The Dancehall star welcomed Gary Griffith, the twin-island republic’s Commissioner of Police, on stage to bury the proverbial hatchet Sunday night during the “Destiny” singjay’s set at the “I Am Legend” concert held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.
“Buju Banton, I will take a line from your song, how could you ever think, Trinidad and Tobago, don’t ever doubt we are your friends,” Griffith told to the Grammy-winning entertainer as the shook hands.
“And from GG (Gary Griffiths) to BB (Buju Banton), Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica are allies forever.”
#BujuBanton took the opportunity to invite #Trinidad Police Commissioner Gary Griffiths on stage as he accepted the Commissioner’s apology and asked for all fans to not use this as an opportunity to divide each other after a controversial search at the artist’s hotel room. #LWTF pic.twitter.com/wO57V9Z548
— Hype Life Magazine (@HYPELIFEmedia) April 22, 2019
The “Untold Stories” singer told the patrons that is was time to push the reset button on relations between the two Caribbean Islands.
“Relations between the two nations must improve. We pressing the reset button,” Banton declared.
According to reports, Buju Banton performed for approximately two hours and stopped abruptly minutes before midnight when the show was scheduled to end. It was the artist’s first performance in Trinidad & Tobago since 2009, and his third to date since being released from a US federal prison after severing 8 years for drug-related charges.
On Saturday, Buju Banton’s hotel room was searched by Trinidad police, who indicated they were in possession of a warrant. However, it was later revealed that the search was not ordered by the authorities, according to sources.
The Jamaican entertainer then took to social media following the incident and posted a video.
“I’m chilling in my hotel room and the cops came to check me, a whole bunch of them saying they got a warrant to search my room and all kind of stuff,” Buju Banton said in a video.
“I just want you to know that no matter what they can’t break us, we see whats going on and we just want you to know whats going on… We see what they are planning, how can you obtain a search warrant for a hotel room on a Saturday?” he asked.
Shortly after the video went viral on social media, Gary Griffith visited Buju Banton and issued an apology for the incident. T&T Commissioner of Police also assured the entertainer that a full investigation will be launched on the matter.