Buju Banton has recorded Pop and Dance songs, as well as songs dealing with sociopolitical topics. However, Mr. Banton has an international reputation for his anti-gay hit, “Boom Bye Bye”. In the past, the gay community’s protests have led to several of Buju’s US shows being cancelled. Presently, Buju is serving time in a US federal prison on drug conspiracy conviction.
Rumor has it that the anti-homosexual stance taken in Buju’s lyrics is the real reason he is serving a prison sentence. Was he really “framed” for selling drugs?
It is said that a certain sect in the American homosexual community was so outraged by his advocacy for the shooting of homosexuals as heard in his 1992 song “Boom Bye Bye,” that “they” decided to set a drugs trap for him.
In recent years, Buju has even extended an olive branch to the gay community by sitting down to discuss his viewpoint with gay leaders. The San Francisco Weekly reported that Buju explained himself to the activists by saying:
“Let’s face the reality; whatever is said in a positive light can’t get out. I don’t perform the song anymore. The reality is, I’ve gone past that. I don’t advocate violence, Rastafari is not about that.”
Do you believe that Buju Banton was framed by U.S. homosexuals enraged against his song “Boom Bye Bye”?