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Buju concert video #FreeBuju

Buju Banton performed this past weekend in Miami. For those of you that may not know he was on trial for conspiracy to deal cocaine. The first trial ended in a mistrial because the jury couldn't reach a verdict innocent or guilty. The retrial is set for February I believe.

While out on bail, babylon in Florida allowed him to perform a concert to help raise funds for his law fees.

Highlights include guest performers showing support Tarrus Riley, Nadine Sutherland, Spragga Benz, Sean Paul, Gramps Morgan (Morgan Heritage)and Wayne Wonder:



Here's footage of the concert. Sadly Beres Hammond couldn't make it due to his performance the night before at Rebel Salute. Heard he turned in a standard great performance

Buju performing to sold-out 10k audience in Miami this past weekend:











Think he was a bit overwhelmed by the occasion to be honest but I can't blame him. A whole year in jail. Possibility of a long time in prison. Still looms over his head really. He poses a question during 'Hills and Valleys' "Why them want to see Buju Banton cry" backing singers: "really I don't know" Buju: "Is it because of 'Boom Bye Bye'?" I say: "Very good question. Quite possibly. Seemed all a bit too coincidental that the arrest and sting by the paid snitch on the aeroplane happened soon after the whole series of canceled shows around USA". I'm not condoning the message in Boom Bye Bye but he wrote it aged 15 reportedly in response to a man that molested a child in his area. He probably wishes he never made it, signed the compassion act and has converted to rasta since then. Is it right for him to have this burden weighing on his shoulders for his whole career? If he doesn't perform it on the night, is it still a problem? Just asking...

Anyway, he is one of the greatest artists to ever have lived and graced the microphone. Jay-Z and them don't have sh*t on Mark Myrie. He has been an A-list artist for nearly 20 years, powerhouse in both dancehall and roots reggae arenas, more classic albums under his belt than most and appeals to everyone (except the obvious for obvious reasons). Flow sits on everything, lyrics on all subjects (love, hardship, spirituality, crime etc.), disctinct barritone vocals... only thing holding him back is the one song he could have been reggae ambassador on an international scale. But who gives a fk about mainstream anyway?

#GodGaveUsReggae in case you didn't know. (Or is #JahGaveUsReggae more appropriate? God gave us reggae has a better ring to it in my opinion).

Untold Stories is an ultimate classic on Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song' levels. You may find it difficult understanding his thick accent and gruff voice but here's the legend Sinead O'Connor (Nothing Compares) covering it

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