Buju Banton made a triumphant return last Saturday to the stage in Jamaica causing headlines across the entertainment world. He broke records that even the iconic Bob Marley made at the event.
“This is the biggest audience I have seen at the National Stadium since 1962, this is easily the biggest, it was bigger than Nelson Mandela’s visit and bigger than Bob Marley’s One Love Peace Concert in 1978,” Forbes told Loop News reporter Claude Mills.
He is now making headlines about a new statement where he talks about the removal of the infamous single “Boom Bye Bye”. It has been reported by UrbanIslandz, that going forward Buju will no longer perform the single.
“In recent days there has been a great deal of press coverage about the song ‘Boom Bye Bye’ from my past which I long ago stopped performing and removed from any platform that I control or have influence over,” Buju said. “I recognize that the song has caused much pain to listeners, as well as to my fans, my family and myself. After all the adversity we’ve been through I am determined to put this song in the past and continue moving forward as an artist and as a man.”
“I affirm once and for all that everyone has the right to live as they so choose,” the singer continues. “In the words of the great Dennis Brown, ‘Love and hate can never be friends.’ I welcome everyone to my shows in a spirit of peace and love. Please come join me in that same spirit.”
There was talks that Buju Banton was forced by the LGBT to make this move or face cancellation of numerous concerts down the line for his “Long Walk To Freedom” tour.
Ronnie Tomlinson who is the publicist for Buju Banton has made a public statement on his behalf according to UrbanIslandz.
So we don’t want it to seem as if he was pressured or that people were saying he cannot be on shows if he doesn’t give a statement. We realized that there were some concerns and so we just decided to say it again. We know he hasn’t performed the song since 2007, but we realized that was 12 years ago and so maybe others didn’t knowRonnie Tomlinson