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Son to share stage with Buju Banton

Published:Thursday | January 31, 2019 | 12:26 AM
Buju Banton

For young Jahazeil Myrie, March 16 will be a very special day – he gets to share the stage with his father – Mark Myrie, aka Buju Banton. Jahazeil, along with reggae artistes Chronixx, Cocoa Tea, Etana, Ghost, Romain Virgo, Delly Ranks, Agent Sasco and LUST are confirmed as booked artistes for Banton’s highly anticipated Long Walk to Freedom concert.

“It’s a very overwhelming feeling. I just cannot wait to share the same stage as my father,” Jahazeil toldThe Gleaner.

Banton spent eight years in the united States Federal prison on drug charges. His son, who was about 14 years old, when his father was incarcerated, toldThe Gleaner that sharing the stage with his dad is beyond his wildest dreams.

The aspiring artiste, who is currently promoting his single, Do Good, produced by his younger brother, Jahleel Myrie (Leelo Records), is also gearing up for a video shoot this weekend, as well as his next release, Leave Them Alone, produced by White Gad Records.

His father’s highly anticipated Long Walk to Freedom concert is a big deal for the young artiste.

“It’s a very exciting feeling for a young act like me to get to share a stage with such big acts. Things will be good, just come out and support the show,” he said.

As for what he’s going to be bringing to the stage, the legacy act paused, “I’m not sure as yet. I can’t too say much.”

Speaking toThe Gleaner yesterday, Banton’s publicist Ronnie Tomlinson says the artiste is really looking forward to being on a local stage after more than a decade. “I can definitely say that he is excited. He’s really anticipating the performance. Rehearsals are going on, and he always wants to go to rehearsal, to make sure everything is right. We know he’s looking forward to a 90-minute set, but there might be more time based on conversations we’ve had,” she said. She said that the artiste is working hard to make sure his highly anticipated presentation is perfect for his fans.

Before the announcement, fans were guessing as to the line-up, with names such as Beres Hammond, Wayne Wonder, and even young reggae artiste, Koffee. Tomlinson says there are still ‘friends’ who will make an appearance. “These are the ones performing, but the ‘and friends’ is still there,” Tomlinson said.

She said that Banton has played an active role in curating the line-up. “Buju has the final say in everything. His son is on the line-up, that is obviously because he has a say in what’s happening,” event organiser Dwayne Gordon reiterated. Gordon explained that the current featured acts represent a cross section of Jamaican music .

“You have young people like Romain Virgo and the more experienced like Cocoa Tea,” he said, which will ensure that fans are fully satisfied. He says there might be guests – people who have collaborated with Buju in the past. “It’s gonna be a special event,” he said.