Buju, a no-show for sea of fans
Asea of supporters, many armed with cellphones to capture the moment, converged at the exit of the arrival section at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston last night.
They came out in their numbers to welcome home deported deejay Buju Banton. The entertainer had served an eight-year sentence for drugs in the United States.
Arriving passengers and Red Cap porters had difficulty making their way through the crowd, which grew with every passing minute.
“We want Buju! We want Buju!” they chanted in anticipation.
Uniformed policemen were quick to the scene to prevent any incidents, but the crowd was not the unruly type.
Kerry-ann Henclewood, who had positioned close to the exit with phone in hand, professed her love for the deejay.
“I’ve been here from about 7:30 this evening... and I want to see ‘The Gargamel’. I’m a big fan of Buju and there’s a sea of people waiting to see Buju as well. We’re all fans of Buju,” she told the Jamaica Observer.
Natalie White of Harbour View expressed similar sentiments for the deejay.
“I have known Buju personally for 27 years and his songs have been an inspiration in my life. I had some rough times in foreign and his album, Til Shiloh, that carry me through. And from ever since, anywhere him a perform me deh deh,” she said.
Hopes were soon dashed when the crowd heard that Buju Banton had left via the cargo exit.
The real winners, however, were airport staffers, who got the prized pictures of the deejay’s walk through the various security checkpoints. The crowd quickly dissipated. “Mi love him same way. Buju, big up yuh damn self!” White added.