Barbados politician bashes Buju, thinks artiste getting too much support as an ex-convict

By Jamaica Observer

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Buju Banton shares a moment with Rihanna following his performance in Barbados on April 27.

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — One Caribbean politician is hitting out against the support being given to Buju Banton since his release from prison in December last year. The Jamaican reggae singer had served an eight-year sentence in the United States on drug charges.

Speaking during a recent address to the Barbados Parliament, the Member of Parliament for St Philip North, Dr Sonia Browne accused some of her fellow Bajans of romanticising the artiste.

In her contribution to the debate on the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) (Amendment) Bill, Browne suggested that Buju Banton and reggae king Bob Marley should not be seen as role models.

Dr. Sonia Browne

“I don’t think we quite understand the seriousness of the drug use and abuse. Let me clear it by saying I am a fan of Buju Banton. I admire his music, but when we got a society that more or less romanticises a gentleman coming out of prison, after spending a decade of incarceration on drug charges, when on his ‘long walk to freedom’ — I am not so sure from where — but when we can romanticise that and greet somebody like this at the airport and give them one of the biggest concerts…We need to change the perspective of our young people with respect to our heroes and heroines. We need to change the focus,” insisted Browne.

“Yes, there are the Bob Marleys of the world, and I love him too, but from the perspective of the young people, they use him as a prime example that marijuana does nothing. Not everybody can benefit from the clarity I assume he exhibited from marijuana use. Not many people can belt out the lyrics he did. In fact, the majority can’t. We need to change the focus and move to different role models. We have a man like Mr Banton, that stepped out of prison and now I am sure he is a virtual millionaire. We need to change the focus of who we look up to for our young people,”she continued.

Her comments came after the Barbados leg of Buju’s tour left that country’s capital, Bridgetown. Reports out of the Caribbean isle referred to the show “the biggest ever in Barbados”, as bumper crowds turned out at the famous cricket ground, Kensington Oval for the event on April 27.

The event brought out the country’s pop princess Rihanna, who flew home specially to attend.

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15 comments

  1. that's a dumb move as a politician

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  2. Who is she again...??? We don't know her. Looking a props I suppose...

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  3. Good times&bad we must stand firm with 1 another.Incarceration is part of his "JOURNEY"which was, is & still"sacred". Most important is what he learnt from it 2 help motivate others including "U" ms politician.Nuff,nuff,nuff....respect buju jail only makes u stronger to mash down "babylonshitsstem"

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  4. The shitstem is rigged

    Always the fugly one!!!

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  5. I am not a Buju- Bantan fan. however people have a right to celebrate who they chose to .Music hits you in different ways.

    What bored me the most about this article is this female politician is comparing Bujan Banton to Bob Marley. What a huge insult to his legacy.

    if one is not educated on the history of Bob Marley, Please do some resreach. Bob Marley was much then marijuan and even music. Bob Marley was a civil Rights advocate, he cared and supported the poor. He was a man of peace , love a justice for all. In life and death he helps is people. I once visited Jamaican about 10 years ago. I can honestly tell you almost everyone in the tourist industry make money off his image an influence.

    On this day in Jamaican history: Bob Marley One Love Peace Concert

    “Just let me tell you something (yeah), to make everything come true, we gotta be together. (Yeah, yeah, yeah) and through the spirit of the Most High, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, we’re inviting a few leading people of the slaves to shake hands…To show the people that you love them right, to show the people that you gonna unite, show the people that you’re over bright, show the people that everything is all right. Watch, watch, watch, what you’re doing, because I wanna send a message right out there. I mean, I’m not so good at talking but I hope you understand what I’m trying to say. Well, I’m trying to say, could we have, could we have, up here onstage here the presence of Mr. Michael Manley and Mr. Edward Seaga. I just want to shake hands and show the people that we’re gonna make it right, we’re gonna unite, we’re gonna make it right, we’ve got to unite. The moon is right over my head, and I give my love instead. The moon was right above my head, and I give my love instead.”

    Bob Marley music should be the national anthem for the black American.

    Johnny Was
    Bob Marley
    Woman hold her head and cry
    'Cause her son had been shot down in the street and died
    From a stray bullet
    Woman hold her head and cry
    Explaining to her was a passerby
    Who saw the woman cry (cry)
    Wondering
    How can she work it out
    Now she knows that the wages of sin is death, yeah!
    Gift of Jah is life (life)
    She cried
    Ah-um, I, I know!
    Johnny was a good man
    I, I know! (never did a thing wrong)
    Johnny was a good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good man
    (Johnny was good man) He cried, he cried
    Wo-ooh! Woman hold her head and cry
    As her son had been shot down in the street and died
    Just because of the system (system)
    Woman hold her head and cry
    Comforting her I was passing by
    She complained, then she cry
    Oh-whoah
    yeah, I…

    Women Rights - No women No Cry.

    War- That until there no longer
    First class and second class citizens of any nation
    Until the color of a man's skin
    Is of no more significance than the color of his eyes
    Me say war.

    African unite

    Just Powerful.

    I can go on and on. Please do some research. Respect to Bob.

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  6. sonia brown go f..k yourself...you politicians think you'll know it all

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  7. no risk no reward

    big up buju.have always been a fan of his music from the eighties growing up.As much as i want to understand your point Dr.Browne for i try to respect everyone's opinion but i feel you are just a hating on the man.maybe you sad and bitter you not getting the attention that he is getting.just saying.i rest my case.

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  8. Well said my people. Buju did his time let his life go on from there, let him be!!!

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  9. Dr. Sonia Browne why don't you just bury yourself along with your opinions house nigga. What have you done to influence the world other than ridicule the ones who have made a great impact on the world through their music, or you just mad nobody knows you except for ypur fellow bajans

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  10. woman whole your ass. just because someone did something wrong and if they trying to live a good life gives you the reason to chastise people for their mistakes. it shows that people have forgiven buju despite it was a trick by the police. the fella did his time in jail for what you want to talk about there. it will never go unnoticed but we need to give people a second chance if they are willing to take it. you just want to see the an in jail

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  11. Why?because you'er a nobody with a degree?

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  12. get the --out of here woman

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  13. I get what she is saying but we need to learn to seperate the two. He paid for his crimes already let him live his life k.

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    • Ok that’s a pure and honest bajan . and let me tell u this and u better believe if Jesus would come to Barbados they would crucify him all over again because he would come as a Jamaican

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  14. televangelists are false prophets

    And this years winner of the Player Hater's Ball goes to, Dr. Sonia Brown, "hate hate hate, hate hate hate hate". Bob Marley is a Legend. Buju made mistakes, but that doesnt mean we need to shun him and cast him aside.

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