Buju Banton's Long Walk To Freedom Tour at Reggae Geel

17 April 2019

Mark Anthony Myrie, aka Buju Banton, has probably been the most controversial reggae artist of the last decade. No less than 40,000 reggae fans from all over the world came to witness his first Long Walk to Freedom show at the National Stadium in Jamaica. Because after 8 years and 7 months, Buju would finally do a live performance again. Stronger as ever before!

The Jamaican reggae dancehall legend has been gone from the reggae scene for awhile – at least physically speaking... In 2009, namely, Buju Banton was arrested for alleged drug and arms possession. And even though he pleaded not guilty to any of these charges, Buju took responsibility and decided to do his time anyway. At a special moment in 2011, when, after 7 months in custody, he was granted permission to appear before his fans in Miami one last time (well, for the time being), he spoke these inspiring words: “Be strong. Hold a firm meditation. One day things must get better.”

Shortly after, his most recent album, Before the Dawn, won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2011. Famous stars such as Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Gramps Morgan, Tarrus Riley and many more supported the Free Buju campaign. Artists both from inside and outside of the reggae-societies had been looking forward to work with him. And finally, at the end of 2018, the great moment was there: Buju Banton was set free...

And now... we, at Reggae Geel, are proud to welcome him to our festival for the very first time! No doubt he’ll share his captivating story with us on the stage...