Buju Banton is a Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist. He is widely considered one of the most significant and well-regarded artists in Jamaican music. Banton has collaborated with many international artists, including those in the Hip Hop, Latin and punk rock genres, as well as the sons of Bob Marley. Banton released a number of dancehall singles as early as 1987 but came to prominence in 1992 with two albums, Stamina Daddy and Mr. Mention, the latter becoming the best-selling album in Jamaican history upon its release. That year he also broke the record for #1 singles in Jamaica, previously held by Bob Marley & The Wailers. He signed with the major label Mercury Records and released Voice of Jamaica in 1993. By the mid-1990s, Banton's music became more influenced by his Rastafari faith, as heard on the seminal albums 'Til Shiloh and Inna Heights. In 2009, he was arrested on drug-related charges in the United States, his first trial resulting in a hung jury.
|Birth name:||Mark Anthony Myrie|
|Also known as:||Gargamel|
|Born:||July 15, 1973, Kingston, Jamaica|
|Genres:||Reggae, dancehall, reggae fusion, roots reggae, negro spiritual, folk, dub|
|Occupation(s):||Deejay, singer, songwriter, musician|
|Years active:||1987–2011, 2018–present|
|Labels:||Gargamel Music, Mercury/PolyGram Records, Loose Cannon/Island/PolyGram Records, Tommy Boy Entertainment, VP Records, Penthouse Records, Roc Nation|
|Facebook:||Buju Banton's Facebook profile|
|Youtube:||Buju Banton's Youtube channel|
|IMDb:||Buju Banton's IMDb|
|iTunes:||Buju Banton's iTunes|
About Buju Banton
Reggae musician known for his steady two-decade career before arrests for drug distribution and gun possession landed him a prison sentence. One day before his trial in 2011, his album Before the Dawn took the honor for Best Reggae Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
He found his stage name when he was given the nickname "Buju," a name given to chubby babies. He further used "Banton," a word for storyteller and inspired by his hero Burro Banton.
One of his most popular songs "Boom Bye Bye" gained attention in 2009 for its controversial anti-gay lyrics--despite the song having been released in 1992.
He was born Mark Anthony Myrie in Salt Lane, Kingston. His mother was a street vendor and his father was a laborer. He has fifteen children and has bought homes in both Jamaica and Tamarac, Florida.
His album Unchained Spirit featured artists like Stephen Marley and Tim Armstrong.
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- Tommy Boy Records artists
- Jamaican prisoners and detainees
- Jamaican Rastafarians
- Reggae fusion artists
- Jamaican male singers
- Jamaican reggae singers
- Musicians from Kingston, Jamaica
- Island Records artists
- Mercury Records artists