International recording artiste Beenie Man has apologised to his legion of Caribbean fans who are disappointed that he will not be making an appearance at the Power Soca and Groovy Soca Monarch competitions this year.
He had planned to enter this contest for the first time this year, but has performed at the actual events several times as a guest act during his storied career.
"The problem is that we have been touring hard overseas and I tried to get both songs done in time for the contests, but I just couldn't make it in time. I sincerely apologise to all the Beenie Man fans in the Caribbean who expected me to enter the contests," he said. "I was just unable to get it done, the circumstances were beyond my control, but definitely next year, I will be there because ah my show that."
Beenie has been experimenting with different genres of music, and this year, he recorded two songs in an attempt to enter this year's competitions in Trinidad - one of the biggest shows in the calendar of the T&T Carnival, but his submissions were late.
The announcement was made by the Caribbean Prestige Foundation officials last week that Beenie Man's recordings for preliminary judging which took place last Sunday were received late, so the 'Doctor' missed out on his chance to win the first prize award of TT$2 million.
Beenie Man showed that he still has major box office pull when he performed in front of a crowd of 27,000 screaming fans during the entertainment segment of the GFA Banks Beer KO Cup on January 1, 2013. The event took place at the GCC Ground Bourda.
Beenie Man thrilled the audience with a steady stream of his songs including Let's Go, Street Life, Who Am I, King Of The Dancehall, along with recent hit Dweet Again.
"This year, mi ah go do the same things mi do inna 2010, 2011, 2012 ... mi just ah go hard, and dweet again," Beenie Man said.
He is presently promoting a new single called Clean Heart, and the video is now in rotation on CVM TV, RE, HYPE and MD TV.