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"Kill Faggots" Performer Tours Florida- Join Cancel Buju Banton Concert Movement

Filed By Guest Blogger | September 22, 2009 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Entertainment
Tags: Buju Banton, Jamaica, Reggae

Editor's Note: R. Zeke Fread, has been a GLBT Rights Grassroots Activist for past 20 years. The Director of Pride Tampa Bay, Zeke has organized local actions for ImpACT Florida, Join the Impact, Day of Decision, Don't Amend and for many other local and national GLBT Rights Organizations.

GW500H375.jpgAs "Calls to Take Alerts" are issued, our GLBT brothers, sisters and allies are answering the call by the thousands. The reason being, Buju Banton's "Rasta Got Soul Concert Tour " is coming to a cities across the country and our goal is to get all of them canceled. Why are grassroots activists so dedicated and determined to accomplish this? Because Buju Banton is an anti-gay Jamaican singer, whose song "Boom Bye Bye" advocates killing gay men with Uzi submachine guns and by pouring acid on them.

On September 15th, Pride Tampa Bay issued a "CALL TO TAKE ACTION ALERT: HELP STOP FLORIDA CONCERTS OF "KILL GAY MEN" JAMAICAN RAGGAE SINGER". As activist began flooding promoters and venue locations with calls and emails in Florida, I was in direct discussions with management of The Ritz Ybor. I learned they were not aware of Buju Banton's promoting the killing of gay men. Once enlightened about this, they took immediate action by canceling his concert. Days later, in an email from Colleen Fylnn, Special Music Events, she informed me the Hard Rock Live, in Orlando canceled his concert there as well. Florida proudly joins with Cincinnati and Columbus Ohio, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Richmond, Virginia, Salt Lake, Utah.White Plains, New York and promoters AEG and Live Nation who canceled six of his shows due to outrage from LGBT groups in Chicago and Los Angeles..

Concerts are still scheduled to take place in Florida and across the country. Your help is requested- please make that call and send that email today. If you still need convincing Buju Banton's song "Boom Bye Bye" promotes the killing of gay men, besides the fact that he is being investigated over the beatings of six gay men in Jamaica, continue reading below for Florida venue information, as well as video and English translation of lyrics.

Florida Concert Dates & Locations

Jacksonville, FL:
Date: October 29, 2009,
Venue Location: Plush 845 University Blvd N Jacksonville, FL 32211-9224
Phone: (904) 743-1845,
Send Message Via Online Form @, Click "Contact Us".
Tom Fisher, Marketing Director 904-743-1845

Miami, FL: Raggae Bash 2009,
Performing: Buju Banton, Beenie Man & Wayne Wonder,
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009,
Venue Location: James L. Knight Center,
Lorenzo Muniz, General Manager, [email protected], 305-416-5974

Buju Investigated in Beatings of Gay Men

According to the Minnesota Independent,

"In 2004, Buju Banton was investigated over the beatings of six gay men in Jamaica's capital city of Kingston; he was acquitted in 2006 for lack of evidence. Human rights activists pointed out at the time that Jamaican authorities tend not to handle such cases aggressively".

It's no secret Jamaica has a reputation for being ant-gay and police turn a blind eye to anti-gay bashing and even murders. As far as I'm concerned, this homophobic performer should stay in Jamaica, there's no place for such an ant-gay performer in the States.

"Boom Bye Bye" Song- A Call to Violence

Buju Banton's label and handlers, Gargamel Music claim, "Buju Banton was all of 15-years-old when he wrote "Boom Bye Bye" in response to a widely publicized man/boy rape case in Jamaica. It was "not a call to violence". After a quick search of YouTube, I found Buju Banton's Fire Burn Batty Concert Video posted September 2, 2009, he certainly looks a lot older than all of 15-years-old.

Buju Banton's management claims he no longer sings, "Boom Bye Bye". This video link proves otherwise (VIDEO BUJU BANTON FIRE BURN BATTY- Posted September 02, 2009). In this version, Banton declares, "There is no end to the war between me and faggots!"

View the video and listen to the lyrics for yourself. I know it may be difficult to understand him, except when he says, "There is no end to the war between me and faggots!", see lyrics translation below.

Lyrics of Buju Banton's Boom Bye Bye
[Jamaican patois, with standard English translation and explanation]

Boom Bye Bye Boom [as in gun sound] goodbye, goodbye [as in we won't be seeing you again, you're dead]

Inna batty bwoy head
In a queer's head

Rude bwoy no promote no nasty man
Rude boys don't promote no queer men

Dem haffi dead
They have to die

Send fi di matic an
Send for the automatic [gun] and

Di Uzi instead
The Uzi instead

Shoot dem no come if we shot dem
Shoot them, don't come if we shoot them
[as in don't come to help them]

Guy come near we
If a man comes near me

Then his skin must peel
Then his skin must peel
[as in pour acid over him]

Burn him up bad like an old tyre wheel
Burn him up badly, like you would burn an old tyre wheel

Stopping the Spread of Buju's Hate Music

I'd ask that you to join us at "Cancel Buju Banton Rasta Got Soul Tour 2009.

Wetpaint: and Cancel Shows for "Faggots Must Die" Singer Facebook groups. There you'll find updated list of concert schedules, locations, contact information, cancellations and additional information.

Silence = Death.

We must always take a stand and speak out against hate, whether by speech or song lyrics. If such lyrics incites violence against one members of our community, can we afford to remain silent?

Pride Tampa Bay's Action Alert:

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More than likely he is a closet case...probably has a couple of "Boi-Toys" on the side. Homophobics usually have a few "Gay Skeletons" in their closet...*Smile*