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What's the motive for releasing Buju video now?

Monday, June 11, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I grew up listening to Buju Banton's music and whenever I listen to any of his songs it seems my spirit is lifted. His songs have been very inspiring and seem to touch the hearts and souls of many. People seem to be able to relate or connect with his music because of the words and how they depict real struggle and positivity at the same time. From encouragement to pressuring corrupt governments. from Rastaman vibrations to surviving in the ghetto streets —the music deals with them.

I was, however, shocked at the allegations against him and refused to believe them, but then I stopped and thought about and came to the conclusion that he just may be guilty based on the information put forward.

I wondered for months how this would interfere with the perception I had already had of Buju Banton, the artiste, and how much his music meant to me. After all that has been said I had the choice between discontinuing or continuing to listen to his music. The songs and words mean so much to me that I have had to hold on to them.

After a number of month of the case, Buju Banton was convicted and sentenced. Now he's almost served him time and can once again find peace. Peace not in the sense that he is guilty, but peace in the sense that he now had time away from the 'Babylon' system to reflect on his life. He now has time to think of how he could have done things differently and the number of people he may have left disappointed.

I was excited and overjoyed last year when one of our local newspapers reported that he may be released from prison in a matter of months. I was not so happy about the rumour which followed that his first performance after being released from prison would be in Trinidad and Tobago.

While he is responsible for himself and has the right to decide where his first performance takes place, I feel as a born Jamaican his first performance should be here.

Nevertheless, I was still happy that he will be released in short order and has already started making plans for when he chooses to perform in Jamaica.

My happiness came to a sudden end when ABC News released a video of the artiste tasting and commenting on the quality of a white substance which they presumed to be cocaine. It has caused me to think of the agenda behind the release of this video. Why is this video just being released now? Why wasn't it made available to the public immediately after the trial?

I was disappointed at what I saw in the video, but quickly reminded myself that he has already been punished for that act and everyone deserves a second chance.

This is Buju Banton's second chance at life and I am hoping that the powers that be do not have any intention to take that away from him.

I have seen many artistes who have committed some grave acts do their time and now make music and encourage others not to make the mistakes they have made. We can just hope and pray that others have learned from his mistakes and can now mentor and help to build their communities and Jamaica, because we need all the intervention we can get.

Nickoy Brown


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