by Jodee Brown
Could legendary Dancehall artiste and Alliance leader, Bounty Killer, become the next major Jamaican entertainer to get back his United States visa? By all early indications, it might just be a matter of time.
Various media outlets are reporting that Bounty Killer will regain his U.S visa later this year, in time to possibly perform across stage shows in Miami, New York and Connecticut to name a few. Reportedly, several arrangements are being made by the prominent deejay’s camp as they seek to reinvigorate his international status.
Additionally, it’s said that Bounty Killer’s associates have reached out to overseas promoters and radio personalities in anticipation of his soon-coming arrival. Also, there’s talk of the self-professed “War Lord” and long-time rival, Beenie Man performing together at festivals should Bounty be re-issued an American visa.
Should this materialize, Bounty Killer would return to the U.S. nearly two years after his visa was cancelled by the United States Embassy in Kingston in April 2010. Beenie Man, Aidonia and Bounty’s long-time protégé, Mavado were also stripped of their visas at the time. No reasoning was ever offered as to why their visas were revoked.
However, Mavado and Beenie Man were soon granted another chance to grace the United States’ shores after both artistes we re-issued visas last summer. Mavado has performed at several shows in the United States since then, while also signing with popular hip-hop producer, DJ Khaled and We The Best Music Group. Furthermore, he’s worked with prominent overseas acts such as Akon and Ace Hood.
Beenie Man celebrated his 38th birthday in New York last August but has yet to perform in the country given reported issues with his work permit.