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Buju Banton returns to the United States; says “God is amazing”

  • May 3, 2024
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Veteran dancehall and reggae artist Buju Banton is returning to the United States after almost four years.

“God is amazing,” a smiling Banton told his fans as he laughed with producer DJ Khaled in what could be described as a moment of joy for both.

The artist, born Mark Myrie, confirmed his return to Miami in an Instagram live video shared by Khaled, expressing gratitude for returning to the United States.

The Jamaican said Khaled was the first person he had to visit upon his return to American soil as a free man.

Banton’s return marks a milestone in his career, following his release from federal prison in December 2019 after serving time relating to a cocaine conviction.

Khaled, a longtime friend and collaborator, welcomed Buju Banton to Miami, saying, “I haven’t seen my brother (Banton) here in Miami in like 15 years…I’m so lucky.”

Khaled reflected on their shared journey, highlighting the impact Banton had on his own musical evolution.

“You’ve been my brother since day one… I love you and appreciate what you’ve done in my career since day one… This is history,” Khaled said.

For his part, Banton expressed his gratitude to his fans and supporters across the United States.

“I want to send a lot of love to all my fans in other states…The Gargamel is back,” Banton said with a big smile.

He reaffirmed his commitment to his profession and his audience.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you (my fans), it’s been a long time since my feet (haven’t) walked on this side. Nothing before the time and now is the time, so let’s play the music Let’s leave the vibe, let’s pick ourselves up, remember who we are and be alive,” Banton said.

Buju Banton aboard what appears to be a private jet.

Since his release from prison in the United States, Banton has signed with Island Records/Roc Nation and released two albums, “Upside Down 2020” and “Born For Greatness”.

However, his return to the United States seems bittersweet, as he recently lost his son, Miles Myrie, who died at age 20.

Banton’s return to the United States marks a new chapter in his career, and fans seem to be eagerly awaiting his next step.

On his own Instagram page, he posted several photographs, one of which shows him reading a book on what appears to be a private jet.

The artist was seen in another photo in which he shared a moment in what appeared to be a studio with Khaled.

“The road was long. The journeys were many, but the journey of… 1,000 miles begins with a single step. Miami, si mi ya,” the artist wrote.

Among those celebrating Banton’s return to the United States was Opposition Leader Mark Golding, who is also in Miami this weekend.

“The time has come,” Golding wrote.

Wrote the artist Bounty Killer: “Long live the king”.

Reggae singer Gramps Morgan said: “So grateful.”

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Allwitch Joly