Nov 15, 2017

Buju’s children look forward to his homecoming

Jodian & Mark Myrie

Ten years is a long time for a father to be separated from his children.

Hence, Buju Banton's offspring are already counting down the months to their father's release and return to Jamaica.

Buju is expected to be released in December 2018, having one year removed from his 10-year sentence.

The eldest of Buju's children, Jodian Myrie, is anticipating an emotional roller coaster on the day her father lands.

She shared that Buju had asked all his children to promise not to visit during his incarceration. She kept that promise unlike her brothers Markus and Jahazeil, who decided that was not an option.

"When I was 16, we surprised him. I just really wanted to see him because it had been long time," said Jahazeil, now 20. "He is ready to come home and I know in his spirit that he wants to perform. No one wants to be away from their family or work for so long under those conditions."

As an emerging member of the recording fraternity, Jahazeil believes that a homecoming event should be planned, although nothing has been discussed among the siblings.

"To be quite honest, we don't have anything prepared. It is not something that we know how to deal with, a person coming off serving time. Closer to the release, the family will know what to do. One thing I am sure of is he will want some nice food cooked," Jodian said, adding that they would not necessarily be forcing anything on him.


Jahazeil said he cried on a few occasions when he visited his father.

"Sometimes it rough, sometimes it smooth. No one can imagine the joy it gave me to know him coming out early, it lifted my spirits. He taught us how to be strong and militant, but all I want to see is him reconnect and build a strong bond for the years he missed out on," Jahazeil said.

Jodian said the family has grown, noting Buju even has grandchildren.

"I had made certain to send recorded media of my daughter to him, so I know when they finally meet I will melt into a puddle," she said.

The children have recognised that as a legendary recording artiste, Buju will desire to reconnect with his fans both old and new.

However, Mark Myrie the man, according to Jodian, "will need some time to regroup." Jahazeil believes people will be glad for his father to perform.

However, Jodian said she was unsure how involved the Government would want to be, and said discrimination will come from various persons.

The family seems to have agreed to keep Buju's return date a secret when all arrangements for his return to Jamaica are made.

This is to avoid unnecessary press and potential security concerns.


Jul 5, 2017

Buju Banton to launch clothing line on his birthday July 15, 2017

Incarcerated reggae artiste, Buju Banton, is set to launch his own clothing line. The entertainer's team recently made the announcement via his official Instagram account.

The brand titled 'Everything BB' will feature T-shirts displaying Buju Banton's photo as well as lyrics from his songs like Hills And Valleys, Love Sponge, Walk Like a Champion and Driver. Items will be available for purchase on the line's official website,

Persons interested in finding out the details of the line as they are made available, are encouraged to follow the line's Instagram page everythingbbofficial.

Buju Banton is slated to be released on December 8, 2018.

Mar 2, 2017

Which Song Will Buju Start His Next Jamaican Performance With? (Pt 1)

Photo: Riina Asamoa

Early last month The STAR, referring to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) website, reported that Mark 'Buju Banton' Myrie now has a release date of December 8, 2018. It is anyone's guess when and where his first post-release performance in Jamaica will be. However, as the universe has aligned it, Rebel Salute 2019 will be held a little over a month after Buju's current release date and it will be a significant landmark at that - its 25th anniversary.His 2005 Rebel Salute showing, when he came on after Jimmy Cliff, was memorable.

Just saying.

So I wonder what Buju's first song on a stage in Jamaica after his release will be. Which tune from his catalogue could he open up with before the hordes of people who are sure to turn up to see and hear the Gargamel? The possibilities are juicy; and what they say about his attitude towards incarceration and current state of mind intriguing. Here are a few.

1. 'Til Shiloh'

The brief title track of his 1995 album, performing this first would reaffirm Buju's Rastafarian steadfast faith through his trial (literally) and travail of incarceration. Naturally, it would run into another song and the sound system selectors tend to follow up with, Hills and Valleys, which, with the lines "only Rasta can liberate the people and why try to make I unhappy/Really I don't know/If it was up to them my friend/We would never see the sun or the snow", would suit the occasion well.

2. 'Our Father In Zion'

Another short one, this is from the 1997 Inna Heights album, which followed Til Shiloh. Its content would say almost the same thing as, Til Shiloh, but would strike a stronger note with those grounded in the Christian faith. There is something which moves in the soul when a mass of people sing "hallowed be they name" and I can almost hear it now.

3. '23rd Psalm'

A track from his 2000 Unchained Spirit album, Buju and Gramps Morgan's voices blend beautifully on this take on what is known as, The Lord's Prayer. As an opening song, it would be an extended version and have a sustained effect of beginning with, Our Father in Zion, but maybe not as intense as that "hallowed" section.

4. 'Close One Yesterday'

Another track from Inna Heights, opening with this would be a statement of having been saved by faith ("I had a close one yesterday/Jah put an angel over me") and also personal fortitude ("Be strong, hold a firm meditation/One day things must get better/Don't go down, keep your head above the water").

5. 'Destiny'

Another one from Inna Heights to close out this week's possibilities. This would be a statement that from this point onwards, no guy will have a say in what he does - Buju will not put his life under the control of anyone, law enforcement included.

Next week, we will look at a few more opening options, among them Give I Strength, Me An Ooonu, Boom Bye Bye, Ova Me, Magic City, Driver and Circumstances.