It has been a long ten years since Buju Banton has taken his “vacation” from the music industry, but like any legendary artist, his music can be heard at any given moment around the world. With the rumor mill buzzing about an anticipated early release, which is completely false, it makes one consider how much music has evolved since Banton’s reign and how or if he will shake things up upon his release.
Banton, born Mark Anthony Myrie in Kingston, Jamaica, is undoubtedly one of reggae music’s greats. At his peak, Buju Banton’s albums were topping the charts and he even won the award for Best Reggae Album at the Grammys in 2010. We had to ask ourselves, what is it that makes Buju Banton absolutely amazing?
For starters, his voice is unmistakable. The heavy gravel in his voice is powerful with a hint of velvet. Paired with lyrics charged with antipolitical rhetoric and passion, his melodies are nothing short of genius. By having so much talent, and being such a natural born artist, could Buju Banton potentially return to his throne when he is released? Or will he simply become a former legend?
Music has drastically evolved since Buju Banton has been on the scene, so is it possible for him to remain relevant? Of course! True artistry transcends time and place. Real music is timeless. A good artist not only has great vocals, but creates melodies over bass lines that anyone can bop their head to and lyrics that everyone can relate to: all of which are qualities that Buju Banton possesses. His music is constantly in rotation, why would the date make any difference? I thoroughly believe that with the right support system and management, Buju Banton will have no problem climbing to the top of the charts where he once lived upon his release.
As much as his fans would love for him to come home early, there is not factual evidence that Buju Banton will be released anytime soon. However, I think reggae lovers far and wide should look forward to new music from Buju Banton soon after his return. His music has crossed genres and even generations. He is the true definition of an artist and embodiment of the essence of reggae music.