KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaicans here and in the diaspora warmly welcomed the news of Buju Banton's release from the McRae Correctional Center in Georgia earlier today.
The 45-year-old Grammy Award-winning artist, whose name is Mark Myrie, was arrested on cocaine charges in 2009 and received a mandatory 10-year sentence in 2011.
It was scheduled to be released in 2019; however, its launch day was changed last year to December 8, 2018.
Days after his conviction, Buju Banton won a Grammy Award for his album Before Dawn. His other albums include Til Shiloh (1995), Inna Heights (1997) and Unchained Spirit (2000).
Since then, many of them have started sharing their favorite Gargamel songs now as a free artist.
Some even suggested that the month of December, used to recognize the Christmas season, will be dedicated to playing songs by the reggae singer rather than the festive Christmas songs.
Others, however, took the opportunity to warn the singer not to be caught again in any drug-related situation, since more is expected of him.
"I will never understand why a person who has everything for them and has the world at their feet to turn around and allow greed to hinder the progress they have made in life. For the most part, Buju, in my opinion, was a rebel, a fair and progressive artist. Buju was the heir to the Throne of Progressive Music that is Reggae, "said a reader OBSERVER ONLINE.
Fans are now looking forward to a series of shows across the island and the artist's diaspora and are ready to extend the red carpet.