Buju Banton
Buju Banton

Buju Banton

About Buju Banton

Mark Anthony Myrie was nicknamed Buju (“chubby child”) by his mother, and he took the surname Banton as an homage to dancehall reggae deejay Burro Banton.

∙ Local audiences first knew him as Gargamel—his stage name when he began toasting at age 12.
∙ In 1992, he not only released the best-selling album in Jamaican history, Mr. Mention, but he also charted the most No. 1 singles in one year—an honor previously held by Bob Marley & The Wailers.
∙ After he embraced Rastafarianism in the mid-’90s, his lyrics took a turn toward spirituality and social activism.
∙ A musical ambassador, Banton has worked with a wide range of artists, including John Legend, Rancid, and Malian singer-songwriter Salif Keita.
∙ His 10th studio LP, Before the Dawn, won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2011.
∙ In 2019, he became the first solo artist to sell out Jamaica’s 35,000-capacity National Stadium since Bob Marley did it in 1978.

  • HOMETOWN
    Kingston, Jamaica
  • BORN
    July 15, 1973