Beenie Man has announced his first UK show in over a decade for this summer’s inaugural Yam Carnival.
The King of the Dancehall will make his long awaited return to these shows next month as he graces the stage on August 28 for London’s biggest and only celebration of Black music and culture.
YAM Carnival is a brand new Afrobeat music festival coming to London this summer.
From the creators of Afro Nation, it was originally planned to launch in 2020 as a weekend celebration of the African diaspora, including Caribbean and Latin American culture, with music and food from across the world. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the festival had to be cancelled. In March 2021, organisers confirmed YAM Carnival would kick off in the capital as a one-day event on 28 August 2021. August 28th weekend has traditionally been the Caribbean carnival weekend however due to Covid it has been cancelled for two years running.
In a press release, Yam Carnival said: ‘Representing the Black experience and influence around the world, featuring the most exciting names from Africa, from the British, American and Canadian diaspora – now Beenie Man adds to a phenomenal crop of artists.
Expect a host of classic dancehall hits from a whopping catalogue stretching back to his early breakthrough days as a Jamaican sound system deejay, through to his first major chart-topping hits in the 90s, and collaborations with everyone from Janet Jackson to The Fugees.’
Fans were delighted by the announcement, with one punter tweeting: ‘BEENIE MAN AT YAM CARNIVAL??????????? WE WON BRUV (sic)’
Another excited fan wrote: ‘Yooo Beenie Man confirmed for Yam Carnival. It’s lit (sic)’
And a different festival-goer added: ‘Beenie man at Yam Carnival? So glad I booked (sic)’
Davido tops the bill, while Beenie joins the Carnival Stage with the likes of Kehlani, NSG, Patoranking, Yemi Alade and Darkoo
The Afrika Shrine Alive stage boasts Ari Lennox, Fally Ipupa, Femi Kuti, Koffee, NAO, Stonebwoy and more, and the Afrontronic stage features exciting acts like Honey Dijon and Richy Ahmed.
More Yam Carnival news is on the way, with including an ‘array of top African-influenced food trucks and chefs from around London’, as the festival promises ‘contemporary bites and traditional home comforts’.
Last remaining tickets for Yam Carnival will be released on Friday, July 30 at 10am, available from: https://yamcarnival.com/
Yam is being kept on London’s famous Clapham Common, the common, traditionally considered a gay-friendly area is world renown for gay cruising where homosexuals openly sexually operate,