Daddy's boy

Buju's son keeps dream alive

BY KEVIN JACKSON
Observer writer

Sunday, June 17, 2018

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On December 27, 1997, approximately 11 months after the birth of his son Jahazeil, Buju Banton topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart with Inna Heights, his fifth studio album.That year, Banton scored a number of hits including Love Sponge, Politics Time Again and Destiny.

Twenty-one years later, Jahazeil Myrie is looking forward to the release of his father from a United States federal prison. Banton, who has been incarcerated since 2010 for a drug-related crime, will be out in December.

He remains an inspiration to his son.

“I've been around music from I was a youngster, and I used to counteract my father's songs. Then while I was attending high school (Liberty Academy), I used to write songs. My father as well as my brother Markus are my biggest fans and the influence they had on me has been positive,” Myrie said in an interview with the J amaica Observer.

The aspiring singer has enjoyed some momentum in recent months with the song Hold On, which was produced by Delly Ranx on the Cotton Swab rhythm.

“The response to the song has been great. I have fans out there who can relate to the words of the song. Musically, I try to bring across positivity in my songs and things that anyone can easily relate to. Reality and everyday happenings inspire my work,” he said.

Although Markus has been his main producer, Myrie has worked with other producers, including White Gad Records, Jam 2 Records and Louie V Music. His latest single, Push On, is scheduled to be released soon.

With today being Father's Day, Myrie spoke about his relationship with Buju Banton, the father.

“There's a lot to remember about him, but most of all, his dedication to the music and to his family. I haven't spoken to him in a while, and I am looking forward to seeing him,” he stated, adding that doing a song with the 'old man' would be a dream come through.

“Well, I hope to collaborate with him. He has been a big inspiration for me and he told me that my songs are good and that I am to just keep on pushing.”

Myrie's favourite song from his father's extensive catalogue is the 1993 hit Make My Day.

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