Thursday, 3 September 2009

UPDATE: Banton to kick off US tour next week

SOUL REBEL: Buju Banton faces the heat

Apparently, Buju Banton is keeping things moving. According to his musical home, Gargamel Music, the Grammy-nominated reggae and dancehall artiste will kick off the highly-anticipated American leg of his Rasta Got Soul tour on September 12 in Philadelphia.

"We are disappointed by the hasty cancellation of a few shows by Live Nation/House of Blues and Goldenvoice/AEG, but fans will be happy to know we have over 30 confirmed shows that are definitely playing, and we are working to replace the cancelled dates," Gargamel Music said in a release.

Just last week, several concerts promoted by Live Nation and AEG, scheduled to take place in cities across the United States, were cancelled by protests from gay rights groups.

"Now our team is primarily concerned with setting the record straight on the grossly inaccurate portrait of Buju being painted by certain organizations and systematically relayed to the masses and the media. Buju Banton was all of 15-years-old when he wrote "Boom Bye Bye" in response to a widely publicized man/boy rape case in Jamaica. It was not a call to violence. The song was re-released on a popular dancehall rhythm in 1992 and caused a huge uproar after receiving commercial radio play in the States. Following much public debate back then, prominent gay rights leaders - and Buju decidedly moved on. For the record, it is the only song he ever made on the subject - and he does not perform it today."

Banton is currently touring to promote his latest album, Rasta Got Soul, which was released in April.

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