Unlike the homosexuals in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados Gays and Lesbians against Discrimination (B-GLAD) are more than happy for Buju Banton to perform on their island.
“No one is denouncing Buju Banton. I, like many other Caribbean activists and people have moved on and are looking forward to seeing Buju Banton in concert here in Barbados,” B-GLAD’s executive director, Donnya Piggott, told 18 Karat Reggae.
Buju Banton will be performing at the Barbados Reggae Festival at Kensington Oval on April 27, 2019 as the reggae legend continues his Long Walk to Freedom tour.
Contrary to media report, Buju Banton is not being asked to denounce his 1993 anti-gay hit song Boom Bye Bye, at least not by B-GLAD.
“Essentially just like Buju, we’re moving on from Boom Bye Bye,” said Donnya Piggott.
Although the song promoted violence against homosexuals, Barbados’ homosexual community realizes that it was done by a 19-year-old young man who is now a mature man in his 40s. Piggot says that is not to mention that Buju Banton is way more than that song with positive messages that impact people all over the world.
“Those who don’t know his music can harp on that and let Western narratives dictate the pace about how we should and should not feel about Buju’s music. I am a lesbian, and the song makes me cringe but I’m also black and Caribbean and many young, black gay people are also poor. Before I knew of Boom Bye Bye, I knew of Destiny, Untold Stories, Wanna Be Loved, ‘Til Shiloh and he made a profound impact on my life as a black, dark-skinned Caribbean woman and he was a voice for many poor disenfranchised black people in the Caribbean. I’m not denying the harm that Boom Bye Bye has caused and writing it as a 15-year-old boy, I can only imagine where Buju was at in his life,” she told 18 Karat Reggae.
Buju Banton was recently released from a United States prison after serving a 10-year-sentence on drug related charges.
The deejay is now gearing up for his Long Walk to Freedom tour which begins on March 16, 2019 at the National Stadium in Jamaica. He will also be performing in other Caribbean islands including Trinidad, Antigua and The Bahamas.
The homosexual community in Trinidad and Tobago says that Buju Banton is not welcomed on the twin island unless he can prove he is a changed man.