The Buju Banton Controversy over Bob Marley
Buju Banton is being criticized over statements made at the launch of his new album Rasta Got Soul at the Undercroft, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, about Bob Marley’s prominence on the Jamaican Reggae scene.
While acknowledging the good in Marley’s music, he makes the argument that Marley is the most promoted artiste in Jamaica and as such, the work of other artistes is not given the chance to be fully appreciated by the international audience.
Buju Banton said: "I want Jamaican music to be seen not through the pretext of some man that died 20 years ago, but as a pretext of a living being, working earnestly. If man cannot do what others have done in these times we might as well die…You know they say that the greatest musician in Jamaica is Bob Marley. I don't believe that, because we have greater musicians to come. Bob was the most promoted, and well promoted and we have to appreciate that because its our culture but don't kill our culture with one living one. Enough is Enough."
Members and some participants on this (Rastafari Speaks) forum have made the argument about how Bob Marley and his music got promoted over other artists who in the opinion of some were as good as or even better than Marley. Of course, these views are subjective, but Marley has had the unfair advantage of being more liked because of colour and his non-threatening lyrical content.
Even Buju Banton has remarked, "I am talented in your estimation, but if I did brown I would be more talented. I know who I am in this society."
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