Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Buju calls for improved relations as Commissioner joins him on stage

Buju Banton called on relations between Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica to improve as he and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith buried the hatchet on Sunday night. 

The public display took place at the I Am Legend concert at the Queen's Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain following a private meeting between the two men on Saturday night after Banton's hotel room was searched by police.

Banton invited the CoP on stage during his performance. 

"Buju Banton, I will take a line from your song, how could you ever think, Trinidad and Tobago, don't ever doubt we are your friends," he said as they shook hands.

"And from GG to BB, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica are allies forever," he said.

Banton, real name Mark Myrie, said it is time to push the reset button on relations between the two islands.

"Relations between the two nations must improve. We pressing the reset button," he said. 

Earlier in his performance, Banton reminded the crowd of the incident.

"I have been coming to Trinidad for many years when blacks were in power and when Indians were in power. Who gave the order?" he said.

Banton performed just under two hours, stopping abruptly minutes before midnight when the show was scheduled to end. 

It was his first performance in T&T since 2009 and his third to date since being released from a US federal prison.

 

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