As large as the crowd was in Jamaica’s national stadium, not everyone was able to make it to Buju Banton’s first leg of the Long Walk to Freedom tour. For those who want to see him but not in any of the other locations where the tour will stop, no need to worry, then Banton will be headlining Reggae Sumfest 2019 in the summer.
The organizer of Reggae Sumfest, Joe Bogdanovich, says he has been negotiating with Buju Banton and team since the deejay was released from prison and came to a final agreement back in January.
“Buju Banton respects the festival and the reach we have and he wanted to do the show. He just didn’t want us to advertise before his show and so we held off,” he said.
Bogdanovich expects Banton’s performance at Sumfest to be just as great as his performance in the national stadium last week.
“Buju Banton is doing great things as he exhibited the other night, and I think he’s going to be amazing. He’s going to do four shows before us in July, and by then he will only get better. He’s going to get re-familiarized with everything and he’s going to be even more excited. I expect more energy, more interaction, just more of everything.”
Bogdanovich did not reveal the exact amount he paid to acquire Buju Banton’s service but he admitted it was a great amount which he does not regret spending.
“I can’t tell you the exact amount he is getting but it is a lot. We listen to our patrons and we try our best to give them what they want and right now, they want Buju Banton.”
Along with Buju Banton, another living legend in Beres Hammond and a potential legend in Chronixx will also be on the show.
“The people love Beres, they love Buju Banton and they love Chronixx, so we came up with the B.B.C. idea. This line-up and festival is very special, and I think it’s going to be very hard to beat,” he said. “There’s been a very strong response; the tickets are selling so fast already. I think the VIP and ultra-VIP are the ones that are really hot right now. People understand that it’s a seven-day festival, and so they’re also booking the pre-events as well. We’re feeling very positive about the show and we expect things will only get better as we get closer to summer.”