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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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No Stopping The Rasta Preacher Now. DJ Khaled Delivers Buju Banton to Even His Detractors.

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The irony. In a world where a man can be entrapped miles away from his home country, detained for near 10 years, released, and return to being an even bigger symbol of power and positivity than he ever was, proves there are no limits. Buju Banton’s fire blazes on.

Internationally acclaimed multi millionaire music mogul, DJ Khaled’s been a close friend and ally of Mark Myrie, the artiste we all fondly refer to as Buju Banton, for some 19 years. Khaled, a US national born to Palestinian parents, has been grounded enough to know the sweet beauty that can often be found in the harsh rubble of ghetto cultured living. It’s no surprise that his latest album release, an honorary tribute to his young son, Asahd, features a few of Jamaica’s best, among them Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji and Mavado.


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Nailah’s Sick! Here’s Why.

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Not in the literal sense.

Nailah Blackman

Ok… ok… let’s clear this up. The soca hottie’s in need of no pill or treatment. Nailah’s perfectly healthy but she’s got a sick ambition that’s almost guaranteed to take her on a whirlwind career adventure. Truth be told, female artistes in the Caribbean’s less structured music industry, often find themselves falling victim to the rigors of their reality. It’s really not as glamorous as they make it look on social media. Nailah Blackman’s however in the running to becoming one of the caribbean’s biggest superstars if she continues to play her cards right.

Here’s why we say that!

  1. Nailah’s got grit. Unlike every other female soca artiste in the business, Nailah’s stuck to her goal of delivering music the people will enjoy year round. She isn’t getting caught up in the politics of the music business, and since she kicked off her career just about two years ago, she’s remained consistent.
  2. She understands the power of Social Media. In a world where social media platforms are ruining lives, perpetuating violence and encouraging gossip and vanity, Nailah’s using it all to her advantage. She’s got her fan accounts, her hashtag game on lock and she’s filling in all the Caribbean entertainment gaps with posts on all the trending platforms, which essentially keeps the buzz on her, constantly.
  3. She’s focused on upping her game. Now, the harsh truth of the entertainment industry is that from the moment you stop trying to be the best, you fall all the way to the back of the class. In the Caribbean especially, the odds are harshly against the rise of female entertainers. For Patrice Roberts, Nailah Blackman, Destra Garcia, Spice, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Nessa Preppy and the lot of gals in the race, consistency and development is imperative. In her short time at the forefront of the music industry, Blackman’s team has secured her placement at the BET Awards, Coachella and other top tiered industry events. She’s been to Jamaica Carnival and several other major Carnival related events worldwide. Truth is, she picked up steam and she has never slowed down.
  4. Nailah’s interested in meaningful collaborations. Maybe she’s a true believer in the Law of Attraction but it seems like this has been working to her advantage. Nailah’s been on a relationship building drive. Her collaborations, in a very short space of time with artistes like Kees, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Sekon Sta and Erphaan Alves, Tarrus Riley and Ding Dong have proven incredibly effective. She’s pretty much been building a catalogue of music that’s unparalleled while at the same time, benefitting from powerful networks. Now, she’s on to creating her debut album, outside of Trinidad and Tobago.
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