I wanna rule my destiny — In most cases, this phrase is used by many as a way of encouraging oneself, for the life they want to live. At times the decisions that we make can either uplift us or destroy us. For most of us, it is through music that we attain self-actualization and self-confidence. This popular phrase is reminiscent of one of Jamaica’s musical icon, Mark Anthony Myrie — better known as Buju Banton ‘The Gargamel’.
Banton started his career in the ’90s and rose to with his albums, “Stamina Daddy” and “Mr. Mention.” The two albums became top best-sellers in Jamaican history. Banton’s work encompasses reggae, reggae fusion, dancehall, and roots reggae genres. Starting from humble beginnings, Buju Banton was born and raised in Salt Lane; a neighborhood located in Kingston, Jamaica. At a tender age of 12, Buju Banton performed as under the moniker of Gargamel. Banton has produced over ten studio albums, the last one was released in 2010.
His song “ Destiny” produced by Donovan Germain is one of Buju’s biggest hit for a lifetime. After almost a decade in isolation, Buju Banton returned on the music scene after he was released from the McRae Correctional Institute in Georgia, USA back in December 2018.
Buju has solidified himself as a bonafide mega superstar with his timeless music. With a homecoming fit for a king, Buju Banton reclaimed his throne and continues to create a rapture with his Long Walk to Freedom tour.
Banton has acknowledged the old adage, “If it is to be, it is up to me” and reap what he sowed.
The first journey of his historic tour started in his homeland of Kingston, Jamaica. The concert was sold out at the National Stadium that had the capacity to hold an audience of over 35,000, this included celebrities of the Jamaican dancehall reggae circuit such as Konshens, and Tarrus Riley. The concert in Kingston saw the likes of successful reggae acts such as: grammy nominated Chronixx, Etana, and music veteran Cocoa Tea.
Even hitmaker Rihanna couldn’t miss out on the historic experience at the Kensington Oval. She had the pleasure of snapping an iconic picture with Buju Banton, and it was quickly circulated around instagram within minutes of the capture. The tour will continue to dominate during the summer, so get your tickets READY! The only thing that can hit you without you feeling pain is music. So here’s the valid hit list for Buju Banton 2019:
Top 10 Buju Banton Songs
1. Who Say – Mr.Merton Album, 1992
2. Make My Day – Voice of Jamaica Album, 1993
3. Wanna Be Loved – ’Til Shiloh Album, 1995
4. Murderer – ’Til Shiloh Album, 1995
5. Champion – ’Til Shiloh Album, 1995
6. Not An Easy Road – ’Til Shiloh Album, 1995
7. Hills and Valleys – `Til Shiloh Album, 1997
8. Love Sponge – Inna Heights Album, 1997
9. Destiny – Inna Heights Album, 1997
10. Driver A – Too Bad Album, 2006
Upcoming Tour Dates
Saturday, May 11, 2019 – St .George, Grenada National Cricket Stadium
Saturday, June 15,2019 – Tortola BVI Festival Village Grounds
Saturday, June 29, 2019 – St.Kitts Collins Athletic Club
More Dates to Come!
Visit www.bujubanton.com for more additional information