BeenieManwas one of five top Jamaican entertainers whose visas and work permits were revoked by the US Embassy in Jamaica in April 2010. When contacted, Beenie Man said he was looking forward to performing in the US, once again and the fans there were eager to see him.
"I was there (America) day before yesterday, the fans are waiting and is now just for me to go on stage. I was at the Hot 97 show an di fans dem jus get a glimpse a mi backstage an a bare tings. Suh yuh done know how New York an me guh. I will be there on July 1 and it's gonna be crazy,"
An elated Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc., parent company of Groovin In The Park, also expressed his happiness at Beenie's return. "I am extremely excited to announce that our booking agent here in New York was able to secure a work permit for the dancehall king BeenieManto be aheadline performer at this year's 'Groovin In the Park' concert on July 1."
He continued, "Music fans in the Tri-state area have been waiting for a very long time for the opportunity to see Beenie Man perform live here in the USA again. I am glad we were instrumental in making it happen for the fans. Beenie Man is an extremely talented enter-tainer and we are happy that he will be again be able to showcase his talents on stage in New York," Roberts said.
Other headline performers for Groovin In The Park are Boyz 11 Men, Jimmy Cliff and Beres Hammond. Groovin In The Park is in part a tribute to three great nations who are celebrating independence anniversaries: the United States celebrating 236, and Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago who are both celebrating 50 this year.