April 14, 2009
Beenie Man going back to Shocking Vibes?
The local entertainment fraternity is bracing for a cosmic realignment with rumours racing around the corporate area that Beenie Man is contemplating a return to Shocking Vibes camp and its charismatic manager Patrick Roberts. In March sources close to Beenie Man’s camp said that while he was in New York recently, the entertainer meet with a number of prospective music managers as he has seen the need to ‘tighten’ up his financial affairs by hiring a business manager.
However, since return to Jamaica last week, tongues have been wagging that he may just return to Shocking Vibes, the label he help to make famous. When contacted this week shocking vibes chief executive officer, Patrick Roberts attacked with surprise to the rumour that Beenie Man was seeking a manager, blurting out. “That’s news to me!” “Beenie Man cannot be seeking a new manager when he has me available,” Patrick Roberts said. “Since Beenie Man left I have not manage any other artiste. If he wants to return to Shocking Vibes, I am willing and ready. Beenie Man will always be my artiste regardless of things that were said. Thaere is a synergy between Beenie Man and Shocking Vibes led by Patrick Roberts”.
Roberts a successful business man and producer, was the architect behind the successful careers of Beenie Man, Tantro Metro & Devonte and Sliver Cat for 20 years. He has also dabbled in politics, running on the PNP ballot twice against the Jamaica Labour Party’s Andrew Holness, the last time in 2007 general elections for the West Central St. Andrew he is currently the constituency care taker. “if Beenie Man wants a proper manager, he needs to come back to Shocking Vibes….. I am hoping for it Robert said. Roberts is also the president of former premier league champions Arnett Gardens Football Club, and stood surety for embattled politician Kem Spenser, who is facing serious charges for impropriety in the Cuban light-bulb scandal.
Efforts to get a comment from Beenie Man proved futile as it was said that he had lost the phone. XtraNews was unable to get in touch with Beenie Man’s bother and manager, ‘Blue, who failed to return several calls to his mobile phone. The music industry was hit by the earth-shaking announcement in December 2006 that Beenie Man was leaving Hocking Vibes, a move that signaled a big shift in balance of power equation in the dancehall universe. “beenie Man is going is going to do his own thing as of January 1, 2007,” his wife D’Angel said in a release at the time.
At the time, Patrick Roberts, Beenie Man’s manager for over two decades, had appeared a bit disturbed by the whole situation when contacted but nevertheless issued an upbeat statement. “We wish him all the best, if he wants to leave, he is his owna big man, he is married now, he can do anything he wants to do. We just wish him all the best,” Mr. Roberts told the reporter at the time.