Reggae Superstar Buju Banton’s First Concert Will Be Held In New York City

Reggae Superstar Buju Banton’s First Concert Will Be Held In New York City

Reggae superstar Buju Banton is set to make his long-awaited return to the stage in the United States after 15 years. Hot 97 recently reported that Buju Banton will be headlining his first live concert in the US, taking place in New York City. The news was shared by a DJ on Instagram, who expressed his excitement for the upcoming event.

According to the DJ's post, Buju Banton's return to America promises to be a sizzling summer affair, regardless of the weather conditions. The post also mentioned Buju's manager and the organizer of the annual Best of the Best concert in Miami, Joey Budafuco, who spilled the beans on the first show location: New York City.

Buju Banton, who was deported from the US in 2018, has a history of successful concerts at New York's iconic Madison Square Garden. In fact, he has headlined several sold-out shows at the renowned venue. Back in 2007, Buju made history by selling out the Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 6th. The event drew in over 5,000 reggae fans, including former New York Knicks player Patrick Ewing.

One notable performance at Madison Square Garden was the "Pre-Mother's Day Driver Concert" in 2008. This concert coincided with the release of Buju's street anthem "Driver A," which depicted the life of a drug boss dispatching marijuana with a courier. Buju was accompanied by his Shiloh Band and even brought dancehall legend Shabba Ranks on stage. The show, produced by Dahved Levy and partners, was a resounding success and also featured Tony Matterhorn and Ding Dong.

Buju Banton's last performance at Madison Square Garden was in 2009, at the WaMu Theater for another Mother's Day event. The Mother's Day Reggae Festival showcased Buju alongside other reggae greats such as Super Cat, Barrington Levy, and a young Tarrus Riley. Although the event was intended to be an annual occurrence, Buju's subsequent album release and tour diverted his focus.

In December 2009, Buju Banton faced legal troubles when he was arrested and charged after being implicated in a sting operation. While on his way back from Madrid, Buju encountered state informant Alex Johnson, who had been paid by the DEA. This encounter led to Buju's arrest and subsequent legal proceedings.

As of now, neither Buju Banton nor his management team have officially confirmed the New York appearance in 2024. However, fans and reggae enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the return of this iconic artist to the American stage.

For more information on Buju Banton and other reggae news, visit Pure Jamaica Media at