Buju Banton first confirmed post prison show in Trinidad will go on according to his management.
The LGBT community in Trinidad and Tobago has cast a cloud over the planned concert by trying to get authorities to prevent the Grammy-winning reggae singer from entering the country for the performance in April next year. The gay community cites Buju Banton‘s past music which they labeled as “murder music” as well as his drug trafficking conviction.
A rep for the singer told Urban Islandz that his team and the promoter in T&T are pulling all the stops to ensure the show will go on without incident. “The fans are eager to see Buju Banton and they will see him perform but clearly some forces are trying to stop it but they can’t stop the Gargamel,” his rep said. “Buju is already booked for the show and the fans want to see him, they are hungry to see him perform so you have to be a hateful person to try a stop something like that.”
According to section 8 subsection 1D of Trinidad’s Immigration Act, Buju Banton can be barred from entering the island because of his criminal record in the United States. However, he can write a letter to the Minister of Immigration and ask for an exemption.
Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is currently on the final lap of his 10-year prison sentence. He will be released and deport back to Jamaica in December of this year.