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Bounty Killer Storms Off Stage While Performing With Beenie Man in Trinidad

Jamaican dancehall veteran Bounty Killer made a hasty exit, abandoning fellow headliner Beenie Man mid-performance without any explanation, at the Guinness Fully Loaded Music Festival, at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Saturday night.

Bounty Killer, right, and Beenie Man perform at the Guinness Fully Loaded Music Festival

Bounty, real name Rodney Price, was in the middle of a high-intensity song-for-song segment with Beenie (Moses Davis) when he turned, walked off the stage and left the venue.

The long-time musical rivals’ joint appearance had been billed as a festival of peace, love and sound.

The controversial DJ, who has been arrested in the past for using obscene language on stage in Trinidad, was seen pacing back stage as his co-star asked for his return.

“Where Bounty gone? Bounty, he gone?” asked a confused Beenie Man. When Beenie declared to the audience the show would go on in his absence, Bounty was seen making his final exit.

“They say Bounty gone, but I came here to work,” the dancehall doctor continued to a resounding cheer.

The Kingston native dipped into his extensive catalogue to successfully fill the unscheduled void, cueing his backing Ruff Cut band into a medley of his 90s hits.

The self-proclaimed Jamaican “Girls Dem Sugar” got some additional welcome help from the Trinidadian “Girls Dem Dahlin” as soca star Bunji Garlin (Ian Alvarez) and “Champion” Dwayne Bravo both made impromptu cameo appearances, much to the delight of the massive crowd. Beenie Man: I did my part Beenie Man, however, had no answers when asked about the reason for Bounty’s hasty exit.

“Nothing nuh happen, the show nice and Bounty Killer walk off stage. You haffi ask him that, but I finish my performance as you can see, blessings Rastafari,” an affable Beenie told the Express.

Bounty Killer and his management, however, could not be reached for comment.

Beenie, meanwhile, said despite the setbacks on the night, he relished the opportunity to once again perform in Trinidad and Tobago.

“It’s the greatest feeling, yuh know, to know say you can come here, Trinidad, ah sure realise how dem want it and gih dem it di proper way. Regardless of what happen I still perform and I appreciate that,” he concluded. Promoter: We can’t control everything Event promoter Kwesi “Hoppy” Hopkinson said despite their efforts some things remain out of their control.

“I think they (the crowd) got a great show despite everything. Beenie went for an hour after, I didn’t expect him to go that long. But I do apologise to the people who didn’t get to hear more of him (Bounty Killer). I really thought he went off to come back, but we can’t control everything,” said Hopkinson.

“They still competing at the end of the day and what I hearing is he (Bounty) has done this before so I doh know. It shows it still have that rivalry between them.

Earlier, veteran Jamaican crooner Wayne Wonder (Von Wayne Charles) and dancehall star Aidonia (Sheldon Lawrence) won over fans in the audience with a couple of stellar opening performances.

They were preceded by a large cast of local dancehall/soca and reggae acts, including M1 (Sherwin Jeremiah), Dawg E Slaughter (Derek Pereira), Prophet Benjamin (Devon Samuel) and Isasha (Brendon Young), among others.

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