Sunday 19 May, 2019

Buju concert promoter in T&T to celebrate release with big event

Buju Banton will be a free man on Dec 8

Buju Banton will be a free man on Dec 8

In eight days, reggae artiste Buju Banton will walk free.

And to celebrate his release from a US prison where he has spent the last nine years, Trinidad and Tobago-based promotional outfit, High Frequency Entertainment, is planning an event with local and foreign reggae acts. 

High Frequency is the entity that will host Buju in concert on April 22 next year.“What we’re planning is something that will truly uplift Buju’s fans, remind them of what he has meant to the Caribbean, for so many years. There’s so much history surrounding his name, and here in Trinidad, the country Buju performed in from as tender an age as 18, we want to send a signal, that we are elated to welcome our Jamaican brother, back home to the Caribbean," Promoter Glenroy Watson said. 
Watson made the statement even as he met with sponsors ahead of the roadshow event.

“We’re flying people in for this celebration and we’re not leaving out our local reggae artistes, all of whom have been influenced by Buju’s musical style, at one point or another,” he said. Buju will not be in T&T for the celebration.

The event, dubbed The Reunification, is a freedom roadshow, said Watson, adding that he’s looking forward to seeing all real supporters of Buju come out and dance in the streets to the music of the iconic Grammy Award-winning artist.

The event is carded to kick off at midday on Saturday, December 8, the day of Buju's release, at the top of Frederick Street on Port-of-Spain before heading toward the downtown area, and onward to Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook.

“With a full cast of radio personalities and performers, friends of Buju and of course, our kind sponsors, we’re going to celebrate freedom, with good vibes and positive energy,” said Watson.

For now, the promotional outfit remains tight-lipped on plans for the concert event set to take place in April 2019.

Watson said that his focus at this time is Buju Banton’s return to the Caribbean.

“It’s a blessing to be counting down these days. Like every other real fan of Buju, I’ve been praying for this day for a very long time. I know this man’s heart and I know what he will bring, will be nothing short of spectacular, when the time comes.”

Among the local acts booked to perform at the Reunification Roadshow are Ziggy Rankin, Isasha and Mr King. Isasha recently said he feels immensely honoured to have been considered to be among the cast selected to perform for this event, explaining that like many other artists of this era, he grew up listening to the ‘Till I’m Laid to Rest’ singer.



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