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Despite Global Restrictions, Reggae’s Buju Banton Is Having a Fantastic Year.

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Deeply engaged by his words, the three Breakfast Club hosts, Chalamagne, Angela Yee and Dj Envy quietly paid attention. “We watched our brothers rap, and people danced their way right into a prison cell,” Buju continued. He said it was noticed that the positivity was deliberately being kept out of the music, even though there were artistes who were trying their hardest to project positive energy through music, but were often relegated. He pointed out US rapper, Nas. “They tried to make it seem like he is a relic of the past. No, he is not,” said Buju of the well known lyricist. “He’s seeing things and saying things that he wants you to wake up and realise, but you are so caught up on the treadmill- the cyclical brain wash has taken so much great root in the minds of our people, that when an album like ‘Til Shiloh’ came about, it was to remind you of the genesis of who we are, as a people and despite all that is going on, that feeling that you feel inside of you, it is very real,” he said.

Buju Banton’s ‘Til Shiloh’ album was certified Gold recently. The album was created 25 years ago.

In the hour long interview, Buju waded into spirituality and dropped some of the most profound and positive teachings that have been shared by any artist in recent time. “We come full circle now to an album like ‘Upside Down’ where the message continues. And if you look at that time, till this time, it’s 25 years and what has Buju Banton been doing? Have I ever wavered from the message? Have I ever wavered from trying to uplift the consciousness of our people… to let them know that instead of spending $1000 on one pair of shoes, owned by somebody who doesn’t look like me, why not buy couple pairs of shoes and still look fly and classy, yet save a certain amount so you can be assured of your sustenance?” he said.

Buju noted that expressions like these are unpopular. “These thoughts are given out by few, yet the majority is being led in a direction where someone will have to pay,” said the artist.

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Buju, Koffee Among Over 100 Artistes Featured on FIFA 21 Soundtrack.

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Iconic and consistently relevant, so much so that his music is featured on the FIFA 21 soundtrack, which premiered on Monday on all streaming platforms. Reggae hit maker, Buju Banton’s single, “Unity” from his 2020 album, ‘Upside Down 2020″ sits comfortably on the main soundtrack of the gaming experience which will be available to play from October 9th for Xbox, Playstation and PC.

Also on the soundtrack are Koffee, Govana and producer Rvssian. The mix features more than 100 artists from 23 countries, inclusive of Saweetie, Sia, Nigerian singers, Fireboy DML, and Australian sensation Chløë Black. 

Fans will be able to listen to the VOLTA FOOTBALL soundtrack while playing other modes, and have the option to enable both sets of tracks across all menus.

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“We Can’t let COVID19 Take Away Our Music.” Destra Speaks Up.

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Unless there’s a miracle in the coming months, Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival 2021 season will be non existent. This was the expression by the country’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, on Monday.

In response, many have praised the forward thinking approach of the country’s leader, while others have questioned the way forward for the fraternity of entertainers and other Carnival stakeholders whose professional lives have been halted since March. Ebuzztt.com spoke with female soca heavyweight, Destra Garcia on the topic. She said the matter at hand is one that has left many considering whether even releasing new music makes sense. “This whole thing has been an ordeal for all of us, as entertainers in general. Now, with the no carnival announcement, it throws a curve ball to the distributors of carnival on all counts, so the question now is, what do we do?” she said.

On Tuesday, announcers at one urban frequency in Trinidad and Tobago harshly criticised soca artistes who may have been contemplating whether new music should be released. Hans Devignes, an often outspoken personality said he felt this should not even be a thought since soca artistes should be releasing music year round. He argued that other artistes, attached to another popular genre of music in Trinidad and Tobago, dubbed TriniBad music, had been progressing well, even before their music made it onto the nation’s airwaves. DesVignes opined that todays entertainers must do what is necessary to capture digital markets, rather than questioning the feasibility of releasing music, outside of a particular season.

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