Jamaican reggae icon Buju Banton ran through the full gamut of human emotion during his headline performance at the I Am Legend – The Return concert on Easter Sunday evening at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Sunday 21, April.
Buju, real name Mark Myrie, held little back during a raw and forthright display in front of thousands of local reggae fans. True to its world tour title, his stage show mirrored his personal life experiences along a Long Walk to Freedom.
During the opening sequence to his 90-minute set, questioned the validity of the search of his hotel room asking the massive 25,000 plus audience: “Who gave the order”. He ironically followed the question with his hit song “Close One Yesterday”.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith subsequently visited the singer on Saturday evening and publically apologized for the search saying: “Nothing was found”.
Buju invited Griffith to join him on stage during the concert at the Queens Park Savannah saying: “Mr Commissioner, Tell the people of Trinidad and Tobago that all is well and it ended well.”
Griffith obliged, welcoming visitors from across the world that came to T&T for the show before quoting a line from Buju’s 1992 hit collaboration with Jamaican crooner Beres Hammond “Who Say”.
“Buju Banton I will take a line from your song. How can you ever think, Trinidad and Tobago, don’t ever doubt we are your friends,” Griffith said before shaking hands with the tall dreadlocked performer.
Hundreds of Trinidad and Tobago citizens took to social media to voice displeasure, outrage and embarrassment over the police search. Buju, however, asked his fans to let bygones be bygones.
Banton, real name Mark Myrie, said it is time to push the reset button on relations between the two islands.