International Dancehall and Reggae artiste, Jamaican-born Buju Banton, was by far the most popular act during the staging of the 21st Edition of the annual World Creole Music Festival (WCMF).
Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, performed on Saturday 26th October at Windsor Park Sports Stadium to hundreds of fans who still remembered his old hits like ‘Destiny’, ‘Close one Yesterday’, ‘Not an easy road’ and ‘Cry no More’.
Buju has captivated the interest of the younger generation and even the older folks too.
A noticeable and impressive aspect of his presentation was the incorporation of madras in his outfit.
However, there were some concerns about the arrangements which governed his performance – not necessarily with the fans, but with some media organizations.
Buju did not allow any media interviews following his performance. Coupled with that, his security was so tight that the press/media had to vacate the press pit after he performed his first three songs.’
Some journalists were not happy about that but were told that they had to respect the security measures associated with the artist.
Meantime, Director of Tourism and Chief Executive Officer of Discover Dominica Authority Colin Piper, told Dominica News Online (DNO) that Buju’s tight security was part of the agreement.
“Certain artistes have certain criteria, so as part of their agreement to perform, you either accept those criteria or you don’t,” he explained.
According to Piper, the arrangement was not specific to Dominica.
“When I looked at the documents, they are not specific to the World Creole Music Festival, they are specific to Buju Banton as an artiste and entertainer and certain terms and conditions they asked the organizers to meet as part of their willingness to perform,” he explained.
He said further that all artistes have conditions, as it relates to, “what hotel they stay in, what their accommodations is.”
Other artistes who performed on night 2 of the festival were the Extasy Band, Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann, Zouk all Stars, Gordon Henderson, Mel, Princess Lover, Eric Virgal, Oswald, Ophelia, Linford John and Triple Kay.