Buju Banton

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Birthday
15, 1973
Birthplace
Jamaica
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
15, 1973 (age 45)
Birthplace
Jamaica

About

Reggae musician known for his steady two-decade career before arrests for drug distribution and gun possession landed him a prison sentence. One day before his trial in 2011, his album Before the Dawn took the honor for Best Reggae Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards.

Before Fame

He found his stage name when he was given the nickname "Buju," a name given to chubby babies. He further used "Banton," a word for storyteller and inspired by his hero Burro Banton.

Trivia

One of his most popular songs "Boom Bye Bye" gained attention in 2009 for it's controversial anti-gay lyrics--despite the song having been released in 1992.

Family Life

He was born Mark Anthony Myrie in Salt Lane, Kingston. His mother was a street vendor and his father was a laborer. He has fifteen children and has bought homes in both Jamaica and Tamarac, Florida.

Associated With

His album Unchained Spirit featured artists like Stephen Marley and Tim Armstrong.