Buju Banton

Genres: Reggae
Tags: reggae dancehall ragga roots reggae jamaica Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Mark Anthony Myrie, 15 July 1973, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Banton was raised in Denham Town and began to learn the craft of the DJ at the age of 13 with the Rambo Mango and Sweet Love sound systems. The name Buju, meaning breadfruit, was given to him by his mother when he was a baby because of his chubbiness. DJ Clement Irie introduced him to Robert Ffrench, who produced his 1986 debut single ‘The Ruler’. In 1987, he worked with Red Dragon, Bunny Lee and Winston Riley, the latter successfully remixing several of his tracks. As his voice matured its rich growl was likened to Shabba Ranks. Several hits that established Banton as the most exciting newcomer in 1991 were written with Dave ‘Rude Boy’ Kelly, resident engineer at Donovan Germain’s Penthouse Studio. Some of their lyrics drew controversy, such as ‘Love Mi Browning’, which describes Banton’s fondness for light-skinned girls. ‘Women Nuh Fret’,...

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