Buju Banton Explains His Feelings On Controversial Hit Song “Boom Bye Bye”
By Claret Adhiambo
Just a few months after Reggae Icon Buju Banton was released from prison, the artist finally opened up about his infamous song Boom Bye Bye.
The song which was released by Buju in the early 90s elicited much criticism from a group of people for openly advocating for the killing of gay people.
The song received condemnation from across the world including his home country Jamaica. It even birthed the movement ‘Stop Murder Music Campaign’ formed by a UK group out of outrage.
The song also led to the cancellation of approximately 28 concerts for Buju across the world.
““I recognize that the song has caused much pain to listeners, as well as to my fans, my family and myself. After all the adversity we’ve been through I am determined to put this song in the past and continue moving forward as an artist and as a man. I affirm once and for all that everyone has the right to live as they so choose. In the words of the great Dennis Brown, ‘Love and hate can never be friends.’ I welcome everyone to my shows in a spirit of peace and love. Please come join me in that same spirit,” he told Urban Islandz.
The song, “Boom bye bye inna batty man head simply means shooting a gay man in the head. In the past.
Banton apparently wrote the song when he was only 15-years-old.
Reports indicate that the song was about a pedophile who was caught molesting young boys in Banton’s neighborhood in Jamaica.
The artist however stopped performing the song in 2007 and has even gone further and removed it from his personal platforms.
“In recent days there has been a great deal of press coverage about the song “Boom Bye Bye” from my past which I long ago stopped performing and removed from any platform that I control or have influence over,” Banton told Urban Islandz. Banton hasn’t performed the song since 2007 but decided to speak out once again about the track.
Buju’s legacy has however been sold with other hit songs like “Action,” “Wanna Be Loved” and “Untold Stories”
Buju is expected to perform in Mombasa Kenya on the 31st of December at the Mombasa Sports Club.