Dec 25, 2010


New York: International reggae icon Buju Banton broke his silence to the USA media on Monday, December 20, exactly 41 days after he was granted bail in a Florida courtroom. The interview, which was done with New York based Irie Jam, 93.5 FM, lasted about 12 minutes and will air on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25, 2010 - a Christmas gift for his fans in the NY tri-state area who have supported him during his ordeal.
"Greetings to all the tri-state area" was how the Gargamel greeted fans in the telephone interview with DJ Roy from his home in South Florida. "I truly appreciate your support and I want you to know this is my first interview since I was released on bond."
Banton's decision to make Irie Jam his first, reiterates the close bond and trust that exists between the artiste and station executives.
"Apart from a natural music industry fostered relationship, Buju Banton has been a true friend and family member to Irie Jam Radio for many, many years" Louie Grant, VP of Irie Jam radio explained. "The entire team is compelled, yet equally honored to stand shoulder to shoulder with Banton, his family, friends, loyal supporters and well-wishers during and beyond these challenging times – a resolute position that we have all been encouraged to demonstrate by his lyrics and music over the years. We are therefore very humbled that Rockers Island and Gargamel Music, producers of his upcoming Before the Dawn concert in Florida, have engaged us to play an integral role in the planning of this eagerly anticipated concert – prophetically and aptly named after Buju's most recent 2011 Grammy nominated project."
The "Buju Banton & Friends - Before The Dawn" concert takes place at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in downtown Miami on Sunday, January 16 during the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The concert will provide Banton the opportunity to personally thank fans for their support during the turbulent times. He is looking forward to performing on stage once more and is promising fans a special treat.
"I have not sang for my people from my heart in a long while. I want to pour my heart out and my music to the people who have been there and supported me" he reassured fans.
"Remember I am a man that sings about suffering, struggling, oppression and depression all my life; I try to uplift other people. Now that the shoes are on my feet, I can personally identify with such rigerous treatment" he said.
Irie Jam is leading the charge of fans and supporters from the New York metro region expected to converge in Miami for the milestone concert that will present Banton in his first performance in more than a year. A number of top music stars including Steven Marley, Wayne Wonder, Shaggy, Tony Rebel, Gramps Morgan, Sly & Robbie, Freddy McGregor, John Legend, Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond, Jr Gong and DJ Khalead are confirmed to perform.
A special “fly away" package with Irie Jam radio DJs is being offered by Island Expert Travel for fans traveling to Miami. The package, which cost US$565.00, includes air, hotel, concert tickets, shuttle service to the concert as well as airport and hotel transfers.
Contact Island Expert Travel @ 877 872 8803 for further information. Visit for more information about the “Before the Dawn” concert slated for Sunday January 16, 2011, 301 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida.

Dec 14, 2010

Buju & Friends Live Concert in Miami
Sunday January 16th 2011 Martin Luther King Weekend, mark your calendars for the most highly anticipated show that will lock down any other show for the entire year, Buju Banton Live on Stage for one night and one night only.  There is no other way to start 2011, but to start it with one of the leading Grammy Nominated Reggae Artist, Buju. Just when they thought Mr. Gargamel would stop to dwell on the negativity, Buju rises and comes fourth with friends for Before the Dawn Concert.  With no school or work the next day there is no other reason to miss this once in a life time un-expected concert, which will not happen anywhere else in the USA.  So come out and witness history as Buju hits the stage on American Soil, which most people say, may be his very last show. 

Buju will be performing hits like, "Bogle", "Destiny", "I wanna be loved", "Driver", "Untold Story", "Til I Lay to rest" tracks from his new album"Before the Dawn" and the list goes on!  This show will show why he is one of the Best Reggae Artist of all time!  Not only will it be a moment of truth, but a moment of Happiness for a man who does something who truly loves to do. 
This concert is a show with Buju alone, but the list of acts from top Dancehall, Reggae, Hip-Hop and R&B artist that will be added will leave with a lost of words.  Music will be by New Yorks’ Hot 97 finest, Massive B with Bobby Konders, Jabba and Shotta and the Host of the night, hum?  Just know this is why Miami brings you nothing but the BEST of the BEST!  Book your flights and get your tickets there is no other questions that needs to be asked!!!
This is a family Event Kids Free Under 12 W/Adult
Doors Open at 4pm Showtime 5pm *SHARP*
Taken Place @ Bayfront Park AMPHITHEATRE 301 North Biscayne Blvd Downtown Miami FL (Next to Bayfront Market)
 More Info and Booth Rentals Please Call 305 438 9488
Tickets Adv. $42  VIP Tickets $100

Dec 2, 2010

Buju Banton Nominated For 5th Grammy!

- Artist Set To Perform Live At Concert In Miami, Florida On January 16th -

(South Florida -- 2, December 2010) Gargamel Music, Inc. is proud to announce that Jamaican music icon Buju Banton has received his fifth Grammy nomination in the Best Reggae Album category for his prophetic new project, Before The Dawn. Recorded mostly at his own Gargamel Music studio in Kingston, the album boasts some of the most powerful songs written by Banton since his professional entry into the music business over twenty years ago.

Released in September to critical acclaim, Before The Dawn debuted at #2 on Billboard's Reggae Albums chart and #26 on the mag's Heatseekers chart. Currently the album is perched at #1 on both the South Florida and the New York Top 20 Reggae Albums charts, #1 on Richie B's Jamaica Music Countdown and #4 on CMJ's World Music chart. Highlights include "Do Good," "In The Air," "Struggle Together" and the especially potent "Battered & Bruised." The album's unofficial anthem, "Innocent" strikes a highly personal chord that resonates deeply considering the artist's ensuing legal battle.

Banton was previously acknowledged by the Recording Academy for his albums Rasta Got Soul (2009), Too Bad (2007), Friends for Life (2004) and Inna Heights(1999). News of the 2010 Grammy nod comes on the heels of a federal court ruling by Judge James Moody that allows Banton, who is out on bail, to perform at an event in South Florida during Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend. The veteran Reggae artist, who had been incarcerated at Pinellas County Jail for 11 months, has not performed live in over a year.

Produced by Rocker's Island, the Before The Dawn Concert featuring Buju Banton & Friends will take place on Sunday, January 16 at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in downtown Miami from 4:00pm - 10:00pm.

Court allows Buju to perform - Reggae singer wins appeal in Florida court

JAMAICAN Reggae star Buju Banton, today won an appeal against an order which denied him the right to perform on a concert on January 16.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, had applied for permission to perform at the concert on November 23 but his motion was dismissed by United States Judge Anthony Porcelli on the grounds that the artiste was a flight risk.

But in overturning the ruling today Judge James Moody cited that the issue had been already addressed when Banton was released on bail in October.

David Oscar Markus, who is the singer's lead attorney, was grateful for the ruling which will allow his client to earn much needed income to pay for his security detail which is costing Banton US$20,000 monthly.

The concert, dubbed 'Before The Dawn', will be held at the Bay Front Amphitheatre in downtown Miami and will feature Banton and other prominent Reggae artistes. The concert is being produced by Rockers Island.

Banton was held in the Pinellas County Jail for 11 months after being hauled out of his home in Tamarac, South Florida following the arrest of James Mack and Ian Thomas during a sting operation in Saratoga, Tampa. 

Both were held attempting to purchase cocaine from undercover agents in a police controlled warehouse and have pleaded guilty.