Buju Banton. Photo Wikipedia
By Sue-Ann Wayow
JAMAICAN reggae singer Buju Banton is calling for the stop to mask wearing in his native country.
Mask wearing is one of the measures Jamaica has implemented to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The reggae singer in a video posted on Instagram with the caption “Free My People Now” lashed out at the government for implementing the protocol claiming that it will not prevent a person from contracting the virus adding that the virus that is wreaking havoc across the world, has a mind of its own.
Speaking in an explicitly laden Jamaican dialect in the videos posted on Wednesday, Banton ranted, “Well someone sight I and ask I if everything alright. I tell the bredrin ‘No; everything nuh alright and everything can’t alright. We want done with this mask wearing f*** inna Jamaica. Who fi dead ago dead and who nah go dead haffi just live.’”
He said, “We tired ah you intellectual fools trying to tell us how to live our lives. If you’re so smart why you haven’t found the cure to cancer? You all both touting a line and putting the Jamaican people in abject fear and driving us all to poverty. What you have done for all those who laid off and make their business close early? Jamaican people need to wake up and mi done with the f***, Jamaican people need to wake up! Mi nah wear no mask. Mask nuh mek fi man.”
“So hear dis… dem a f*** with the people dem. free me people. Free my people now.”
In another video, Banton whose given name is Mark Myrie said, “They taught you to love Michael Jackson and then they taught you to hate Michael Jackson. They taught you to love Bill Cosby. Don’t you see they have been lying to us for all this time? So why should we believe them now?”
And in a third video, he expressed his love for the Jamaican people.
“My love for you supersedes all that this world has to offer. I will not try and be like other entertainers and trick you. I will not lead you down a path of destruction. I have always been sincere and true to you my people. A lot of people are benefitting by touting and pushing my people down that path that is totally destructive here in Jamaica, here in America. I don’t care my life is not mine; never been! So hear mi my people, while I am here with you, stand up enuh.”