Veteran dancehall artiste Beenie Man is giving back to his childhood community.
The ‘King of Dancehall’ is building a church and library in Waterhouse, St. Andrew. Beenie says he attended the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as a child growing up before it was destroyed by a hurricane in 2012.
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“It is a church that I grew up in and it blow down after hurricane passed through,” Beenie Man said. “The only thing left to go on now is the top, but mi did a plan to put a library on the top because it is a community church and the youth dem need something to do.”
The church is currently being built on Unity Lane off Balcombe Drive, the section of Waterhouse where Beenie Man grew up and is described as the most violent part of the community.
Beenie Man maintained that he is a Rastafarian but that is not stopping him from doing good for his community.
“Mi love God in every way and mi will praise him in every name,” Beenie said.
“It is not about Christianity, and I’m not trying to baptise. Selassie nuh need fi do that. You see true my mother a Christian and everybody know, but my church is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.”
Meanwhile Beenie Man was recently sampled on Toronto Rapper Drake’s new Views album, the deejay replaced Dancehall artiste Popcaan on ‘Controlla.’