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Buju Banton Concert Comeback Hailed As ‘Legendary’

“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.”


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