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Gays Cancelled A Few - But Buju Banton Tour Continues

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Gargamel Music is pleased to confirm that four-time Grammy nominated Reggae artist and icon, Buju Banton will kick off his hotly anticipated Rasta Got Soul US Tour on September 12th in Philadelphia. We are disappointed by the hasty cancellation of a few shows by Live Nation/House of Blues and Goldenvoice/AEG, but fans will be happy to know we have over 30 confirmed shows that are definitely playing and we are working to replace the canceled dates. Now our team is primarily concerned with setting the record straight on the grossly inaccurate portrait of Buju being painted by certain organizations and systematically relayed to the masses and the media.

Buju Banton was all of 15-years-old when he wrote "Boom Bye Bye" in response to a widely publicized man/boy rape case in Jamaica. It was not a call to violence. The song was re-released on a popular dancehall rhythm in 1992 and caused a huge uproar after receiving commercial radio play in the States. Following much public debate back then, prominent gay rights leaders - and Buju decidedly moved on. For the record, it is the only song he ever made on the subject - and he does not perform it today.

Those who have followed Buju Banton's musical journey and have actually listened to his extensive catalog, know of his development into a world-class singer, songwriter and performer who can quietly sell out such prestigious venues as the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York and Brixton Academy in London. He does not advocate violence. There has never been a shred of violence at any of his live shows. In fact, he commonly preaches against violence - against all people.

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Buju's consistently positive messages of peace, love and enlightenment have never been lost in the music. His 1995 Grammy-nominated album 'Til Shiloh marked a spiritual and musical transformation that yielded the classic narratives "Untold Stories," "Wanna Be Loved" and "Murderer," which personified the horrific increase in gun crimes in Kingston's inner city. His Grammy-nominated Inna Heights (1997) garnered him numerous comparisons to the late, great Bob Marley.

Long before Hollywood raised its collective consciousness about Darfur, there was Buju Banton wailing about the genocide happening in "Sudan" on 1999's Unchained Spirit. His Friends For Life (2003) and Too Bad (2006) projects were both acknowledged with Grammy nods for Best Reggae Album. Buju's latest Roots Reggae opus, Rasta Got Soul (2009), has already been welcomed with critical acclaim in the US, Europe and Japan.

The artist's love for humanity is not just demonstrated in words but also in deeds. Twelve years ago he responded to the AIDS crisis in Jamaica by launching Operation Willy, an organization focused on raising monies for HIV positive babies and children who lost their parents to the disease. For three years he served as a celebrity spokesperson for Upliftment Jamaica, a US-based non-profit committed to working with underprivileged youth back home.

Yet none of these personal and professional accomplishments matter much to a gay lobby hell bent on destroying the livelihood of a man who has spent an entire career making amends -- his way. Sadly, their 17 year fixation on waging war against one artist has prevented them from turning this initiative into a larger, more fruitful discussion that could perhaps effect real change.

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Comments (12)

 

Posted by ziggie bless aka juncsion. | September 3, 2009 4:40 PM

DEM CANT STOP JAH WORKS,A ZIGGIE BLESS SEH DAT.



unknown:
Posted by unknown | September 4, 2009 11:26 AM

NO MATTER HOW MUCH UNNO FIX IT UP AND TALK BOUT HIM DO SONG FROM HIM A 15 AND HIM MOVE ON. IS HIM INSIGHT VOILENCE AGAINST GAYS. SO THE ONLY THING HIM CAN DO IS FI COME PUBLICLY AND SEY HIM SORRY FI WHAT HIM CAUSE AND TELL THE REST OF ARTISTE NEVER TO DO ANOTHER SONG BASHING GAYS AGAIN. THEN WE WILL EASE UP.



aA Jeffery:
Posted by aA Jeffery | September 4, 2009 12:18 PM

Dem caan stop di gagamel gays fi go one side and low di man mek im say wey a di right ting fi sey yow gagamel dem caa stop u show



Posted by Mykal | September 4, 2009 12:40 PM

I read this article and am just laughing...as its not making any sense to the outside world..was he 15 when he wrote it.....does his mind change as to what he think, hope and wish to happen to dem b*tty bwoy..NO..I am not gay but i dont wish all dem things to them....Artist like Bob Marley, Shaggy and Sean Paul will do well outside of Jamaica as they think big and wisely..I am sure they say in their songs what sex they like and want to be with, but they dont put words in songs wishin gays dead ..come on Jamaica stop worring b*tty people me and you a nuh Gay...so what, if we kill out all the gays from jamaica this minute the next minute it will double



$$RENEGADE$$:
Posted by $$RENEGADE$$ | September 4, 2009 7:30 PM

BIG UP TO MI GENERAL BUJU, NO BWOY CAN STOP YOU, A$$RENEGADE$$ SEH DAT.



Hobosic:
Posted by Hobosic | September 5, 2009 11:04 AM

Hi,
Interesting, I`ll quote it on my site later.



di true don-mon:
Posted by di true don-mon | September 5, 2009 6:55 PM

a yah yunno me seh buju a scapegoat fi dem. dem no wan' recognize true human rights, dem a wan b*tty nation fe dem own edification. but mi no mad at gays, an me nah hate except when tis a pickney dem a rape. still, me nah bash dem, mash dem or smash dem, me just clash dem in a rational action, seen? dem should stop de war and live up fe de truth and rights and upliftment of all humanity. why dem wan' punish buju? dem a promote inequity, was, and wickedness all ovah de world.



Baru:
Posted by Baru | September 5, 2009 7:51 PM

Ha! This will make Live Nation look more like wimps if most of the shows are still up and running and the cancelled ones made up for quick....

Wrong move on their part....cowards! I've seen all the nasty things they write about Buju and Jamaica as a whole on most websites concerning this story...

Still love Jamaica!

Some people need to do their research before running their mouths or bowing down to gay rights this and that....It's Live Nation's loss on the mulas so....next promoter gets the cheque...

Keep it moving. This is music!



Canada raps:
Posted by Canada raps | September 8, 2009 2:27 AM

How are you going to hold a grudge against the man for something he said 17 years ago over a 3 minute track. If you want to fight for your rights so be it but you showed up almost 2 decades too late for this battle.



Strange Fruit Swingin in the Southern Trees:
Posted by Strange Fruit Swingin in the Southern Trees | September 11, 2009 4:09 PM

How hypocritical for buju's publicist to say that he has spent 17 years making amends.

Let's see:
-He performed this song as recently as 2006
-He continues to make fat bucks from royalties and downloads of this song
-He continues to stand by the lyrics of this song....he did denounce violence against gay people once, when signing the reggae compassion act, but then denounced the letter saying his 'european' promoters forced him to do it
-He has become THE international symbol of violence against gay people, which has been a significant boost to his career
-He and this song are famous around the world, and frequently replayed, and every time that happens gay people are subject to calls for genocide. Might be funny if so many gay people aren't the actual victims of genocide.
-He was videotaped recently stating, "the war between faggots and me will never end."

that statement is the most hypocritical, disingenous and desperate attempt at spin i've ever seen. my friends and family are safer cuz buju has been kept out of california.

Look outaroad, whoever you are, there are very very few gay people who would say, "wow what a talent that buju is if you just overlook those calls to murder gay people."

and neither should you. if buju wants to move on, he should stop making money off anti-gay violence, and act like a man and denounce it.



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 5:14 PM

I don't agree that gays should be murdered, and I do not agree that gay activists should force people to accept or believe in homosexuality; everyone is entitled to their own opinion and most certainly, Buju have rights too, not only gays; as long as the songs that he sings at his concert have nothing to do with gays, I dont think that they should try to boycott his concerts; my god, how long will they continue to crucify this man; evertime he tries to do a concert gay activists do everything in their power to boycott his concerts; He has to make a living too.



Sini:
Posted by Sini | October 1, 2009 3:41 AM

Kind of sad that, because of his notoriety, Buju is now the best known representative in America of music from the land that gave us Burning Spear, Toots, Marley and Black Uhuru. For anyone who loves reggae and Jamaica, that's reason enough to want this guy far, far away from the United States.



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