A recent victim of the Zika virus, Beenie Man was unable to get a Canadian visa, thus missing his headlining performance at OVO Fest.
The dancehall great known as Beenie Man has contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Due to the illness, he was forced to cancel his co-headlining performance at OVO Fest in Toronto tonight. Though it's thought that he's currently being treated, the Jamaican artist explained that part of the reason he missed the festival was because the Canadian government denied his Visa request due to his virus. He shared news of his condition and apologized to his fans for missing OVO Fest in a heartfelt Instagram post.
In the caption of the post, Beenie Man revealed that he's currently being treated with blood tests, injections, and pills. He also claims to have been infected with the dengue virus by the same mosquito that gave him Zika. He ended the post by praising Haile Selassie and affirming to his fans, "Wi a hol firm still."
Today being Caribana in Toronto, Beenie Man was set to perform alongside the king of soca, Trinidad's Machel Montano. In Beenie's absence, Montano brought out Caribbean all-stars like Kranium, Sean Paul, and Mavado.
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