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Buju Banton, the Warrior. Trinidad Never Saw It Coming.

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This was no festival. This was a revival… an awakening. I Am Legend- Trinidad and Tobago’s answer to Jamaica’s Long Walk to Freedom and the same in the Bahamas thereafter, was ultimately, the rudest awakening any bad boy or consummate evildoer could’ve gotten.

On Sunday evening, Trinidad and Tobago was blessed with prayer at the Queen’s Park Savannah and little did the people know that this ministering they received, as subliminal as it was, was indeed the only answer to the country’s myriad of criminal activity and other social ills. Buju’s presence in the twin island Republic between Friday and Sunday, impacted the people immensely, many having realized in a very short space of time that this man of God and grace, Buju Banton, through wisdom and words, blessed the country, tactically delivering positivity in such a way, they hardly saw it coming.

Power lies in the spoken and sung word. On Sunday night, after patrons of I Am Legend had been blessed with the amazing performances by Order featuring Ziggy Rankin, Isasha, Mr. King and Ataklan, Kes The Band, LUST with Tony Curtis and Singing Melody, Wayne Wonder, Koffee and Luciano, Buju returned to the Queen’s Park Savannah stage after 10 years, with a vibe that electrified, making it abundantly clear that he would never leave again.

Police Search Buju’s Hotel Room.

One day prior, he had been the victim of a police search. His hotel room was invaded by policemen who said they had a warrant. Banton would not allow that embarrassing misfortune to go unnoticed. Nothing found in his possession, the officers left, however Buju immediately posted his disturbance to social media. A firestorm erupted next and it set the tone for a weekend that would include a private meeting between Jamaica’s High commission, The Commissioner of Police of Trinidad and Tobago and Buju Banton himself. Needless to say, the Top Cop apologized to the entertainer. This preceded a public show-stopper one day later, as Gary Griffith mounted the festival stage to confess Trinidad and Tobago’s love for Buju and the desire to maintain amicable relations with his country, Jamaica.

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Jamaica’s Koffee Nominated for A Grammy Award. Youth Could Steal the Show!

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Nineteen-year-old Jamaican reggae artist, Koffee has been nominated by the Grammy nomination committee for her first Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album category. It’s the first nomination for the Spanish Town native who is the youngest solo reggae act to have gotten a nomination in the category.

Koffee is going head to head with Julian Marley with “As I Am,” Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics with “The Final Battle” and Third World with “More Work To Be Done” which was produced by Damian Marley.

This is Koffee’s first nomination for a Grammy Award. The EP was also her debut.

The young entertainer released her debut EP, ‘Rapture’ in March this year. She appeared at major concerts which featured Buju Banton and other prominent acts, in the aftermath of the EP’s release, promoting her music and offering fans, especially in the Caribbean, a better opportunity to feel her vibe. In Trinidad in April, when Buju headlined the I Am Legend concert, Koffee was added to the cast much to the anticipation of her younger fan base. Her momentum never slowed and she never disappointed. Fast forward to November and the young, positive influencer is showing signs of musical greatness for many years to come.

Other Jamaican entertainers who have enjoyed Grammy Award success are Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Damian Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear, among others.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is scheduled for January 26, 2020, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Buju Signals Imminent Music Release. Teaser Suggests Artiste Remains Guarded.

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Being incarcerated for almost 10 years, for a crime one vehemently denies committing, would change a man’s life forever. Mark Myrie, the man many know and easily refer to as Buju Banton, is yet to officially speak to any media house in the aftermath of his release from US prison. Ten months ago, Buju felt freedom once again and since that time, like a bird released from a cage, the ‘Optimistic Soul’ singer has unceasingly sung – his spirit soaring most when on stage, with mic in hand.

On the weekend, Buju and a cast of other powerful Caribbean entertainers including Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons, performed for a massive crowd at Dominica’s World Creole Festival. On the heels of that, he’s unleashed a teaser video for a brand new single with Dave Kelly, one of the most successful dancehall producers in Jamaica. Kelly is known for producing Cham’s international hit, ‘Ghetto Story,’ which was later remixed by RnB hit maker, Alicia Keys. He’s also credited as the creator of the Showtime riddim- a widely popular riddim in the Caribbean. The teaser hears Buju’s vocals behind an echoing sentiment, ‘mi no trust phone,’ something that can be easily believed, considering the fact that the artist has maintained that he was entrapped ten years ago.

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THANK YOU DOMINICA . . . . 🎥 by @musictraveltour

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The latest piece of musical work will follow four singles done by Buju since his release. ‘Pay The Price’, ‘Country for Sale’, ‘Holy Ground’ and Holy Mountain, which also features Jamaica’s Sizzla Kalonji and Mavado. The latter two singles form part of DJ Khaled’s ‘Father of Asahd’ album which was released in May this year.

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Suh… mi done chat

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