The crowd at the National Stadium the moment Buju came onstage.
This is the Buju review I was waiting for. From Patricia Meschino again, this time for Billboard. Masterful writing.
The Buju concert reviews are rolling in, starting with Patricia Meschino for the Daily Beast. She has covered Jamaica’s music scene for decades.
A review by my friend Erin of Koffee’s new EP. Koffee is an amazing new artist who can navigate between dancehall and reggae, as Erin says.
A nicely written, if a PR win for the government, article on Jamaica in the English edition of Harper’s Bazaar.
At the last minute, I decided to attend Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom concert. We got bleacher tickets and the view was surprisingly good. The sound not so much. It even conked out for poor Buju’s set. His entrance was a spiritual experience, I think, for the entire 35,000 people there. His voice is still on point- his energy, though…I’m sure many years in prison will change you. For someone who has been listening to Buju since I was a teenager, it was goosebumps all night. That’s the thing about him- somehow there’s a spiritual element that connects with people. Even someone who grew up in another so very different world. The actual staging of the event was also well done, given how many anticipating people there were in one space. I am grateful I was there.
The Long Walk to Freedom concert is upon us. It happens at the National Stadium on Saturday night. Check out a piece Erin MacLeod and I did awhile ago for the Guardian.
Kingston is high on the list, unfortunately. Read the story here. Mexican cities top the list.