By R. Zeke Fread
Buju Banton, the anti-gay Jamaican dance hall, ragga, and reggae singer, whose song “Boom Bye Bye” advocates killing gay men with submachine guns and by pouring acid on them, is touring in four Florida cities, as part of his Rasta Got Soul Tour.
Below is contact info for venues and promoters. I’ve included information on dates, times, venue locations and contact information for tour promoters.
Please contact them and express your outrage that they are promoting this hateful tour. I invite you to join the groups leading the movement to “Cancel Buju Banton Rasta Got Soul Tour 2009. Wetpaint: http://cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com/?mail=1129 and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=124784767349 to be kept in the loop on any actions planned for Florida and/or other States. With time being crucial, our best course of action at this time, is to contact and pressure promoters to cancel Florida’s venues. I’ll keep you updates as well as to any upcoming actions planned to take place in Florida.
According to the Minnesota Independent: “In 2004, Buju Banton was investigated over the beatings of six gay men in Jamaica’s capital city of Kingston; he was acquitted in 2006 for lack of evidence. Human rights activists pointed out at the time that Jamaican authorities tend not to handle such cases aggressively.”
From reading many news articles about Jamaica, it’s no secret to me it has a reputation for being ant-gay and police turn a blind eye to gay bashing and even murders. As far as I’m concerned, keep their homophobic performers in Jamaica, they have no place performing in the USA.
There’s some good news, after pressure by GLBT and anti-hate groups, they succeeded in getting promoters to cancel Buju Banton venues in Salt Lake City, Columbus Ohio and Minneapolis. Add to this, promoters AEG and Live Nation canceled six of his shows due to outrage from LGBT groups in Chicago and Los Angeles. Richmond, Virginia achieved a victory by getting the Buju Banton moved, which was scheduled to take place on the very same day as the 25th Anniversary of the Virginia Pride Festival. While the show hasn’t yet been canceled, where the show has been moved to has not been announced.
Let us work together to add Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami and Orlando to this list. Below the list of Florida venue info, you’ll find a link to a video of Buju performing his song “Boom Bye Bye.” It’s difficult to understand him, except when he clearly says “There is no end to the war between me and faggots!” so included is the English translation and explanation of the lyrics.
Show Date: October 29, 2009
Show Time: 8:00 PM
Venue Location: Plush 845 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211-9224
Website: http://plushjax.com/leopard/index.htm (To Send Message: Click “Contact Us” for Online Message Form)
Tom Fisher, Marketing Director (904) 743-1845
Buju Banton & Wayne Wonder
Show Date:Friday, October 30, 2009
Show Time: 8:00 PM
Venue Location: The Ritz, Ybor City
Raggae Bash 2009
Performing: Buju Banton, Beenie Man & Wayne Wonder!
Show Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Show Time: 7:00 PM
Venue Location: James L. Knight Center
Lorenzo Muniz, General Manager
MR. C.C Presents RASTA GOT SOUL TOUR
BUJU BANTON & FRIENDS:
Show Date: November 1, 2009
Show Time: 7:30 p.m
Venue Location: Hard Rock Live, Universal CityWalk
Cost: $35-$45 advance, $42-$55 day of show
Hamish Dodds, President and Chief
(non-food/beverage, music related)
Phone: 407-351-7625 x3022
Universal Orlando Guest Services
Main Number: 407-224-4233
VIDEO BUJU BANTON FIRE BURN BATTY (3:35)
Buju Banton’s management claims he no longer sings, “Boom Bye Bye”. This video link proves otherwise. In this version, Banton declares, “There is no end to the war between me and faggots!”. (@ 2:22). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46PASiOjdP4.
Lyrics of Buju Banton’s Boom Bye Bye
[Jamaican patois, with standard English translation and explanation below]
Boom Bye Bye
Boom [as in gun sound] goodbye, goodbye
[as in we won’t be seeing you again, you’re dead]
Inna batty bwoy head
In a queer’s head
Rude bwoy no promote no nasty man
Rude boys don’t promote no queer men
Dem haffi dead
They have to die
Send fi di matic an
Send for the automatic [gun] and
Di Uzi instead
The Uzi instead
Shoot dem no come if we shot dem
Shoot them, don’t come if we shoot them
[as in don’t come to help them]
Guy come near we
If a man comes near me
Then his skin must peel
Then his skin must peel
[as in pour acid over him]
Burn him up bad like an old tyre wheel
Burn him up badly, like you would burn an old tyre wheel