It wasn’t exactly the type of performance dancehall/reggae fans were anticipating from ‘the Gargamel’, but it was a fitting one as Grammy-winning artiste Buju Banton oozed encouragement and inspiration during his appearance on BET’s COVID-19 relief concert, Saving Ourselves. Singing his original track ‘ All Will Be Fine’ from his 2013 album, ‘ Friends For Life’, the artiste, given name Mark Myrie, turned in a touching five-minute-long performance, featuring long-time friend and band member Lenky Marsden on piano.
The performance, which was pre-recorded, shows Buju belting out the notes of the powerful track from behind a booth in a recording studio. Describing Jamaica as one of his favourite places on the globe, host Terrence J introduced the Jamaican act, declaring that the song Buju was about to sing would touch hearts. Before Buju got into the singing, he sent love to everyone across the world on behalf of Jamaica.
“This is Buju Banton and I just want to say from Jamaica to the world, we love you. Today’s today, but we also have tomorrow,” he said before getting into the chorus of the song.
“Today you’re down, comes tomorrow. Chances of rising again seem hollow. Doubts may be in your mind, oh give it time and all will be fine,” he sang.
Although not one of his most popular tracks, the message resonated with fans, who took to the comments section on BET’s Instagram to show their appreciation.
“The man is a LEGEND! The perfect message and the perfect voice to be heard in these times,” one user posted.
Jamaicans across the globe flooded the page with the nation’s flag as they beamed about how proud they were to be Jamaican after seeing Buju’s performance.
“Big up the Gargamel everytime for showcasing the best of our little island. You make us proud,” was just one of the comments.
The BET concert also saw performances from the likes of Usher, H.E.R, Jhene Aiko, Alicia Keys, John Legend and Charlie Wilson. The event was held to raise funds to help combat the racial disparities of the coronavirus outbreak.