Buju Banton is back. After serving time in prison, the reggae star will perform a homecoming show in Jamaica.
In 2009, Buju Banton, born Mark Anthony Myrie, was arrested in Florida, and later convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it, along with a further drug trafficking offense and a gun charge.
Following an absence of eight years from the industry, Buju Banton’s 2019 homecoming concert at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, marks a new chapter in his 30-year career and will include some new music written in his time away.
The Jamaica concert will be the first performance for Banton, 45, who spent nearly eight years at the McRae Correctional Institution in Georgia, since headlining the Buju Banton and Friends Before the Dawn event at Miami’s Bayfront Park Amphitheater on Jan. 16, 2011.
Banton’s Miami concert took place while Buju was out on bail after spending 11 months behind bars. The event attracted over 10,000 patrons with an additional 360,000 watching via live stream.
Buju Banton will kickoff the Long Walk to Freedom Tour in Jamaica on March 16, but the reggae star will also perform in The Bahamas, Trinidad, Barbados, Grenada, British Virgin Islands and St. Kitts.
Buju is also slated to perform at this year’s Summerjam Festival in Germany, which is annually one of the biggest reggae showcases in the world.
It is safe to say that reggae fans from across the globe will be anxiously awaiting these Buju Banton performances, and any future releases.
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Video: Buju Banton – “Wanna Be Loved” (Official Video)