MoPhobe ALERT: Protest Hatemonger Buju Banton’s US Tour

buju bantonBy 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.

Jacksonville, FL
Buju
Show Date: October 29, 2009
Show Time: 8:00 PM
Cost: $30
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

Tampa, FL
Buju Banton & Wayne Wonder
Show Date:Friday, October 30, 2009
Show Time: 8:00 PM
Venue Location: The Ritz, Ybor City
(813) 247-2555
Email: okesene@theritzybor.com
Website: http://www.theritzybor.com

Miami, FL
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
http://www.jlkc.com/
Lorenzo Muniz, General Manager
lmuniz@jlkc.com
(305) 416-5974

Orlando, FL
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
http://www.hardrock.com/LIVE2/live.asp

Hamish Dodds, President and Chief
Executive Officer
407.445.7625
customer_care@hardrock.com
Special Events
(non-food/beverage, music related)
Phone: 407-351-7625 x3022
Email: Colleen_Flynn@hardrock.com

Universal Orlando Guest Services
Main Number: 407-224-4233
http://www.universalorlando.com/citywalk.html

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

 
Find updates at Pride Tampa Bay.

8 responses to “MoPhobe ALERT: Protest Hatemonger Buju Banton’s US Tour

  1. Much Thanks to Coto Report for Posting out Take Action Alert.

    UPDATE: The Ritz Ybor Cancels Homophobe Raggae Singers Concert

    I’m so very pleased to announce that Buju Banton Rasta Got Soul Tour will not be performing at The Ritz Ybor.

    Sources at The Ritz Ybor has confirmed that Buju Banton’s concert is “OFFICIALLY CANCELED”. The voice of hate and promoting killing gay men has been silenced in yet another city. I couldn’t be more proud that Tampa will be added to the list of cities that the Buju Banton is not welcome.

    My sincere and heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to our friends at The Ritz Ybor. As well as to each and everyone of you who spoke out against hate, your voices were heard.

    This is a big win for Tampa, however, we must continue our fight to keep the Buju Banton Rasta Got Soul Tour out of Florida. Let us continue to contact the other promoters in Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando. I’ve been in contact with the Hard Rock, they refuse to listen to voice of reason against hate or even consider canceling their concert. Let them know this is unacceptable to you.

    Please, make that call and send that email today..

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”. – Margaret Mead

    In Peace Pride & Full Equality
    Zeke

    R. Zeke Fread
    Director Pride Tampa Bay

  2. I wish to show up tomorrow night and protest his concert. Please fill me in what I’m to do.

    • make a sign… protesters will be there; you’ll find them.

    • For Immediate Release
      October 29, 2009
      Contact
      R. Zeke Fread
      Director Pride Tampa Bay
      pridetb@verizon.net
      Website: http://PrideTB.homestead.com
      813-251-0693 (Primary Contact Number)
      813-367-6791 (Cell)

      TAKE ACTION ALERT: Call/Email The Cuban Club Tampa, Ybor City Demand They Cancel Buju Banton’s Concert

      There is some good news, your tireless efforts in calling and emailing the powers that be at Jannus Landing, succeeded once again and Buju Banton’s concert scheduled to take place there has been canceled.. The bad news is his handlers has found a new venue for him to perform his homophobic murder music. Banton is now scheduled to perform at the Cuban Club Tampa, in Ybor City, tomorrow night October 30th.

      I’d ask that you call and email messages demanding Buju’s concert be canceled at the Cuban Club Tampa.

      But, please when you call the box office, be courteous to Jocelyn, she agrees with us about Banton and Mr. Robert Valdez, Sr., Manager of the Cuban Club Tampa will receive all your messages.

      I just spoke to Mr. Valdez, he was kind enough to return my call while on lay over in DC, returning from New York. He was unaware and shocked to learn about Buju’s gay murder music lyrics. He wanted to make it clear to you that he, nor does the Cuban Club Tampa, promote such hate speech directed at GLBT’s or any members of the community. They are a proud member of the Gaybor Business District Coalition, the work Mark and Carrie have done to make bring Ybor back to an all inclusive and welcoming city. Mr. Valdez will contact the Cuban Club Tampa board of directors, inform them of Buju’s anti-gay reputation.and investigate the liability to the Cuban Club for canceling Buju’s concert on such short notice. He assured me he will do his best to see if it’s feasible to cancel the concert. He was very sincere, understanding and supportive of our efforts. He will contact me as soon as a decision is made and I’ll relay this information to you. In the event the concert will go on, we should be prepared to hold a protest outside the Cuban Club, to be a visible presence against Buju Banton and his anti-gay murder music. A seperate email on the details organizing a protest will follow later today.

      That said, please keep the calls and emails going. This can only serve to help give Mr. Valdez strong feedback from the community to assist him in convincing the board, that canceling Buju’s concert is the right thing to do for Ybor and the community.

      Much thanks to Mark Bias and Carrie West, Gaybor Business District Coalition, for supplying me with Robert’s personal contact information. This allowed me to speak to Mr. Valdez and to plead our case before the concert took place.

      Contact Information
      Cuban Club Tampa
      2010 N Avenue Republica De Cba
      Tampa, FL 33605-3653
      http://www.cubanclub.org

      Box Office (813) 248-2954
      Email: cubanclubtampa@verizon.net

      In Peace Pride & Full Equality
      Zeke

  3. I’ll be in contact with the Manager and President of The Cuban Club Tampa first thing tomorrow. Should I not be able to convince then to do what’s right and cancel Buju’s concert. Then we will hold a protest outsie the Cuban Club Friday Night. I’ll update you as to whether they cancel the concert or we will be protesting. Please be prepared to portest just in case the concert goes on as planned.

    Thanks to all who had their voices heard by phone or email, know, your efforts are much appreciated.

    In Peace, Pride, Full Equality & No 2 Gay Murder Music
    Zeke

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