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Archived: Buju Banton’s First Concert Takes Place in March. Each of His Shows Will Give Back to Charity.

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DJ Khaled flew to Jamaica this past weekend to meet with Buju and others.

Billboard has confirmed that Buju Banton’s first concert appearance will in fact take place in Jamaica. The event will take place on March 16th, 2019 at the National Stadium in Kingston. Confirmation of the much anticipated first-show comes just days after popular international music producer, DJ Khaled visited Jamaica, meeting with Buju and other reggae and dancehall artistes on the island. 

Billboard details that Buju with his 10-piece Shiloh Band will perform a full 90 minute set at the Long Walk to Freedom concert, which is being presented by Miami based, Best of the Best Productions and Kingson’s Solid Agency, which is managed by Sharon Burke. 

Buju Banton’s daughter was certainly happy to see her father.

Buju had indicated his desire to spend time with family and loved ones post release, but mere days after being released from prison, photos emerged of the reggae icon, in studio. Videos are also now emerging of the artiste out and about, seemingly preparing for something major. Buju’s last performance, before his 9- year- incarceration was in Miami at the event held in his honor. The “Before the Dawn” concert held at the Miami Bayfront Park Amphitheater on January 16th, 2011, saw a number of reggae hit makers grace the stage in the aftermath of Buju’s initial 11 month incarceration in the US before he acquired bail. That event attracted a crowd of some 10,000 persons. 

Joseph Louie, best knows as Joey Budafuco, a member of Buju’s management team, told Billboard that the concert event is still in its planning stage but noted that there will only be about three or four opening acts, since it is important that Buju has ample time for his performance. It was further revealed that Buju has established a non profit organisation- ‘The Lend A Hand Foundation,’ which aims at assisting with the needs of at-risk children. Budufuco said a portion of proceeds from the Kingston show will go to the foundation and further to that, performances across the Caribbean in the aftermath, will see the artiste, aligning himself with non profits in those territories, to achieve the same. 

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Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Takes Her First Step, 4 Months After Dad’s Death.

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Kobe Bryant’s 11 month old baby girl, Capri took her first steps this past weekend and the world got a glance. Vanessa Bryant posted a short video of the moment, excitedly telling her baby girl how proud she is of her.

“”I’m so proud of you!” Vanessa exclaims in the video which was shared on Instagram. “I knew you were gonna do it!” she added.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star’s life was cut short in January when a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California led to his death and the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

In addition to Capri, the couple had three older daughters- Natalia, Bianka and Gianna.

LOOK AT CAPRI TAKE HER FIRST STEPS.

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Shaggy Pushes for Beenie Man, Bounty Killa to Be Granted US Visas.

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US based, internationally acclaimed reggae artist, Shaggy has called on the US Embassy in Jamaica, the US Ambassador to the country and the country’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, to do what is necessary to aid in ensuring that both Bounty Killa and Beenie Man are able to acquire US Visas. His call comes on the heels of their VERZUZ virtual clash on Saturday where close to 500,000 persons logged on to view the veterans battle musically.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa both had their US VISAS revoked in 2010. At that time, Mavado and Aidonia were also among the dancehall artistes who’s US Visas were taken away by the US Embassy. In 2011, Mavado was once again able to travel to the US and then, five years later, Aidonia was allowed re-entry. To date, both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa remain without US travel access.

In his social media post, both meant to celebrate Jamaica’s cultural performance by these two veteran artistes, and dispute the state of their travel affairs, Grammy award winner, Shaggy said, “Fans world wide were greeted with a cultural experience of epic proportions as best as it could be delivered in these covid times. This was a boost to our spirits, our tourism, our economy, our music, and most importantly brand jamaica 🇯🇲 .. BUT LETS NOT FORGET!!!…,.that both of these artist, these two legends, these two ambassadors of our country our music, and our culture, STILL CANNOT TRAVEL!! It’s about time we rally and push the powers at be to free up these artist allow them traveling visas, work permits so they can travel freely to promote our culture and represent our brand, I’m calling on the Jamaican government, the U.S. Ambassador and the United States Embassy @usembassyja to atleast start having dialogue where this is concerned, I’m calling on the Hon. Olivier Babsy Grange @hon.olivigrange and the prime minister the Hon. Andrew Holness @andrewholnessjm to get involve, the culture needs it, the music needs it, the economy needs it, the country needs it the fans need it. Salute DANCE HALL🇯🇲!!

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