.