Buju Banton is celebrating his prison release in a major way.
Billboard magazine announced the reggae legend will headline his own concert on March 16, 2019, in Kingston, Jamaica. He’ll perform a 90-minute set with his 10-piece band, and the show is being put on by the Kingston-based Solid Agency and Miami’s Best of the Best Productions.
It’s only been two weeks since Buju was released from a Georgia prison on Dec. 7. In 2011 he was convicted of “conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine.”
Of course, the reggae legend was greeted by a throng of adoring fans when he arrived at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport, and one of his managers spoke about the huge reception.
“The energy and support Buju has received from fans and other artists in Jamaica has been amazing. People are happy he’s home, and he’s excited to return to performing,” promoter Joseph “Joey Budafuco” Louis said. “We are still planning ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’ concert in Kingston, which will only have three or four opening acts because we want Buju to have ample time for his set.”
Louis also told Billboard some of the show’s proceeds will be given to charity, not only in Jamaica but all around the Caribbean.
“A portion of the proceeds from Buju’s Kingston show will go to his foundation and on his Caribbean dates, we will align with nonprofits in each island, with part proceeds going to those [respective] organizations and Lend A Hand.
The Kingston concert will be Buju’s first in seven years.