Reggae ad dancehall artist, Mark Myrie, who is best known in the entertainment world at Buju Banton, on Saturday night, pointed fingers at politicians as he sang to a crowd that seemingly exceeded 10,000 at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain. He was one of the four main acts advertised to perform at Redemption 8.
A musical rebel, much like his predecessor, Bob Marley, Buju has never shied away from using his platform as an artiste, to speak against the oppression of the poor and vulnerable in society. Dressed in a blazer with both his country’s national flag and that of Trinidad and Tobago, the ‘Buried Alive’ singer told young people to make their money, this before he sang his hit, ‘Deportees.’ Amid his performance, he lamented in song, saying, “Tell government we suffering. We are suffering. Tell the leaders we are suffering. Cause we need jobs, my people are suffering , and we need food, my people are suffering. We need justice, my people are suffering. We need equality, my people are suffering,” this before he delivered the chorus of his hit single, “How Could You.”
Buju, Luciano, Anthony B, Beres Hammond and Trinidad and Tobago’s Black Loyalty all entertained fans of reggae ad dancehall music last Saturday, in Trinidad. The event was billed as the concert of the year, and thousands attended, with some being denied entry as a result of fire services’ concerns about overcrowding. On its social media pages today, the organizers of the event have apologized for any inconvenience caused to patrons and have assured that refunds will be given to patrons upon return with tickets to outlets where purchased.