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The Icon Buju Banton Speaks - I have no friends in high society

bujubonton-haters-reggaejamaica.jpgGreetings, good people of the earth! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the love and support over the years and for your continued support in the future.

By now most have already heard about the separation between myself and Penthouse Music Group. Let me assure you that it was one of mutual understanding, and that I sincerely wish Mr. Donovan Germain all the best. With much respect I say to Mr. Germain, thank you for the many years of service and for the eye-opening experience.

To the haters, hate on. To the well-wishers, we will be victorious because JAH LIVE. As for me personally, I am fine. Glad I now have the medium to communicate to my fans and friends all over the world.

Here at Gargamel we are cultivating a new awareness in the minds of music lovers everywhere. Over the past three years, I have been steadily building. The trials were many and the lessons arduous. However, it has made me much more informed and knowledgeable about this business of music. Learning how everything works behind the scenes is crucial in this age. I am proud to announce that the studio renovation is now complete, give God almighty the glory -- yet our works have just begun.
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There are so much things to discuss and share with you but where to begin? I am of the belief that there is a certain force at work in this, our beloved island of Jamaica: a force working to further undermine us as a people who should know by now where we are coming from, and where we are going. Where is unity? Where is trust? Where is loyalty? Where is conscience?

How long will brothers be placed in the uncomfortable position of being the buffer between the rich and poor in this country, all in the name of security? The scale is not a balanced one when it comes to dealing with those they say have not, as opposed to those who have.

In Jamaica today we have a terrible problem with the guns, the gunman, the politicians, the dons, the deejays, the lesbian and gays, you name it. We are suffering a social decay yet no one, not a single one of our entertainers, have seen the need for a change in the lyrical content they are selling.

In times past, entertainers were such a vocal set that even church leaders would quote them during service. What happened? Have we all become followers now, instead of leaders for our people? No wonder these political snipers are getting away with blue murder. Everybody is afraid of what speaking out might bring.

I have no friends in high society. My friends are those I can identify with, those who have a heart conscience, those who see our country -- overrun by crooks and cut throats -- and are calling deep inside for their champions to restore their pride and dignity so we Jamaicans can once more hold our heads high and serve this great nation with our all. We have a responsibility. Let's pull together.

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Comments (48)

 

DELLY RANX:
Posted by DELLY RANX | May 12, 2008 10:20 PM

GREAT WORDS FROM MY MENTOR BUJU BANTON I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE FOR THIS MUSIC BUSINESS AND YET MORE TO COME I WILL BE A PART OF THE PULL TOGETHER SERVICE.

DELLY RANX



damion:
Posted by damion | May 12, 2008 10:29 PM

positive words buju nuff people dont see that way, glad how a artiste look at it like that.



Chubble:
Posted by Chubble | May 13, 2008 8:21 AM

Big up Buju a real thing your talking...Many blessing to you and to whatever you do.



StrongMind:
Posted by StrongMind | May 13, 2008 8:56 AM

Buju know yu are one in a millon.. if we had more Men like you then our problems today would be problems of the past.

Lead on Buju... even if you reach just one then that one can teach one more. seet?

love yu nuff!

Strongmind



toya:
Posted by toya | May 13, 2008 9:42 AM

much love and respect to u buju. love the way you spoke in this article. keep on being true to yourself, your culture and your music.



DehYah:
Posted by DehYah | May 13, 2008 10:30 AM

Buju is so right. Jamaican culture and the dancehall culture sickens me sometimes

The vanity..the vilolence..the greed...the racisim..and the shameless WORSHIP of money.

Always feeling the need to be above someone and to put another person down "listen to some of these lyrics"

Doing ANYTHING for more "tings", car, bike, clothes, house etc. Not to mention the SLACKNESS that is dancehall now. "Dem ton di dancehall inna whore house"

The fact white people, coolie, chinese own every damn thing....

Still discriminating on darkskinned people

These dons mordering people for these eveil politicians or out of creed and spite

Obeah and all the nastiness people do to other people.

Is a sad day in deed.



Ricky Rudy:
Posted by Ricky Rudy | May 13, 2008 12:02 PM

A di real boss diss. Nuff respect to the Gargamel.



Hustler:
Posted by Hustler | May 13, 2008 12:22 PM

Coming from the heart Mr. Banton. I only hope that some people will read with understanding and move forward with a more positive message where the music is concerned. Again much love and respect for trying to restore some level of positiveness in the music.



Goodazgirl:
Posted by Goodazgirl | May 13, 2008 12:38 PM

Yes Gargamel, I enjoyed your performance at MSG this weekend, as always you give your audience your all. You are one of the most down to earth and consistent artist in the business and I wish you well in your endeavors.



Staynice:
Posted by Staynice | May 13, 2008 12:40 PM

Im must say every interview that i can watch or read with Buju Banton i do because he is so intellectual and straight forward and well balanced in terms of knowledge and experience. He is one of the few musical ambassadors who is trying to make us more knowledgeable as a people and i think we ought to take the time out to listen and take a page from hi book. Big respect to you Buju, i hope you continue to make Jamaicans proud.



ezra:
Posted by ezra | May 13, 2008 12:41 PM

Jamaica will never be a peace full country because the culture accepts violence as the norm
And not to mention is pure coward is here, look at what happen to that girl in half -way -tree and not a word from nobody.



Goodup Goodup:
Posted by Goodup Goodup | May 13, 2008 12:50 PM

Bludkleet
Buju mi kno a yuh publicist write dis but very well said!
A chue yuh a talk Buju..we need fi unite as 1 finally instead of talking bout it so we can run out some a di dutty livity ppl who a bring dung Jamrock. Anytime yuh ready fi build di army Buju yuh kno weh fi find me...round pon Morningside Drive u already kno!!!!!
Dont stop bun dem out Buju! yuh backative deh yah!



kk from philly:
Posted by kk from philly | May 13, 2008 12:57 PM

well said Buju, nuff love



Sexxxy S:
Posted by Sexxxy S | May 13, 2008 1:31 PM

Thank you for your wisdom and inspiring words



raskronik:
Posted by raskronik | May 13, 2008 1:47 PM

buju from me personally, i just rated u and that speach 50% more..... so now your ratings is a 150% where am concerned. big up
ps. jamaica wise up cause a lot of f**kry (pardon my french) is goin on and we will get ours soon if we don't, as my granny use to say "bruk up we folly grounds" r.i.p granny.


flood earthquake famine.... end of days



Daclansh:
Posted by Daclansh | May 13, 2008 2:38 PM

GREAT POINT BUT WE THE PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE THE CHANGES AND STICK TO IT..



Farrel:
Posted by Farrel | May 13, 2008 2:45 PM

Hail the I. Sorry about the situation with you and Penthhouse Music, but thats what makes us strong - "CHANGES". Its also a learning experience for you too. And as Delly Ranx, " WILL BE A PART OF THE PULL TOGETHER SERVICE, althou I am not an artiste I will be apart too.

Love and respect to you Buju

Farrel



doug shaw:
Posted by doug shaw | May 13, 2008 2:49 PM

AMEN!!!!!!!!



Nicky:
Posted by Nicky | May 13, 2008 2:51 PM

Very nicely said. As to Ezra, we j'cans agree that there is alot of violence in our society but many of us don't feel it is the norm. Of course we are praying for the day when we can sleep with our doors and windows open again. Only time will tell



Posted by Dj Tinah [Eyespy Ent.] | May 13, 2008 2:57 PM

OVER HILLS & VALLEYS, Jah will Guide and Protect his People. We have yu Mr Buju, All De Way. Much Luv fi de Positivity, and Messages of Guidance n'Hope.

I Respek You Sir

Eyespy Ent. seh dat. Representing the Nation Of Zimbabwe. . .



Posted by Moriah | May 13, 2008 3:01 PM

Truly impressed, the first step is the hardest and i suggest everyone take a page out of Buju Banton's book, do whatever we can to restore this beautiful country to some kind of normalcy.

The change will come about when people who have the potential to impact change, embrace the transformation process.

its starts with the DJ playing more conscious tune, the producer opening the market for new entrants with positive vibes, the artiste willing to sing lyrics that can heal and inform a nation.

Finally the system must accommodate these changes, the divide and rule technique MUST GO

Thanks Buju, truly inspirational, truly Ijestic in keeping with the teachings of HIM Emperor Haile Selassie 1

The way forward move in Love and Harmony



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2008 3:22 PM

greatest of all time



Annette Parris:
Posted by Annette Parris | May 13, 2008 3:25 PM

Very inspiring words,it shows how mature u have become. Love the way ur thinking as an entertainer. I hope other artists would just take a page out of ur book and put down the violent mentality. Attitude like urs is the reason y u r one of my favorite Jamaican entertainer. Big up & nuff luv! Respect everytime!



Gary Monsta:
Posted by Gary Monsta | May 13, 2008 5:06 PM

Speak up Buju Banton because without WORDS and WORKS many of our fellow Jamaicans is on the path to destruction. There is no hope amdist all the injustice circulating the Island.



Frank James:
Posted by Frank James | May 13, 2008 5:08 PM

Big up to the I Buju, very well spoken...I have often seen/heard you doing interviews...you are eloquent whether in patoi or 'proper english', and you make solid the notion that is not where yu come from but how yu live yu life, the works you do and the way you deal wit others...it would be VERY interesting, seeing as how you agree about the decadence(nastiness/immorality)in the dancehall & society, what your take is on the red stripe ban...and also the ignorant responses from fellow artistes...especially Beenie Man who is quoted as saying that the locking off of sessions at 2am will only mek man get violent, cause dem 'frass'...Beenie, Movado, bounty and the rest have missed the point...but no worry Buju, lead the way...be a part of the positive(Jah nah sleep)...the clean way is the only way...dem & dem 'toilet paper' music ago 'melt' and be like the chaff that the wind driveth away...for only the righteous can stand in this judgemant. Selah



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2008 5:43 PM

that why BUJU is the real big man in music big up to you and may God bless you



ossie:
Posted by ossie | May 13, 2008 6:02 PM

Wise word from the gargamel



honi:
Posted by honi | May 13, 2008 6:04 PM

great words.........i just hope that u were sincere and, this wasn't just a publicity stunt!!!!!!!!



L:
Posted by L | May 13, 2008 7:17 PM

Buju is very well read...he doesn't need a publicist to write for him...why did you have to say that...dat is one of the things wrong wid we jamaicans...couldn't you just big him up without the negativity....

I really hope this is the beginning of something new and positive for JAMAICA.

Thanks Buju...



BEENIE MAN, VYBES KARTEL AND NUFF ADDA MAN IN THE BUSSINESS:
Posted by BEENIE MAN, VYBES KARTEL AND NUFF ADDA MAN IN THE BUSSINESS | May 13, 2008 8:31 PM

come on Buju you seem to forget you are a pioneer in this gangsta violence image music...i have cd where you are saying "people quick...smaddy muss dead in yah...wi cut bwoy troat and drink blood..."

You are no different from these political monsters who help the violence...the only difference is you talk about it and the politicians do it...so in essence you are a fake gangsta...you have made no valuable contribution to Jamaica's people...

When was the last time you visit a school?
When was the last time you donate a book or some computers to a school?

gain you are being a fake positive activist because all you are doing is talk...

you are like a consultant...

Jamaica need less consultant who seem to know what to do but asking someone else to do the work...

in you last album you made it clear that "Don different from dupes" and "a mi and unuh too b*mbocl**t"...

and you have a song saying "gun inah hand different form gun inah waist"

you must take responsibility for you actions to and since you making all these talk why not start to clean up some of you cliche lyrics that Jamaica has come to accept as "what the people dem want"

what di people dem want is some help...

so start there and you wont have to be worrying in your newly refurbished studio where you have chased out youths who need a helping hand daily or that verse to make them become owners of studios in the near future...

STOP BEING A HYPOCRITE AND DO SOMETHING

FUCKING INTILECTUAL FOOL!!!



Inggie:
Posted by Inggie | May 13, 2008 9:53 PM

Very well said Mr. Banton, I only wish the other entertainers can take a page out of your book. It is full time JAMAICA & JAMAICANS are known for something other than community warfair and slackness.. Mi can bypass some a the new artist wey just a try mek a name fi dem self, but the veteran artist dem need fi put dung the foolishness, and start uplift di people.. Mi love my Island and my people and wouldn't gi it wey fi nutten but wi need fi do betta because we can.. NUFF RESPECT BUJU .. mi artist fi years!!!



spragga benz:
Posted by spragga benz | May 13, 2008 10:26 PM

mi nuh have none up deh neither mi don..me a one yute a do my thing in righteousness to the glorification of the most high and the fulljoyment of my brothers and sisters in the diaspora...i tell myself I AM THE VOICE, I AM THE EARS AND EYES, I AM THE CHANGE...MY TIME IS NOW...MORE LIFE FOR THE RIGHTEOUS AND DEATH FOR THE WICKED



lovely:
Posted by lovely | May 13, 2008 11:18 PM

WONDERFULLY SAID MR.BANTON.I LOVE AND RESPECT YOU AND I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST.....WHEN ARE YOU COMING TO CANADA



Empress Marcia:
Posted by Empress Marcia | May 14, 2008 12:34 AM

Nuf respect Buju,no watch no face cause noting happens before the time.It's your time now.



BODO:
Posted by BODO | May 14, 2008 2:35 AM

I do agree with you buju,the society has just changed that things are not straight anymore.The devil has taken over the minds of people all over.Jamaican entertainers this days just sing for the love of money not like it used to be before.buju plz give us more teachings with your music just like bob marley,peter tosh,dennis brown did before.i give you much respect all the time.



jerome:
Posted by jerome | May 14, 2008 7:47 AM

Jerome from Tortola...big fan from long time...and word like these are just some of the reasons why.
Buju has earned his title as "Jamaica's Favorite Son" as he is earnest, intelligent, lofty and certainly socially conscious and concerned with his country's well-being. Lyrical content is just one of the areas of illness; but a major one indeed. Other artistes whose lyrics only promote and perpetuate the propaganda and foolishness need to wisen up soon, as they are feeding the social conflicts and street crimes with their lyrical filth. How can the youths be any better when those who "got it" are telling you the way to "get it" is through guns and violence. Much respect to you Buju, I hope the artistes take heed.



mrhhype:
Posted by mrhhype | May 14, 2008 5:38 PM

IF THE GARGAMEL IS PLEADING ON FELLOW ENTERTAINERS TO CLEAN UP THEIR LYRICS HOW PLEASANT THAT WOULD WOULD BE FOR OUR COUNTRY. CERTAIN ARTISTE REALLY NEED TO CLEAN UP WHAT IS BEEN FED IN OUR CHILDREN EARS.DID YOU KNOW THAT MUSIC HAS AN INFLUENCE ON PEOPLE AND THE SOCIETY? IT IS A POWERFUL MEDIUM SO YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT OUT. HOPE MAVADO AND OTHERS WILL LISTEN TO THE GARGAMEL.



meleon:
Posted by meleon | May 15, 2008 9:20 AM

U know whenever someone does or say something positive u always have some r*as-hole fi try and put him down. To the posting by the smaddy weh claim seh dem a BEENIE MAN, VIBES AND ALL ARTISTS, mek mi tell unnuh this: It is never too late fi a shower of rain! Even if di man started out wid di violent lyrics inna him music before di fact is he is now a more mature person and have seen that these things nuh work nuh more. Di man has seen what society has come to and has taken the first steps to be the voice of music that speaks against it publicly. Like many of us Jamaicans wi tired fi hear, read and live with the violence. Some of us living overseas are afraid to come home even to visit. I am tired of having to explain and trying to paint nice picture of Jamaica whenever I am abroad because it seems like I am telling a lie when the media says different. It makes me very ashamed when the first thing someone says to u when u deh a farrin is: "Jamaica is so violent! or Jamaicans ar violent pple!" How many of u know that we are branded as "The Murder Capital of the World."

Suh instead a trying to tear down the man and bring strife inna di ting, look deeply inna unnuhselves. As a people, and as Artistes who are the most influencial to the young minds of Jamaica. Beenie (if is really u) What happen to the prayer breakfast weh u used to spear-head a Gussie Clarke Studio uppa Windsor Road inna di 1990's? Where is that Beenie Man that I once knew and respected? Is time wi Jamaicans tek back Jamaicans from di terrorists that we same one breedup. Unnuh si seh di bad dawg weh wi raise same one turn roun a bite wi?

Biggup Yaah BuJu, wi support u vision and cause 200%



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2008 2:26 PM

yes1 I agree with one of the commentators...about the fact that, in the past, Buju himself has recorded some questionable songs...like,"gal mi haffi get yu even if at gun point!"...but neva mind dat for Jah love the man dat come from the wrong and do the right...it's not too late...again I say, Buju, be a part of the positive because the winds of change have begun to blow...if you are serious about your new statements then I would say that you are jamaica's Barack Obama...YES WE CAN!...Yes Rasta, we CAN change dis...Bob Marley seh when yu have the mic inna yu hand is a powerful ting...to teach...some call demself di teacha but dem is leading the people down the wrong road...RASTAFARI!



frank james:
Posted by frank james | May 15, 2008 2:32 PM

see what I mean...beenie/vybes and the rest miss the point AGAIN...again I say that Jah love the man dat come from the wrong and do the right...is up to Buju now to do as he says and be consistent from now til Jah Judgemant...when I hear beenie and cartel speaking on these things it would appear that dem is the intelectual fools...dem and dem 'toilet paper' music(muta seh so)...real big man inna the bizniz nuh support 'f**kry'.



frank james:
Posted by frank james | May 15, 2008 2:42 PM

Buju ago need nuff support...but I think the authorities need also to be more consistent with the enforcement of the 'laws'...when dem(police)put down dem foot it fi stay deh till idiots get the message...tings like cussing pon stage...tings like the lyrical content inna the song dem...Babsy Grange, dah one yah a fi yu...you are the head of the entertainment stream...everyting start from the top...mek wi get some sound from you about this Buju statement...mek it stick...I remember Sameer Younis, some years ago, saying that it was only approx. 15,000 hooligans holding us(jamaicans) to ransom...GOOD WILL OVERCOME the evil...the ignorant ones 'hide' behind the notion of free speech...any guy dat do a song dat promotes nastiness or putting down women should be jailed til dem get the message...Rasta is the future!



rickashade:
Posted by rickashade | May 15, 2008 2:57 PM

men oh men, when you hear words like these coming from a great icon like buju banton, it makes me,and i hope u too(media) have nothing else but more love and appreciation for the I. Thanks for the positiveness and the great participation that you have taken in reggae muzic, and still going, may i add. Just like Bob Marley, Garnett Silk, Dennis Brown and many more great legends, your music will live on forever. You are a living legend. People listen and learn. BIG UP BUJU BANTON!! BLESS.



robert:
Posted by robert | May 15, 2008 4:09 PM

well said mr. myrie



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2008 10:38 PM

BIG BIG big ups to the gargamel!!we really need a change!!!!
Ur the boss Buju and all our entertainers need to come together to make this music a much more positive one!!!
All the citizens of this wonderful island also NEED to unite to make this country a more fulfilling one!!
I hope we will be able to unite for the betterment of our ISLAND PARADISE JAMAICA¡¡¡¡:(



Posted by nightstaka supreme | May 16, 2008 12:54 AM

BUJU BLESS UP YUHSELF EVERYTIME RASTA..



peach loren:
Posted by peach loren | May 16, 2008 1:32 AM

That was some great words of inspiration Buju. I hope that they will not only stay at outaroad.com but be spread repeatingly everywhere. The new artistes have there information wrong and they believe that the world is according to them. However, they will soon be made to realise that they are not the master of all. It's life and you are free to do what you want but your actions cannot lack principle, morality and respect for others. They too shall pass.



Nelly:
Posted by Nelly | May 16, 2008 12:44 PM

"Strive Not with a Man Without a Cause, if he has not you no Harm let by-gone be by-gone"

thank You Buju for coming forward, God Knows we need someone to, So Tek di Lead, and Lead Righteously and in Truth.



Prezzie:
Posted by Prezzie | May 16, 2008 1:04 PM

Nuff respects to the Gargamel for blowing the 'Wind of Change'. Whereas I grew up on what was 'back then' some great Gun and Gal tunes from Buju, we need to understand that our society, in particular our young adults, are guided more now by the music because they have precious little else to guide them. For us it was enjoyment, for them it has become 'livity' so we can appreciate that we need to offer better 'guidance'. Dances at House of Leo, Harbour View Roundabout, Red Hills Road are all happenings of the past for a reason. We need to appreciate that 'some' of our music is not the only contributor, but a contributor non the less to whatever is eating away at the moral fibre of our youth. We won't see any politicians posting views via this medium, so lets work with who we have.....MUSICIANS !!!!!!!



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