King of the Dancehall Beenie Man hailed the impact of veteran record producer Dave Kelly ahead of a special Reggae Sumfest performance dubbed Madhouse Tribute which will honor Kelly’s contribution to the music industry.
Talk with the gleaner Last Friday at the launch of the Flow Sum-Summa promotion, the dancehall heavyweight said Kelly had made a significant impact on his career over the years.
“Dave Kelly has been around since Shocking Vibes started; he was there to try to support the company and get us (dancehall artists) out. Dave Kelly is the one who put the label on the map, should I say, because he did the Healthy Body beat that was my first number one, really. Dave Kelly has a lot to do with my career. He gave me over 10 hit songs, probably over six No. 1 songs. He really did a lot,” he praised.
Fans of dancehall music, especially 90s hits from popular artists such as Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Baby Cham, Lady Saw and many more, have experienced Kelly’s magic.
Although he has created mystery around him over the years, his impact and influence on dancehall music is undeniable, even in the shadows.
The Showtime, Joyride, Fiesta and Mad Up beats that dominated the airwaves in the 90s were also Kelly productions. For Beenie Man, tracks like Dude, slam, old dogand Miss Angella are just a few of the popular songs from his work with the veteran producer.
Kelly wore many hats as he was not only a producer but also a singer and songwriter who performed many 90s songs himself. He first started his career in music as a sound engineer, but then began working with Donovan Germain on the Penthouse label before later launching his own label – Madhouse, in 1991. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and brother of another record producer, Tony ‘CD’ Kelly, most of his rhymes and rhythms reflect the social and political realities and stories of the times in which they were created.
Beenie Man, real name Moses Davis, recalled the first time he met Dave Kelly, and he became the go-to person for “bad riddims”.
“He was just a kid (when we first met). He was working with his brother at Tuff Gong Studio at the time, but we needed a riddim, so we had to go to him to get a beat because Tony Kelly wasn’t working, and he told us we could believe in Dave Kelly and made him two beats for us and actually sang on one with Little Lenny named Champion Bubbler and then he did the Gun Inna Baggy riddim, and from there we became friends,” he said.
Many dancehall fans, near and far, are anticipating this special tribute. Some wonder if he’ll be there, but regardless, Beenie Man says patrons can expect a night to remember.
“Rehearsals are going very well so far. The tribute will be part of my concert because Dave Kelly’s records will always be part of my concert. I can’t say too much because then everyone will know what’s coming,” he said. the gleaner.
Other acts scheduled for the Madhouse Tribute, which will take place on July 23, the night of Reggae Sumfest Festival 2, include Bounty Killer, Cham, Wayne Wonder, Frisco Kidd, Mr Eazy and Spragga Benz.
Beenie Man has had a historic career over the years, both locally and internationally. He hopes his album Simma will be released in August 2022.
“I want to drop it on August 22, but I don’t know if we’ll have a pushback again. I’ll talk to Blue about it, but as soon as I get the date, I’ll give the date, and that’s the last date I got, but for now, we [are] working on a new single titled ChopSuey so everyone can expect it,” he explained.