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Why Trinidad? Buju Banton’s First Concert Event to be Hosted in T&T.

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The imminent release of Buju Banton- reggae and dancehall music’s most celebrated artiste of this era, last evening got an additional boost as news came that the “Optimistic Soul” singer would be performing in Trinidad and Tobago in his first concert performance, post release on December 8th, 2018. The announcement was made by – a marketing representative for the artiste’s BB Clothing and merchandise line, aboard the Love and Harmony Cruise.

There has since been a heightened level of excitement on social media, this as global audiences and certainly fans of the Jamaican mega star who has been serving a 9-year jail sentence in the US, breathe sighs of relief, knowing that their Caribbean artiste will soon be with them again. Buju two weeks ago, posted to his social media account, a photo of promotional signage in Trinidad for an event that was being held in his honor at Club Prosperity in Bournes Road, St. James. It may have been a hint of the news that would later come.

Buju Banton recently posted an image and caption that spoke magnitudes, saying, “Let go and Let Jah.”

Many would’ve expected the artiste’s first concert event to be held on home soil, however Ebuzztt.com understands that one event promoter in Trinidad and Tobago with particularly strong ties to the artiste, has had the first show in the bag, all the while. The last concert event that featured Buju Banton in Trinidad and Tobago was the “I Am Legend” concert in 2009. Banton’s marketing team has however indicated that the reason for having the first event hosted in Trinidad and Tobago is solely due to the artiste’s desire to have other key entertainers on the Jamaica show, for which all of them are not available prior to the April engagement in Trinidad and Tobago- this according to the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

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T&T’s Only Got Love for Jamaica. Just Watch How The Sokah Origins Crowd Reacted to Shenseea!

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What a weekend it was for fans of caribbean hotties, Shenseea and T&T’s Nailah Blackman. Both entertainers performed, alongside a number of other awesome Caribbean acts this past Saturday at Nailah’s Sokah Origins event held in South Trinidad. The young artiste who celebrated her birthday in late November, brought a star studded cast to her event, key among them, Jamaica’s reigning ‘hot gyal’, Shenseea.

The duo who collaborated on a track called, ‘Baddish’ in 2018, gave it a go again, heading into Carnival 2019. They hit the stage at Sokah Origins, delivering, “We Ready” just after performing ‘Baddish’. The revved up crowd was definitely a sight to see as they seemed to just want to reach out and touch the Jamaican entertainer. Phones on record, the crowd sang along to the artiste’s music, giving her the ammunition she needed to perfect her show.

Patrice Roberts and Sekon Sta were guests performers at the Sokah Origin event.

Separately, Nailah Blackman’s been killing the soca circuit across the Caribbean, even touring internationally for the past year, reaching as far as Europe with the Soca on The Seas team earlier this year. Her most recent stop was Australia. Meanwhile, Shenseea maintains strong appeal, consistently delivering some of the hottest dancehall tracks, which come complete with her down to earth personality and appealing sensuality.

The Sokah Origins event, Nailah’s second consecutive birthday event, drew a pretty good crowd of patrons who’d come out to see Blackman perform with her band, aptly named, ‘Sokah The Band’. Other  artists to hit the stage included a very sexy, Patrice Roberts, Nadia Batson, Preedy, Kees, Problem Child out of St. Vincent, Jamaica’s Dovey Magnum, Erphaan Alves, Ricardo Drue, 5 Star Akil, Sekon Sta, Lyrikal among others.

CHECK OUT NAILAH AND SHENSEEA ON STAGE : 

Video credit: Rankin Productions. 

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Buju Banton Asks Fans For Time To Reunite With His Loved Ones.

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Mark Myrie- Buju Banton is now a free man. He arrived in Jamaica last night to much fan fare and since that time, social media has  been abuzz.

Buju stands in the Immigration area at the Norman Manley Int’l Airport, flanked by an employee and fan.

Representing Public Relations team, Destine Media, in a press statement issued, said Buju’s first desire post release was a clean glass of water to flow through his system.

Admittedly, Buju’s journey to freedom has been a long and traumatic one. “Not only traumatizing for Buju himself, but also for his family as well, who was stripped of a father, provider and friend. But with the love and support of family, friends, and fans, he pushed through day by day,” said the media release. “He would rise at 7am and start his day with a prayer, followed by an apple, orange or ripe banana,” it went on to state.

According to the media statement, during his incarceration, Myrie stripped himself of the moniker “Buju Banton” and immersed himself into the reality that he was confronted with, by living in the now and not looking at the past. He also occupied himself with reading, meditation, and led study groups among his fellow inmates.

Destine Media explained that plans are afoot to celebrate Buju’s life and contribution to music with the Long Walk to Freedom Tour, explaining however that dates are still being finalized. It added that the first show will take place in Jamaica in Spring of 2019.

“Buju Banton‘s music makes bad people wanna do good. I really wish that he was out here. We’re missing one of our messengers, ya know? This is me speaking from the heart. We need people like him out here.”

– BERES HAMMOND 

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