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The Jamrock Reggae Cruise, founded by Damian Marley, provides Jamaican artistes without US visas with an alternative to reach overseas fans.

In an issue of Billboard magazine, the state that artists such as Jah Cure, Popcaan, Busy Signal and Bounty Killer are all without  work permits or work visas in at least the United States for a number of reasons. All however performed on the Pearl cruise ship recently to US and European audiences, noted Billboard writer Patricia Meschino.

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According to Loop, the article under the headline, “Plagued By Visa Problems, Jamaican Stars Seek Alternatives to Reach Fans”, explained that the ship remained outside of US waters while those particular artistes performed on the five-day cruise. As such, it allowed them access to that audience wtithout a major reggae festival.

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“All are without visas/work permits for the US, the UK and Canada. As such, the Jamrock cruise organizers devised an opportunity to present four in-demand Jamaican acts that American, Canadian and British reggae lovers are unable to see in their countries,” according to the article, noting that the artistes boarded the ship at the first port in Jamaica and disembarked at the second port in Jamaica before the ship returned to Miami, USA.

Convictions and offensive lyrics were listed as being among the reasons why those artistes have been denied visas.


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