KAMPALA – Grammy award-winning reggae-dancehall legend Buju Banton is set to perform in Kampala, this September as part of his Long Walk To Freedom Tour.
According to his official promoter who appeared on one of Uganda’s local TV Stations on Monday, Buju, accompanied by Beenie Man and Morgan Heritage will perform live at Lugogo Cricket Oval on September 4, 2019.
The [Buju] tour, which kicked-off in his home country of Jamaica in March has also seen him perform in the Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago.
Born Mark Anthony Myrie, Banton was released from prison in the United States on December 7 last year after serving seven years out of a ten-year sentence on cocaine trafficking charges. Despite his long absence in the industry, Banton, who is known for highlighting socio-political issues as well as religion and spirituality in his music enjoys a loyal following and the ongoing tour is a testament to that.
This dynamic dancehall/reggae performer broke Bob Marley’s record for the greatest number of #1 singles in 1992. His album “Mr. Mention” became the best-selling album in Jamaican history upon its release.
He has performed to sold-out crowds throughout the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. New York City’s Madison Square Garden welcomed him, as did the Cricket World Cup. In 2011, Buju attracted some 30,000 fans that filled Bayfront Park in Miami to see him command the stage, a feat no other reggae artist has ever accomplished before or since.
Buju has earned Best Reggae Album nods for Inna Heights (1999), Friends For Life (2004), Too Bad (2007), Rasta Got Soul (2010), and Before The Dawn, which won the music industry’s highest honor in 2011. He has also won several Caribbean and Canadian Music Awards, further indication that the artist remains relevant today to people from all walks of life.
Fans in Uganda are excited about Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom Tour, where he is expected to perform alongside fellow Jamaican super stars, Beenie Man and Morgan Heritage as well as Uganda’s Bebe Cool and Jose Chameleon.