The Jamaican artist was due to play OVO Fest
Beenie Man was due to play OVO Fest in Toronto last night (July 30), but had to cancel after being denied entry into Canada.
The ‘Who Am I (Sim Simma)’ singer was diagnosed with Zika virus, he revealed on Instagram, saying “Zika Virus hol’ mi” and confirming that he had “no visa fi mi Canada show”.
Zika virus is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda and is spread by mosquitoes. It often shows no symptoms or very slight symptoms similar to those of a mild bout of dengue fever. There is no specific treatment.
Ticketmaster released a statement saying that due to “immigration issues” Beenie Man would no longer be able to eprform at OVO Fest. They promised a “slew of surprise special guests” in place of the raggae star and assured festival goers that Machel Montano would still headline as planned.
Jah know…dah week ya deal wid me a way!! ⚠ No visa fi mi Canada show (I apologize again to my fans in case you haven’t seen the press release) ⚠ Zika Virus hol’ mi ⚠ The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still. Selassie a guide I n I right through so once mi have life me a give thanks. #Unstoppable
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Marking the anniversary of his 71st Birthday on the 6th February 2016, ‘Marley Natural’ was made in conjunction with The Marley Estate and New York based Privateer Holdings. It’s the first line to be released, with more to follow.
“If my father was here physically, he would be up front advocating for this plant, so we are very proud to put our Marley Natural brand out there,” Stephen Marley told Biillboard.
“Our team has visited hundreds of farms around the world, learning all about growing processes and different strains, trying to find the best quality cannabis there is,” explained Marley Natural Product Manager Tahira Rehmatullah.
Some states in the US have a decriminalisation policy in effect, where Marijuana is sold through state controlled ‘dispensaries’ – but marijuana can only be distributed in areas where it is grown.