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Hold the faith Buju - My Fave Songs

Yeah, so Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but hear what, there's nothing we can do about it, so if you wanna do like me, let's play some Buju songs. If you haven't heard many Buju songs before, let this be a quick lesson for you. I picked the first 10 at random from my memory bank. To those of you who may feel there could have been better ones, you're probably right.

Let's open the floor properly and sing together "Our father, who art in Zion..."

It wouldn't be right if I didn't start with his most venomous verse in recent times addressing the situation.

"Jah Army" - Stephen Marley ft. Damian Marley & Buju from Stephen's latest album Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life

"Soldier inna Jah Army, a long time the pus*y them want me" any DJ that doesn't wheel that line in a club is a bait.

"Stamina Daddy" - one of the first songs Buju is known for.

"Bogle" - This one song not only increased the value of the dance, but (from what I remember) set the legacy of the danceing icon Bogle.

"Batty Rider" - 1992. Bogle. Once again, this showcases his ability to sit on a riddim oh so badly to get the women up. I think he would have been 19 at the time.

Lifted from the timeless classic album 'Til Shiloh - Buju turned rastafarian shortly before this release and what a change it produced. "Wanna Be Loved". Didn't know this had a video until yesterday funnily enough.

"Untold Stories" - undoubtedly one of the best songs in Buju's catalogue and what a great song it is.

Covered by multi-platinum selling Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor (best known for "Nothing Compares To You")

"Murderer" - Inspired by the murders of fellow entertainers and friends Pan Head and Dirtsman. Possibly the best song anti-gun violence. Blared at Smiley Culture's march earlier this year.

"Not An Easy Road" - true words. "'Cos many see the glamour and the glitter so them think a bed of rose, but who feels it knows..."

"Destiny" - big song from Inna Heights album. I don't know about everyone else, but I feel this album underappreciated.

"Mr. Nine" - powerful anti-gun song

Then he dropped back into dancehall with the formidable album Too Bad which earned him the title of artist of the year in Jamaica. (Is this the eleventh song now?)

Song: Too Bad

He eventually won a Grammy for Best Reggae album earlier this year for Before The Dawn.

His attorney David Markus looked most for to seeing Buju perform "Innocent" at his last concert he performed whilst on bail (click for footage of concert).


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