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Buju Banton

Buju Banton was one of the most popular dancehall reggae artists of the '90s. Debuting with a series of popular "slack" singles, which drew criticism for their graphic sexuality and homophobia, Banton converted to Rastafarianism and revolutionized dancehall by employing the live instrumentation and social consciousness of classic roots reggae. He first adopted the approach on his 1995 classic 'Til Shiloh, which raised hopes among his fans that he would become dancehall's great international ambassador, as Bob Marley had been for roots reggae. While that never quite materialized, Banton remained a high-profile star into the new millennium.

Buju Banton was born Mark Anthony Myrie on July 15, 1973, in the Kingston slum of Salt Lane. Buju was his childhood nickname, a word for breadfruit that was often applied to chubby children; he would later adopt Banton in tribute to one of his earliest musical influences, Burro Banton. He was one of 15 children; his mother was a street vendor, and he was directly descended from the colonial-era freedom fighters known as the Maroons. Banton first tried his hand at DJing and toasting at age 13, performing with local sound systems. He made his first recording not long after, with the 1986 Robert Ffrench-produced single "The Ruler." He continued to record through 1987, then took some time off to allow his voice to mature. He returned in the early '90s with a rough growl comparable to that of Shabba Ranks.

In 1991, Banton began recording for Donovan Germain's Penthouse label, often teaming with engineer/producer/songwriter Dave "Rude Boy" Kelly. Debuting for the label with "Man Fi Dead," his first major hit was "Love Mi Browning," an ode to light-skinned women that drew the ire of Jamaica's sizable darker-skinned population. As penance, he released a follow-up single called "Love Black Woman," but courted even more controversy with "Boom Bye Bye," a notoriously homophobic track that seemingly advocated violence against gays. Other hits of the period included "Batty Rider," "Bogle," and "Women Nuh Fret," among many others; in fact, 1992 saw Banton break Marley's record for the most number one singles in one year. His debut album, Mr. Mention, was a smash hit that year as well, and he signed an international major-label deal with Mercury.

The Voice of Jamaica album, released in 1993, introduced Banton to the world outside Jamaica, and gave him a huge hit in the celebratory safe-sex anthem "Willy (Don't Be Silly)." Other singles from the album included "Operation Ardent," a critique of police corruption, and "Deportees (Things Change)," which castigated emigrants who refused to share their overseas earnings with the family back in Jamaica. In early 1994, Banton released the monumental single "Murderer," an impassioned indictment of dancehall culture and gun violence recorded after the shooting deaths of fellow dancehall DJs Panhead and Dirtsman.

As well-received as Voice of Jamaica was, it was the 1995 follow-up, 'Til Shiloh, that would rank as Banton's masterpiece. A fusion of dancehall with live instrumentation and classic roots reggae, 'Til Shiloh consolidated Banton's move into social awareness and adopted a more mature, reflective tone that signaled Banton's arrival as an artist able to make major creative statements. His follow-up, 1997's Inna Heights, continued in a similarly rootsy vein and won only slightly less acclaim than its much-heralded predecessor. In 1999, Banton recorded with the punk band Rancid and subsequently signed with the punk label Epitaph's eclectic Anti subsidiary. In 2000, he delivered his Unchained Spirit, which found him growing more eclectic in a quest to cross over to the international market; it also featured a successful duet with Beres Hammond on "Pull It Up." After a three-year break from album releases, Banton returned on Atlantic in 2003 with Friends for Life, a crossover-friendly record with elements of hip-hop, R&B, and pop (and very little of the roots-dancehall hybrid that had catapulted him to stardom). Unhappy with the support he was given at the major labels, Banton started his own label, Gargamel Music, and released the single "Magic City" in 2004. The single was a preview of his next album, Rasta Got Soul, but an arrest on ganja cultivation charges sent him into legal battle for the next two years. When it all ended in a fine, he unleashed his strictly dancehall album Too Bad featuring the huge Jamaican hit "Driver A." The much more traditional Rasta Got Soul finally appeared in 2009. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Early Years 2

1. Lion Rule The Jungle

2. How It Ago Go

3. God Of My Salvation

5. I Am Moving

6. No Respect

7. Lef We Business

8. Burn Baby Burn

9. Want It

10. Who Say

12. Him Tek Off

13. What We Can Do

15. Politics Time Again

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Track List: Before The Dawn

1. Rasta Can't Go

2. In The Air

3. Do Good

4. Battered & Bruised

5. Bondage

6. Struggle Together

7. Life

8. No Smoking At All

9. Try Life

10. Innocent

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Track List: Rasta Got Soul

1. Hurt Us No More

2. Magic City

3. I Rise

4. Rastafari

5. I Wonder

6. A Litte Bit Of Sorry

7. Affairs Of The Heart

8. Lend A Hand

9. Optimistic Soul

10. Make You Mine

11. Mary

12. Bedtime Story

13. Sense Of Purpose

14. Be On Your Way

15. Lights Out

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Track List: Too Bad

1. Your Night Tonight

2. Try Offa Yuh

3. Nothing

4. Too Bad

5. Waistline

6. Jig

7. Me & Oonu

8. Till It Bend

9. Hey Boy

10. Go Slow

11. Driver A

12. Girl U Know

13. Lonely Night

14. Who Have It

15. Better Day Coming

16. Don & Dupes

17. Fast Lane

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Track List: Buju And Friends

Disc 1

1. Bonafide Love

2. Who Say

3. Little More Time

4. Wicked Dickie

6. Love Dem Bad

7. Teaser

8. Get It On

12. Ring The Alarm

17. I Dare Not Be Ungrateful

Disc 2

1. 23rd Psalm

2. Massa God World

3. Complaint

4. Give I Strength

6. Mother's Cry

9. My Woman Now

12. Poor Old Man

13. Want It

14. Make My Day

15. Commitment

16. No More Misty Days

17. Tribal War

18. Good Times

19. All Will Be Fine

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Track List: Friends for Life

1. Paid Not Played

2. Tra La La

3. Teaser (feat. Bounty Killer)

4. Excerpt Of A Speech By Marcus Mosiah Garvey

5. Up Ye Mighty Race

6. All Will Be Fine

7. Maybe We Are

8. Mama Africa

9. Hooked On The Love

10. Get It On

11. Friends For Life

12. Good Times

13. Damn

14. La Da De Da

15. Feeling Groovy

16. Pensive Moode

17. Spectacular

18. What Am I Gonna Do (feat. Nadine Sutherland)

19. Mr. Nine

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Track List: The Best Of Buju Banton

2. Deportees (Things Change)

3. Murderer

4. Destiny

5. Wanna Be Loved

6. Untold Stories

8. Good Body

9. Willy (Don't Be Silly)

10. Circumstances

11. Give I Strength

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Track List: The Early Years (90-95)

1. Big It Up

2. Batty Rider

3. Have Fi Get Yu Tonight

4. Love How The Gal Dem Flex

6. Bogle

7. Good Looking Gal

8. The Only Man

9. Love Wizard

10. Gone A Lead

11. Good Good

12. She's My Girl

14. Why Should I

15. Stamina Daddy

16. Mine Behind The Wine

17. Wicked Dickie

18. Miss Joan

19. Bonafide Love (Feat. Wayne Wonder)

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Track List: Unchained Spirit

1. Intro

2. 23rd Psalm

3. Voice Of Jah

4. Sudan

5. We'll Be Alright

6. Pull It Up

7. Life Is A Journey

8. Better Must Come

9. Mighty Dread

10. Poor Old Man

11. Law And Order

12. Guns And Bombs

13. Woman Dem Phat

14. No More Misty Days

15. Pull It Up (Live)

16. Reunion

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Track List: Inna Heights

1. Our Father In Zion

2. Hills And Valleys

3. Inter Lingua

4. Destiny

5. African Pride

6. Cry No More

7. My Woman Now

8. Small Axe

9. Inter Lingua

10. Redder Than Red

11. Single Parent

12. Inter Lingua

13. Give I Strength

14. Close One Yesterday

15. Inter Lingua

16. Love Dem Bad

17. Love Sponge

18. Inter Lingua

19. Mother's Cry

20. 54/46

21. Circumstances

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Track List: `Til Shiloh

1. Shiloh

2. `Til I'm Laid To Rest

3. Murderer

4. Champion

5. Untold Stories

6. Not An Easy Road

7. Only Man

9. Chuck It So

10. How Could You

11. Wanna Be Loved

12. It's All Over

13. Hush Baby Hush

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Track List: Voice Of Jamaica

1. Searching

2. Red Rose

3. Commitment

4. Deportees (Things Change)

5. No Respect

6. If Loving Was A Crime

7. Good Body

8. Wicked Act

9. Tribal War

10. A Little More Time

11. Him Take Off

12. Willy (Don't Be Silly)

13. Gone A Lead

14. Make My Day

15. Operation Ardent

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Track List: Buju Banton Special Edition

1. Ladies Floss

2. Lipstick Stain

3. Lonely Nights (feat. Jovi Rockwell)

4. Mr. Nine

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Track List: Jamrock Classics Vol 1

5. Lonely Night

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Track List: Sons Of Jamaica

1. Mind Behind The Wind

2. Gold Spoon

3. Glamatize

4. Move You Body

5. The Lion Rules

6. Quick

7. Loving Is A Thing

8. General

9. Slam Bam

10. Hot Ladies

11. Flava

12. Anyweh

13. Bring Yuh Body Come

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Big tune fire
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Bujumbura got his a** f**ked daily in prison ��
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Yes Buju
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Free Buju me say
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Bet he is a little more gay friendly now...
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Over hills and valleys King Banton!
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Respect, Free Buju
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Free big man rasta respect all ways Buju.
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Free Buju
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Buju the teacher I'm counting down the days to your freedom. Nuff respect to the Mirey family stay strong
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My boy buju
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FREE BUJU - love ya - stay strong!
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Free Garamale ����������
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Free the garamale!!!! !
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I �� Buju my fav
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I feel it buju!
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Free Buju
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Y'all mon
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rasta fari inna d house
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Only if i can go back �� miss it
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Yes yes 90s best music love the 90s
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The 90s those were the good days when music was music. Big chune big up buju
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Love you for life Buju. You will be touching road soon baby boy. I'm just praying that God may protect you and guide you through it all...
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Love you Mark Anthony - Buja Banton and Jah love you to
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Free buju they cant keep a good man down 1 love
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Free Buju, love me some Buju free Buju. ....
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Will we ever come together to find our way out

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Listening makes me realize how far down the rabbit hole we really are
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Cy
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I cannot wait for you to be on the road again, Buju. You're the real voice of Jamaica and the world of reggae music. Forever #1
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Free Buju !!!!!!!!
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Big up
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Yas buju Yasss...
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Love you baby!
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Boom,Big Up!
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Cool vibes, nice and irie every time.�������
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My favorite reggae artist.....f r e e buju
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This song can't get old
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Love you for life, Buju.
Forever loved
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I dare not be ungrateful, Is my current mood... The song puts things into perspective. . . .
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buju banton for life...real afreekan.lov e love love!
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Fa tru love
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I love this song action I love it so much ����������
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I luv u Buju
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Nuff Rahspect! Big up Gargamel!!!
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