Buju, a no-show for sea of fans

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - BY BRIAN BONITTO

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.

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