Gays can’t stop Buju’s tour

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buju-banton_picnik.jpgBuju Banton’s Rasta Got Soul US Tour will begin September 12 in Philadelphia, and over 30 dates have been confirmed. This despite a few cancellations which resulted from pressure from gay rights loby groups.

“We are definitely playing and we are working to replace the canceled dates,” Buju’s publicist said.

The team notes that is primarily concerned with setting the record straight on the inaccurate portrait of Buju being painted by certain organisations.

According to Buju Banton’s management, the artiste “was 15-years-old when he wrote Boom Bye Bye in response to a widely publicised man/boy rape case in Jamaica. It was not a call to violence. The song was re-released on a popular dancehall rhythm in 1992 and caused a huge uproar after receiving commercial radio play in the States. Following much public debate back then, prominent gay rights leaders and Buju decidedly moved on. For the record, it is the only song he ever made on the subject, and he does not perform it today.”

Buju does not advocate violence. There has never been a shred of violence at any of his live shows. Buju’s consistently positive messages of peace, love and enlightenment have never been lost in the music.

His 1995 Grammy-nominated album ‘Til Shiloh marked a spiritual and musicSal transformation that yielded the classic narratives “Untold tories,” “Wanna Be Loved” and “Murderer,” which personified the horrific increase in gun crimes in Kingston’s inner city. His Grammy-nominated Inna Heights (1997) garnered him numerous comparisons to the late, great Bob Marley.