Is Buju performing at Rebel Salute?

Sunday, January 06, 2019

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Will ace deejay Buju Banton perform at the 2019 staging of Rebel Salute?

The answer to that question was left wide open at the recent launch of the 26-year-old reggae festival by promoter and artiste Tony Rebel. He told the audience inside the Grand Ballroom of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew, that anything is possible, but he is willing to give the deejay some space. Buju Banton was recently released from a US prison after serving a 10-year sentence for drug-related charges.

“All things are possible... Donovan Germain (Buju's long-time collaborator) is in the house and everybody who come here tonight is asking; 'Buju is on the Show?' But let me tell you something. If a man go to prison for over three thousand and odd days and him forward, allow him to be an astronaut... Why? Him need space. Give him that. So we a do dat. You never know. He's always invited, Germain knows that. And all things are possible,” noted Tony Rebel.

Rebel Salute 2019 returns to the expansive Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann from January 18 to 19 and the signature long list of acts was announced for the two-day festival.

Heading the list of acts performing on the festival are African artistes: Nigerian Afrobeat act Patoranking, Ugandan artiste and politician Bobi Wine. Also among those making it on the roster are Michael Rose, The Wailers, The Wailing Soul, Dawn Penn, Wayne Marshall, Marcia Aitken, Anthony Malvo, Wayne Wonder, Cat Coore, Luciano, Perfect, Capleton, Leroy Gibbons, Terri Ganzie, Chezidek, The Mighty Diamonds, Koffee, Mr Easy, Jahbouks, Anu Brian Gold, Bushman, Queen Ifrica, Leroy Smart, Chalice, Yellowman, Agent Sasco, Horace Andy, Half Pint, Ken Boothe, Mr Vegas, Nesbeth, Turbulence, Louie Culture, Echo Minott, Jesse Royal, and Rodney Pryce (aka Bounty Killer).

Tony Rebel noted that more acts will be announced in the days leading up to the festival.

— Richard Johnson

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