Tonight, in New York, the first ever Caribbean Music Awards will be hosted at the renowned, Kings Theater. Among the prestigious awards being distributed by organizers, is the Humanitarian Award. Buju Banton will be honored for his work in this area.
According to organizers, the award is being presented to the artiste for his selfless contribution to society. It explains that the award is given to that person who is civically engaged and demonstrates humility, empathy and willingness to support the advancement of others in community. Buju’s Foundation has certainly aided in the development of many in his homeland, Jamaica.
The award will come on the cusp of the ‘Buried Alive’ singer’s 14th studio album, which is set for release on September 8th. ‘Born for Greatness’ will deliver some 17 new singles to the masses worldwide, reminding fans that he has been gifted with grace and understands his role in society. Effectively harnessing his inner wisdom time and time again, Buju has, over the past year, performed in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and at the start of the New Year, he gave fans a treat at home in Jamaica at an event dubbed, Intimate. His stage show remains unparalleled, offering mature and young audiences true showmanship with moments of emotion, energy, prayer and social commentary.
Now, as he prepares for the release of ‘Born for Greatness,’ the artiste, in an interview with Dancehall Mag said, he is at a turning point musically. “I’m here and I’m seeing the direction the music is going. I’m seeing what’s happening in the global community geopolitically, as well as how the music from various other enclaves has somehow put ours aside. Now, it’s not any fault of those (types) of music why ours is not on the forefront like it should be. It’s more so a fault of ours because our production somehow stepped back from what it ought to be,” he said.
Buju Banton celebrated his 50th birthday in July, 2023. He has been in the music industry for over two decades. His studio album, ‘Upside Down 2020,’ released in 2020, was nominated for a Grammy award- the artiste’s 6th Grammy nomination, while peaking at #2 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.