CAROL Brissett met Buju Banton at his Carlyle Avenue studio in Kingston recently

CAROL Brissett met Buju Banton at his Carlyle Avenue studio in Kingston recently. She was one of six Digicel customers who won a VIP experience to the deejay’s Long Walk to Freedom concert held at National Stadium in St Andrew last month.

Her prize package included VIP tickets to the concert, $100,000 cash, and a meet-and-greet with the Gargamel himself, arriving in style in luxury transportation provided by ATL Automotive.

“It was a great performance; I enjoyed it, every moment of it. My favourite part was when Buju first came on stage — everything was excellent, just excellent! It was such a wonderful experience, one that I can tell my grandchildren about and say ‘hey, I made history!’” said Brissett.

Also joining her for the VIP experience were Digicel customers Maxine Palmer, Dedrick Dixon, Andrea Clarke, Yannick Weekes, and Tarik Wolfe. In addition to the VIP experience winners, hundreds of customers also won tickets to the Digicel Red Zone — a fun-filled area in the grandstand.

Digicel’s Marketing Director Monique McLeod said: “This is about being part of the big moments that mean a lot to our customers. Buju’s return and first concert was another of those moments, and we’re very happy to have been able to share it with over 700 customers who came out to enjoy this historic event after winning tickets in our promotion.”

Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom concert was held on March 16. It was his first since being deported to Jamaica in December 2018. He had served an eight-year sentence in a US prison on drug-related charges.

Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Wayne Wonder, Ghost, Delly Ranx, Wayne Marshall, Jahazeil (Buju’s son), Cocoa Tea, Koffee, Etana, Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo, LUST, and Chronixx were also on the sh



Aidonia is home resting following a motor vehicle collision along Mannings Hill Road in Kingston early Sunday morning.

Sources speaking with the Jamaica Observer yesterday confirmed that the deejay was driving his white, Mercedes-Benz AMG sports utility vehicle when the collision occurred.

“The incident happened in the wee hours of Sunday morning. He is okay and was unscathed,” said a member of the deejay’s inner circle.

Aidonia was slated to perform at Fyah held on the University of the West Indies’s Mona Campus in St Andrew on Saturday night. However, at minutes to 2:00 am, Russell “Russ Buss” Gordon — a member of the show’s organising committee — announced that the deejay would be a no show.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, Aidonia will not be performing tonight. The entire 4th Genna team sends its sincerest apologies,” he told the crowd.

Gordon, a member of Coppershot Disco, did not give a reason.

Several efforts made to contact the Constant Spring Police Station in St Andrew for an official report were futile.

Aidonia’s given name is Sheldon Lawrence. The 38-year-old deejay is known for songs including Big Baller, Breeze, Jack Hammer, Yeah Yeah and Hot Tool.

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More dates for Buju Banton

The number of dates on Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom tour is steadily growing.

Concerts in the sister Caribbean islands of The Bahamas, Barbados and St Kitts join Jamaica and Trinidad which were previoiusly announced.


The new dates follow the announcement that the tour will commence here in Jamaica with the concert set for March 16 at the National Stadium. Tickets for that event go on sale on January 16, which is the seventh anniversary of his last concert, Before the Dawn which was held in downtown Miami, ahead of his trical and subsequent conviction and sentence on drug-related charges.


The latest gigs to be announced are Nassau, The Bahamas on March 30. The show is set for the Thomas A Robinson National Sports Stadium and is being promoted by Bahamian firm Paradise Productions. The details on this event are yet to be made public.


Buju Banton is also set to perform at the Barbados Reggae Festival at Kensington Oval, Barbados on April 27, 2019. This is the 15th year for the staging of the festival, which has grown to become Barbados’ biggest annual private-sector entertainment production. It consistently attracts large numbers of patrons at the events.


Meanwhile the St Kitts Music Festival which will take place from June 26 to 30 will also feature the Grammy-winning artiste. The deejay joins a strong line-up for this year’s festival which includes Smokey Robinson, Popcaan, French Montana, and Davido.


Trinidad will experience Buju Banton on April 21 at the Queen’s Park Savannah located in the capital Port of Spain in a concert dubbed ‘I Am Legend’.


Tickets for the show, have already hit the streets and have been priced at US$58 for general; US$143 for VIP; and US$286 for the VVIP slots. It has been explained that VIP ticket holders will be in close proximity to the stage and will have a cash bar in the section. Those with VVIP tickets will enjoy in the closest proximity to the stage, and the cost includes food and drink, private restrooms and free secured parking.


So far no guest artistes have been announced. High Frequency Entertainment, promoter of the event, said the other acts will be announced in the new year.


Trinidadian promoter Glenroy Watson and his team caused a stir earlier this year when they announced that Buju Banton’s first concert after his released would be held in Trinidad. Jamaicans at home and abroad questioned the logic and the decision was quickly rescinded. Watson later said he spoke out of turn.



first show of Buju Banton march 16th 2019 Kingston Jamaica

THE management for Grammy-winning deejay Buju Banton is confident that the National Stadium in St Andrew will be filled to capacity for the March 16 concert to start his Long Walk to Freedom Tour.

The stadium is rarely used for entertainment events. The last major show of this nature held there was the Arthur Guinness Day concert about nine years ago. Prior to that, Beres Hammond utilised a section of the facility for his Moment In Time concert. Sting was also held twice at the stadium on Boxing Day. The iconic One Love Peace Concert took place there in 1978.


The 57-year-old facility is said to seat 35,000.


Buju Banton’s publicist Ronnie Tomlinson noted that his team wants to create an iconic moment.


“We’re creating history. What better venue? So many things happened and have taken place at that venue, so we just thought ‘Why not?’ Plus, it’s also to show the power of the music, and the power of the love that people have for Buju. We never for a moment thought that we could not fill the Stadium… not for one moment did we ever doubt it, but we were just looking at the symbolisms behind it,” she said


“The feedback is great. People just want to get everything. They are ready to book flights, book hotels, get everything in place for March 16 in Kingston. We have been inundated with calls, emails, whatsapp messages with people just wanting all the information so they can prepare themselves for this historic concert. The interest from all over the world has just been amazing,” Tomlinson added.


Some persons who attended Wednesday’s launch of the Long Walk to Freedom Tour at Spanish Court Hotel in St Andrew left feeling devoid of details.


Organisers are still keeping names of the supporting acts close to their chest, noting that it will be released in the coming weeks.


It was revealed that Buju Banton will perform for 90 minutes of the four-hour show. Gates to the National Stadium will open at 4:00 pm and the show is slated to start at 8:00 pm. Once inside the venue, patrons will be treated to a Reggae Village experience with music and food ahead of the concert. Following the performances, there will be an after-party at nearby Mas Camp.


Buju Banton was not present at the launch. However, in a recorded video message he thanked his supporters and expressed his anticipation for the concert.


“First and foremost, I want to thank you all for coming out tonight. I want to thank you all for taking time from your busy schedule to be here with us. I want to thank our sponsors, those who saw it fitting to come together in the spirit of unity to make something of this magnitude happen here in Jamaica. I want to thank those in the media… print, radio, television, for their love and support over the years, and especially at this time. On the 16th of March, the National Stadium will be a venue like no other. So many years since I’ve seen my people and we have exchanged communication spiritually, mystically, and on the 16th of March we endeavour to reconnect and pick up where we left off. I’ll be there and I want to make sure that I see you there…. my love goes out to all. Thank you very much for your love and support. Until I see you in the National Stadium on the 16th of March,” he said.


Buju Banton (given name Mark Myrie) was arrested on cocaine charges in 2009 and given a mandatory 10-year sentence in 2011. He was however, deported to Jamaica on December 7, 2018.


Days after his conviction, Buju Banton won a Grammy Award for his album Before Dawn.


Similar concerts are planned for The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, and St Kitts and SURINAME


A year-long calendar of activities has been announced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of VP Records.

The year will see a variety of music and cultural events, products, historical exhibits and experiences, in Jamaica, across the US, Toronto, Canada and London, England.


“VP is integral to the history of reggae and dancehall music. We take this responsibility seriously and we are using our 40th anniversary to celebrate the music’s rich heritage as we steward the genre into the future,” said company President Randy Chin. “A major focus for the anniversary is highlighting the company’s commitment to the development, promotion, and globalisation of Jamaican music.”


The company kicks off its anniversary celebrations with a return to its homeland of Jamaica in January for Strictly The Best – LIVE Montego Bay on January 30, continuing into the summer with a historical exhibit titled A Reggae Music Journey at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The exhibition will move to Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport in June through to the end of the year.


Stateside, VP will launch The Reggae Trail, an interactive digital experience that features a map of historical locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City central to the growth of the Jamaican music industry and VP Records.


In April there will be Record Store Day to commemorate the annual celebration of vinyl culture. Four newly issued vinyl exclusives are expected to be released. VP Records will present a live sound system showcase at its retail outlets in New York and Florida. There will also be at least three major live concerts in the New York City area this summer, including the 9th staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sunday, July 21.


A box set drawn from the vast catalogue of hits and rarities from VP Records is also being considered.


In 60 days incarcerated entertainer Buju Banton will be a free man.

In 60 days incarcerated entertainer Buju Banton will be a free man.

The Gargamel who is currently on his final lap to freedom is serving a 10-year prison sentence for drug trafficking. The dancehall deejay is presently being housed at the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia which is a low-security prison.

Incarcerated but not silent, Buju Banton launched his clothing line Everything BB which features t-shirts that display his image, and others with musical lyrics such as “Over Hills and Valley.”

Follow his release on December 8, Buju is slated to perform in Trinidad and Tobago on April 22, 2019, which may be his first live performance. This has sparked controversy among many who believe his first performance should be in Jamaica.

Buju Banton was arrested in December 2009, and convicted in February of 2011.


Nesbeth’s AMEN due next month

A.M.E.N, the long-awaited debut album from reggae singjay Nesbeth, is slated for release next month. Produced for Entertainment Soul Limited, A.M.E.N is the acronym for the artiste’s wife, Ann Marie Elliot Nesbeth, who passed away due to cancer in 2016.

Nesbeth explained the inspiration behind the project.


“I was inspired by the Most High… Hopelessness is on the rise. As such, it will further increase if I should stand by and do nothing. As a result, A.M.E.N was conceptualised to inspire the world. The album speaks about struggles, discipline, innovation, love, truth, and rights.”


Co-written by Nesbeth and Merrick Shaw, the album features 14 tracks, including collaborations with Agent Sasco, Junior Reid and Popcaan.


The tracklisting includes Think Rich; Who Can Stop Me Now; Trial, featuring Popcaan; A.M.E.N; Diamond Boy; Success Story; Trench Town, featuring Agent Sasco, My Dream; Lawn Mower; Confidence, feturing Junior Reid; E motional Roller Coaster; Reason; Just Smile; and Remove My Enemies.


In support of the album, Nesbeth will embark on a promotional tour which kicks off on October 12 in Dallas, Texas. The tour will wrap on October 27 in Woodstock, New York.


Feud over Sugar Minott’s Estate settled

Maxine Stowe, the former wife of late reggae veteran Sugar Minott says the ongoing battle over Minott’s Estate has been settled.

Since his passing some eight years ago, the family has been determined to secure his musical legacy.

In a Music News exclusive, Maxine Stowe explains that Sugar Minott did not leave a will delegating how profits from his estate should be shared between his family members which created problems.

Despite the ongoing feud over the estate, Maxine Stowe says she will be working along with Sugar Minott’s daughter Pashon and other family members to ensure the Sugar Minott Celebrations are formerly established.

Sugar Minott’s eldest daughter Pashon who is currently in the United States was unavailable for a comment.

Following the settlement, Maxine Stowe now has access to Sugar Minott’s intellectual property, and his music.

Sugar Minott died in 2010.


Jimmy Cliff breaks hip and cancels tour

Dr. Jimmy Cliff was forced to cancel his upcoming tour after he injured himself during a fall.

Music News understands that Dr. Cliff was hospitalized after breaking his hip last month. Latifa, the wife of the legendary entertainer tells Music News that Jimmy Cliff is recovering well.

Jimmy Cliff has postponed all his shows for the month of October. His Management has apologized for the inconvenience via social media platforms.

It is not clear as to when the legendary entertainer will resume touring.


Capleton rape case set for November 23

The Fireman Capleton appeared today in the St Andrew Parish Court and was ordered to return on November 23 when the case will be mentioned.

The court was told that another mention date had to be set because the case file is still incomplete.

Attorney-at-law ChristopherTownsend who is representing Capleton says he is upset that after all this time the file has not been completed.

The 51-year-old dancehall deejay is facing a rape charge.

Capleton was charged in May this year after a report was made to the police that he assaulted a hairdresser.

It was reported that Capleton had hired the woman to groom his hair and when she went to his hotel room in April this year to do so, he allegedly assaulted her.

Capleton is denying the allegations and is contending that he was arrested when he went to the police station to report a case of alleged extortion involving the complainant.

Caplton who is on bail in the sum of $250,000 with a surety, had his bail was extended today.