Dear Friends and Supporters
This propaganda was released by Water Street Music,
I believe they're homophobe Buju Banton's handlers or promoters. They claim
Banton doesn't sing "Boom Bye Bye", however, this seems to be a blant lie. A
quick search on YouTube proves this to be true, as does video and lyrics posted
on Pride Tampa Bays website. They're attempt to spin Buju Banton into such a
caring and good person, is bull. Their statement lacks a very important point,
that being, he's never once apologized to the GLBT community nor has he recanted
his call to kill gay men. Hate speech or songs can not be tolerated, we
must speak-out against it. Calling on our community and allies to pressure
promoters and venue locations is one way to stop him from spewing his hatred and
killing against Faggots.
Hate speech and song lyrics can incite violence
against GLBT's, we can not sit idly by and allow this to happen. Join us in our
cause to get Buju Banton's Rasta Got Soul US Tour canceled. Together we can
"Silence The Hateful Voice of Jamaica's Reggae Artist and So-called
THE VOICE OF JAMAICA WILL NOT BE SILENCED
Four-Time Grammy Nominated Reggae Star Buju Banton's US Tour Is On -RGS - Don't
(New York, NY - 3, September 2009) Gargamel Music
is pleased to confirm that four-time Grammy nominated Reggae artist and icon,
Buju Banton will kick off his hotly anticipated Rasta Got Soul US Tour on
September 12th in Philadelphia. We are disappointed by the hasty cancellation of
a few shows by Live Nation/House of Blues and Goldenvoice/AEG, but fans will be
happy to know we have over 30 confirmed shows that are definitely playing and we
are working to replace the canceled dates. Now our team is primarily concerned
with setting the record straight on the grossly inaccurate portrait of Buju
being painted by certain organizations and systematically relayed to the masses
and the media.
Buju Banton was all of 15-years-old when he wrote "Boom
Bye Bye" in response to a widely publicized 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 th e record, it is the only song he ever made
on the subject - and he does not perform it
Those who have followed Buju Banton's musical
journey and have actually listened to his extensive catalog, know of his
development into a world-class singer, songwriter and performer who can quietly
sell out such prestigious venues as the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New
York and Brixton Academy in London. He does not advocate violence. There has
never been a shred of violence at any of his live shows. In fact, he commonly
preaches against violence - against all people.
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
musical transformation that yielded the classic narratives "Untold Stories,"
"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.
before Hollywood raised its collective consciousness about Darfur, there was
Buju Banton wailing about the genocide happening in "Sudan" on 1999's Unchained
Spirit. His Friends For Life (2003) and Too Bad (2006) projects were both
acknowledged with Grammy nods for Best Reggae Album. Buju's latest Roots Reggae
opus, Rasta Got Soul (2009), has already been welcomed with critical acclaim in
the US, Europe and Japan.
The artist's love for humanity is not just
demonstrated in words but also in deeds. Twelve years ago he responded to the
AIDS crisis in Jamaica by launching Operation Willy, an organization focused on
raising monies for HIV positive babies and children who lost their parents to
the disease. For three years he served as a celebrity spokesperson for
Upliftment Jamaica, a US-based non-profit committed to working with
underprivileged youth back home.
Yet none of these personal and
professional accomplishments matter much to a gay lobby hell bent on destroying
the livelihood of a man who has spent an entire career making amends -- his way.
Sadly, their 17 year fixation on waging war against one artist has prevented
them from turning this initiative into a larger, more fruitful discussion that
could perhaps effect real change.
WE SUPPORT BUJU BANTON!
Many thanks to the fans for standing in solidarity with
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