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Watch: Buju Banton Concert Comeback Hailed As ‘Legendary’

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“This is history, the energy here is crazy. I’ve never seen anything like this – this is another level of inspiration. He’s at G.O.A.T status, another level. Legendary.”

It’s clear UK rapper Konan is still in awe of what he’s just witnessed.

Buju Banton is the artist who’s just performed – it’s his first headline show since serving eight years in a US prison for drug charges.

It’s been described as the biggest music event in Jamaica since Bob Marley’s Smile Jamaica concert in 1976.

Jamaica’s national stadium, which hosted the concert, is listed as having a capacity of 35,000.

For the first night of Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom Tour it’s estimated there were more than 40,000 people there.

“I haven’t seen anything like that and I have been to a few concerts. To come out and do this, that’s crazy,” Konan says backstage after the show.

BBC 1Xtra’s Seani B says anticipation in Jamaica has been building since the date of the show was leaked.

“Flights were booked out, hotels were fully booked, Airbnbs were booked out,” he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“Every club, bar and radio station was playing Buju Banton.

“I spoke to fans who had travelled from Europe, America and the UK to see him – that’s how much of a column in dancehall this man is.”

Although he’s always maintained his innocence, Buju Banton was convicted in 2011 of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal two years earlier .

Prosecutors in Florida said the singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, told a police informant he could broker the drug.

But Buju Banton testified in court he was merely boasting, and prosecutors conceded he had never put money into a deal, nor made any.

Days after his initial arrest Buju Banton won a Grammy Award for his album Before the Dawn.

Buju Banton has been a staple in reggae and dancehall music in Jamaica since the early 1990s.

During his career he’s been accused of using homophobic lyrics – which has led to protests outside his gigs and prompted some radio stations to ban some of his songs.

Seani B says Buju Banton has “done his time” for the drug charges.

“He’s a free man, he should be allowed to continue the journey he was blessed with and that’s bringing music to the world.”

‘Nothing will top this’

UK rapper Stefflon Don was one of the night’s performers alongside Buju Banton.

She described it afterwards as the “best moment” of her career.

“From a kid, all my dad would play around the house was reggae and dancehall music,” she wrote on Instagram.

“This moment here means the world to me and it takes me back to my childhood.”

Dancehall singer Koffee said Buju sets a “positive example” for young artists like her.

“To be honest with you Buju is a legend, people like him set the pace for me.”

Protoje, another reggae star at the event, said: “I spoke to him since he’s been back. Just the fact he knows my name or who I am, I give thanks just for that.

“I can only imagine what it was like not being on stage for eight years, just the overwhelming emotions he must have gone through. I am happy for him.”

Despite being away from the scene for so long, Seani B says he thinks Buju Banton will fit back into the dancehall world seamlessly.

“You can see from the Buju Banton that was on stage that he’s ready for business. He’s one of the columns of dancehall and I don’t think he’s going anywhere… he’s still reigning as a champion.”

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UGANDA: No Compensation For National Anthem Composer.

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The Court of Appeal in Uganda has revoked a 50 million Ugandan shilling ($13 500) compensation previously awarded to the late George Wilberforce Kakoma for composing the Ugandan national anthem in 1962.

The decision to compensate Kakoma was made by high court judge Yorokamu Bamwine in 2010, after the composer had filed a case accusing the government of copyright infringement to the tune of 1 billion Ugandan shillings. Bamwine noted that the awarded amount would accrue an annual interest of 25% until the government settled the payment.

Mary Teresa Kakoma holding a picture of her late husband.

But Kakoma rejected the offer and took the case to the Court of Appeal where he sought 800 million shillings as compensation. According to NTV Uganda, justices Elizabeth Musoke, Hellen Obura and Fredrick Egonda-Ntende ruled on 15 July that the copyright to the anthem had expired in 2012, 50 years after it was composed. Kakoma died in April 2012.

The verdict also said that the anthem could now be used freely in the public domain.

A Ugandan copyright lawyer who spoke to Music in Africa on condition of anonymity said it was highly unlikely that Kakoma or his next of kin could have won the case.

“There are certain things that if you do not sort out before you pass on, then it becomes more complicated for those who might want to carry on, and this particular case is one of them,” the copyright lawyer said.

“When you are in court fighting for what you truly believe is yours, you need to explore different ways to resolve it and get your house in order before it’s too late. Kakoma was going against a state that had refused to sort out this issue since 1962 until the day he died. For it to be ignored for that long shows that the government had no sense of empathy. This is a huge lesson for Ugandans. ”

The lawyer said Kakoma’s widow, Mary Teresa Kakoma, could appeal the ruling but the case had "no political mileage" and therefore was of no interest to the government.

"The state will not pay much attention to it. The government only gives lip service to its heroes, most of whom are living in unspeakable conditions.”

Kakoma received 2 000 shillings for his composition in 1963, as a token of appreciation.

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Beyoncé Drops New Album The Lion King: The Gift With JAY-Z, Kendrick, Blue Ivy, Childish Gambino.

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Beyoncé curated and produced the new album The Lion King: The Gift, which was inspired by Disney’s new version of the classic film. The album, out today, features contributions from a star cast of collaborators, including JAY-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, Major Lazer, and others. Beyoncé has referred to the new record as a “love letter to Africa” and features multiple African artists and producers. Listen below.

DJ Khaled is listed as a producer on “MOOD 4 EVA,” the collaboration between Beyoncé, JAY-Z, and Childish Gambino. Listen to an extended version on Tidal below. Syd is credited as a co-producer on “OTHERSIDE,” and Diplo co-produced “ALREADY.” “NILE,” the collaboration between Kendrick and Beyoncé, features production from Sounwave—Kendrick’s frequent collaborator who worked on DAMN. and Black Panther. JAY-Z is also given a co-writer credit on the Blue Ivy-featuring song “BROWN SKIN GIRL.” The album is full of dialogue from the film as interludes, including several prominent guest spots from James Earl Jones (whose voice opens the album).

Bey (who voices Nala in the remake) released lead single “Spirit” ahead of the new LP earlier this month. She also shared a colorful music video for the track. The Lion King is in theaters this weekend and stars Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Eric André, John Oliver, and others.

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1. balance (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
2. BIGGER – Beyoncé
3. the stars (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
4. FIND YOUR WAY BACK – Beyoncé
5. uncle scar (scar interlude) – Chiwetel Ejiofor
6. DON’T JEALOUS ME – Tekno, Yemi Alade & Mr. Eazi
7. danger (young simba & young nala interlude) – JD McCrary & Shahadi Wright Joseph
8. JA ARA E – Burna Boy
9. run away (scar & young simba interlude) – JD McCrary & Chiwetel Ejiofor
10. NILE – Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar
11. new lesson (timon, pumbaa & young simba interlude) – Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen & JD McCrary
12. MOOD 4 EVA – Beyoncé, JAY-Z & Childish Gambino
13. reunited (nala & simba interlude) – Beyoncé & Donald Glover
14. WATER – Salatiel, Pharrell Williams & Beyoncé
15. BROWN SKIN GIRL – Beyoncé, SAINt JHN & Wizkid f. Blue Ivy Carter
16. come home (nala interlude)
17. KEYS TO THE KINGDOM – Tiwa Savage & Mr Eazi
18. follow me (Rafiki interlude) – John Kani
19. ALREADY – Beyoncé, Shatta Wale & Major Lazer
20. remember (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
21. OTHERSIDE – Beyoncé
22. war (nala interlude)
23. MY POWER – Tierra Whack, Beyoncé & Moonchild Sanelly
24. surrender (simba & scar interlude) – Donald Glover & Chiwetel Ejiofor
25. SCAR – 070 Shake & Jessie Reyez
26. i’m home (mufasa, sarabi & simba interlude) – James Earl Jones, Alfre Woodard & Donald Glover
27. SPIRIT (From Disney’s “The Lion King”) – Beyoncé

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GBTV: Watch Kwaw Kese’s “Dondo” Remix Official Music Video Featuring Medikal, Skonti & Sarkodie.

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TUFF SEED: Stonebwoy’s Tune Scores 2 Major — Apple Music’s “Best Of The Week” and “New Music Fridays” on Spotify.

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This past Friday, Ghanaian afrobeats and reggae/dancehall star, Stonebwoy, dropped his follow up single “Tuff Seed,” which exclusively premiered on largeup.com.

With less than a week in rotation, “Tuff Seed” has already been featured on a number of globally major streaming platforms, including five of Apple Music’s playlists (Best of the Week, Ghana Bounce, A-List African, Future Hits, Run Things) and Spotify’s New Music Fridays.

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Not to mention, he graced the cover of Deezer’s Afrodisiac and Ghana’s Hottest Tracks and was also featured on their Brand New Dancehall playlist, what a week!


This comes on the heels of dropping his first single, “Shuga,” to his fourth studio album, due out next year, which features dancehall legend himself, Beenie Man a.k.a The Doctah! In only a few months, “Shuga” has garnered over 1.6M streams and 1.7M YouTube views.

At a career height, Stonebwoy delivers tunes that feed the soul all while effortlessly merging afrobeats, dancehall, and reggae culture. Priding himself on uniting his people through his music, Stonebwoy is intentional about highlighting the similarities not only between Ghana and Jamaica but the entire diaspora.

As Stonebwoy continues to celebrate the success of Epistles of Mama (2017), which peaked at #13 on the Billboard World Charts and earned him a 3Music Award for becoming the most streamed album across digital platforms from Ghana, including Africa’s top streaming service, Boomplay Music.


Stonebwoy promotes peace, love, and unity in all that he does. This can be seen in “Tuff Seed” as he dedicates the song to everyone facing struggles and reminds his listeners, we are all tough seeds that can’t be dug up. This was also seen when he became the first Ghanaian to perform at renowned Jamaican music festival, Reggae Sumfest, last summer and when he organized the largest peace concert in Ghana, Ashaiman to the World in 2018.

Go check out “Tuff Seed” now and stay up to date with all things Stonebwoy by following him on social media platforms at:
Twitter: @Stonebwoyb

Facebook:  STONEBWOY

Instagram: @Stonebwoyb

Spotify: Stonebwoy

(Source: Beenie Words)

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