With less than 11 months before he is released from US prison, Buju Banton’s former manager looks foward to a rebirth for the Grammy-winning artist.
The demand for Buju Banton is high, according to Donovan Germain, who produced some of the singer’s biggest hit songs.
“Buju Banton is one of Jamaic’’s most popular entertainers ever,” said Germain.
“People calling me left, right and centre for Buju to do shows. Wi talking ‘bout the Caribbean, Europe,” he added.
Banton, who was arrested in December 2009 and found guilty in February 2011, is due for release on December 8, 2018, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.
Germain produced most of Banton’s early hit songs including “Browning,” the entertainer’s breakthrough hit, in 1992.
He expects the Jamaican singer to return to what he knows best once he gets out.
“Him jus’ need to come out with another good album and introduce himself to a new generation of fans. Once him do a good album, things should get back to normal,” said Germain.
Buju, while in prison, also received his Master’s degree in Music Business Management from New York University (NYU).
“I can do anything I put my mind to; you know that. People who know me know that I am very determined and will achieve my goals despite hardships. I will not allow the system to conquer me,” Buju told media reporters.
Buju Banton’s 1995 album, ‘Til Shiloh, is regarded by critics as one of Reggae’s finest projects. It contains the songs such as “Shiloh,” “Untold Stories,” “Murderer” and “Not An Easy Road.” The album heard the Reggae artist taking a more spiritual direction and finding Rastafari.
The 1997 follow-up, Inna Heights, followed a similar route. Germain, who has also produced hits by Buju compatriots, Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths and Wayne Wonder, notes that because Buju has an “excellent catalog”, his music is still fresh.
“Yuh still hear his songs at every stage show an’ dance. The people love him an’ that doesn’t hurt.” Germain expressed.
Buju Banton, who turned 44 on last July, won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2011 with Before The Dawn.