By: Claude Mills
Photos By: Carlington Wilmot
Many people considered D'Angel's birthday party a 'rehearsal of sorts' for the upcoming wedding fiesta planned for the two superstar lovebirds.
For one, the birthday cake had three tiers, friends and family from both sides were present, the emcees kept making 'wedding jokes', and love permeated the air. For many, the high point of the party occurred just a few minutes after the wedding jokes when Beenie grabbed the mic, and belted out the words to a new song, 'Woman I Love You'.
Woman I love you like no one I have ever loved before
Woman I need yu like no one that I've ever needed before
Anytime I am alone with you, you bring so much joy to my world
Everytime I am away from you, you take a piece of my heart
And then later on in the verse, he earned a forward with the line: mi glad yu run weh de bredda/weh a sip-up the thredda. He then immediately stopped, and burst into laughter. The girls giggled, and the men had sheepish grins. Some of them kept looking towards the road to see if anyone had heard and was going to show dissent, but nothing happened. And Beenie completed the song to much applause, whistles and cheering.
Asked what was the night's biggest surprise, she said "the song":
"Moses sang for me, I didn't cry, when mi happy, I don't cry, maybe on the Wedding Day I will cry, but it was so touching and tender...I never knew he was going to sing that song for me...this is my happiest birthday party ever," she gushed to YardFlex.Com later that night.
It was a moment of incredible emotional currency, so much so that a single shiny tear descended from the left eye of a girl standing behind me, wetting her cheek in its lonely trail.
Earlier the couple arrived together in a limousine, and a throng of photographers and videographers descended on them. Beenie was dressed in an impeccable white suit, with an aqua blue shirt underneath, while D'Angel was dazzling in an expensive satin gold, custom-made, diamond encrusted into the lace.
The gold-themed event went off without a hitch, and after cutting the cake, they danced to an Eric Benet song, and then twirled and high-stepped onstage to R. Kelly's 'Step in the Name of Love'.
Guess who was there?
By the end of the night, Beenie Man was 'fras', and he danced onstage for the amusement of the audience, played emcee stealing Beetle Bailey's gig, and even supervised the set production of L.U.S.T who performed a few acoustic-styled love songs - all with one bottle of Hennessey in his left hand. Emcee Nuffy, Coppershot, Code Red, the British Crew, West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels, Macka Diamond, Barkey and Wickerman, Queen Paula and well-known businessman Tony Montana. And oh yeah, Papa & Razzi, Jamaica's finest.
It was a night heavy with subtext about the upcoming wedding with Beenie making references that he was no longer an 'ole dawg' and that when 'pure gal call me, mi tell dem mi have mi wife'. Tony Montana even put in his application for the best man, saying no wedding caan gwaan without him, to which Beetle Bailey replied, 'mi no know 'bout that, from the groom de de, and the wife de de, it can gwaan'.