Gargamel Music Blasts Back!

The Gargamel Music Family is saddened by the vehement persecution of international Reggae star, Buju Banton, by gay activists. The LA Gay & Lesbian Center and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) spent tens of thousands of dollars to take out a full page ad in Variety — solely to blast Banton’s well-deserved Grammy nomination for his acclaimed album Rasta Got Soul (Gargamel Music) — when those resources could have been better spent lending a helping hand to our suffering Haitian brothers and sisters.

Buju Deserves This GrammyIn the form of an open letter to Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, who stands by the nomination, the ad makes the sensational claim that Buju Banton has “promoted the murder of gay people throughout his career” despite the fact that his overwhelmingly positive music catalog proves otherwise. Predictably, they cite the twenty-year-old “anti-buggery missive “Boom Bye Bye,” without ever contextualizing that the song was written by a 15-year-old Buju in response to a widely reported man-boy rape case back in Jamaica.

Replete with misinformation, the letter curiously goes on to say that Buju Banton’s classic hit single “Batty Rider” glorifies the shooting of gay men — even though the song is actually about the popular skin-tight short-shorts young women wore to the clubs back in the ’90s.

Buju_RGS_CoverThe 2010 Grammy nod for Rasta Got Soul is Buju Banton’s fourth. The artist was previously acknowledged by the Recording Academy for his albums Too Bad (2007) Friends for Life (2004) and Inna Heights (1999). Since its release in April 2009, Rasta Got Soul has received rave reviews from such prestigious media outlets as BillboardExclaim!Hip-Hop Weekly and All Music Guide, who called the album an “instant classic.” A documentary-style video for the new single “Optimistic Soul” will premiere in Jamaica soon.


Filed under Buju Banton & The Grammys, Buju Banton General, Buju Banton Media Watch, Buju Banton Music

28 responses to “Gargamel Music Blasts Back!


  2. JUDAH

    this is positivness if you do not think in that manner you do not need to be on this humanitation fight..because we dread means serious biz…Revelation21v7-8……abominable means poulluted by the Earth,s abominations …..rastafari powers of the trinity …so if you need something to do go attack the abominations of the Earth and Leave our brother and his homeland out of your mouth..because fari do not deal in the white powder …..powers of the trinity

  3. Empress Lioness


    Jamaica Reggae Music (JRM), Buju Banton (B/B) and the homosexual conspiracy? is an article that I have written, and it is proving rather difficult for journals to put that in print! The conclusion that I have arrived at for the vague responses, to the JRM, B/B and the homosexual conspiracy article, is because, people are either afraid of the homosexual lobby, or they just do not want to talk about the issue of sodomy and the Black community, and people of Afrikan heritage not wanting to support sodomites. That is 1 of the main reasons why I like B/B so much, even at any early age he rejected sodomy. The homosexual extremists, who refuse to allow us the right to say NO! to sodomites, are aggressive in their campaign to target anyone that does not agree with their sodomite life style, and do respect B/B as a RASTA MAN. RASTAFARI! cannot agree with homosexuality or promote sodomy! Anyway, stay strong Buju and remember to keep H.I.M and Empress Menen in your Spirit for they are your Strength and Courage at this time. Blessed Love. Empress Lioness. London, England. 23-2-2010

  4. I Love buju bonton i pray that in light of what the world in each of us will hear or see its not personal its only his belive of what he was tought to love and to be in the light of Jah rasta for I just like any one who is of a driffent race creed or color belive is free of expression is the way of life some my not agree to what buju bonton says but understand what is his is freedom of speech in the laws we preach let freedom ring for buju peace and teaching of the Jah rasta for I In his Life All over the World despite what happen he might have a price pay that remains to be seen but he is a man of his own a will stand up for his rights but i think he earned his keep in his music a hard worker!!! it not a easy road been blessed been touch i love Jah so much his gold was music and i think it still is grammy nomniee and he stands as a Star who light will shine again . like Bob Marley there is no hiding place from the father of creation one love1!!! Buju fan !!!! have Faith only felt not seen

  5. Hello I when of France, g deja put a comment on the blog but me sui not very good in English; thus I fai call(appeal) has the translation it is for his(her,its) who(which) risk of having errors;
    For a long time I am in the reggae and I n manage not to understand(include) this affair(business) he(it) really has many thing(matter) which(who) are not coerante I have the impression(printing) to relive the history(story) of jah cure.j’ have lubeaucoup of article, him(it) tell no fact similar. I to esper wholeheartedly whom he(it) is going to take(bring) out fast because he(it) has tellment of talents and thing(matter) has to learn us there will be a pionner of the reggae jamaicain it is on and when he(it) is going to take(bring) out attention because my opinion(notice) has these next sounds are very very going to hurt I vou assure(insure) I pens hardly has you buju keeps(guards) hope bless jah rastafary

  6. AllTruth1

    The song Batty Rider is about the extremely short and skin-tight shorts that some women wear to the dancehall in Jamaica.

    So, when Buju Banton said in “Batty Rider” that [they must want the DJ to commit murder], it’s just a man saying that he was so sexually aroused by those sexy females wearing the batty rider that they must want him to murder himself because he was so aroused seeing them in their sexy shorts. His lyrical proclamation is equivalent to an American saying, “you’re killing me, baby with your sexy self.”

    Furthermore, to date, in 2010, Buju Banton has written only one song with anti-gay content and that’s “Boom Bye Bye” which he wrote at 15 years old as an emotional reaction to an adult man raping a boy in Jamaica.

    [SAME COMMENT posted by: AllTruth1, 02/18/2010 at 10:30 AM on]


  7. all i can do is hope and pray for the best for you my brother ,you are a positive influence to many:god always test his people and i honestly think thats what happening now…..this situation hurts it feels like family;love and support 4ever …JAH ONE….BLESSED!!!!

  8. cee jay

    Tell dutty babylon gwaan free the rastaman.the rastaman is ah righteous man. dem setup buju but mek dem know we nah go stop blaze de fyah pon dem.Buju jus gwaan hold the faith and chant Til Shiloh cause JAH iz the Driver of your Destiny.JAH guide and protect THE I.One Love.Selah

  9. LiveLife

    Free up the general! I think the Gargamel camp needs to start investigating a suit against some of these malicious people for defamation of character.

    There’s obviously someone feeding these mindless sheep misinformation simply to increase their endless obsession of creating a scapegoat for their cause.

    How far will they go and who will be next for them to attack? Let’s not wait to find out!

  10. MalcolmXtra

    Keep ya head up Buju.

  11. all this talk about Buju being anti-gay or advocating violence against gay/lesbian people seems to only point to Boom Bye Bye as the supporting evidence… 1 song in a career that has spanned 20+ years?!? and as pointed out by many others already, that 1 song was written when Buju was 15 years old!
    come on people, engage your brains and don’t buy into propaganda. if you don’t listen to his music then don’t presume to know the man; and if you say he’s anti-gay then highlight all the evidence (in his music, speech etc) that shows that since Boom Bye Bye he has continued to advocate violence against gay/lesbian people.

  12. Empress Lioness

    RASTAFARI! A friend of mine who knows I am a Buju Banton Fan, kindly gave me this information, and I am so pleased, that I have nowobtained a good web site that can keep me informed of what is happening with Buju! I likewise shall continue to work for Buju Liberty. Stay strong Buju, and remember that H.I.M. and Empress Menen, are true and merciful. Blessed Love. Empress Lioness 5-2-2010.

  13. Michelle

    STAY STRONG BUJU, WE ARE PROUD TO BE JAMAICANS…….and you will overcome.

  14. Buju hold your head high and stay strong, I have been a fan since the early nineties and I will forever be one no matter what the outcome, the authorities looking for a scapegoat that’s all.

  15. Listen to his music then talk…..songs like “Inner Heights”, “Destiny” “African Pride” “Cry No More””Wanna Be Loved” “Untold Stories” “Hills and Valleys” ” Not an Easy Road” “Bedtime story” “Optimistic Soul” “Hush Baby Hush” “Make You Mine” “Till I’m Laid To Rest” “Murder” “Our Father In Zion” “Love sponge” “Small Axe” “Too Bad” “Better Day coming” even “Driver A” all AWESOME songs!!!
    Come one….doh bring down the man for one song he wrote in response to an event in his community….

  16. aj

    ,. i think you are taking this thing personal,when you said you jamaican, you are talking to the world,we jamaican are people who work hard to achive .what you have said in your coment,do you think you are saying anything better than what buju said in is song, there are some people who like to act as if they are without sin,but if night should turn to day, we would realise that this world is so perfect, but we are not. one thing, we jamaican will always be a proud nation,one love buju,and be strong, we are praying for you.

  17. Buju is the best thing right now, hoping that he will soon be a free man. The U.S. people are just trying to break him, but all this will do to the Gargamel is make him stronger than who he is. Guilty or not, he will continue to my artist, I am a crazy fan of his and will remain that way, do or die. The almighty will is there for you Buju so look to him, he is your higher heights.

  18. keep up the good work buju and free him this man wrote the song when he was 15 what were they doing when they were 15 im sure some wrong anyway if we look at what buju has put out since then tell me this man dont deserve more than a grammy if this was frank sinartra or one of them next artist would have just passed long time leave our reggae artist alone buju 2 da worlddddddddddddddd

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