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Buju Banton

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Biography

Buju Banton (born Mark Myrie 1973) is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae singer. He was born in a slum near Kingston, Jamaica called Salt Lane. "Buju" is a nickname which is of Breadfruit. The name is ironic in light of Mark Myrie's slim frame and large head, but it is, nevertheless, the nickname his mother gave him as a child. "Banton" is a Jamaican word referring to someone with a superior attitude and a gift with speech, but it was also the name of a local artist Burro Banton that Buju admired as a child. It was Burro's rough gravelly vocals that Buju emulated and ultimately made his own. Buju's mother was a higgler, or street vendor while his father worked as a labourer at a tile factory. He was one of fifteen children born into a family which was directly descended from the Maroons, a group of escaped slaves who proudly fought off the British colonialists.

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Top Songs

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  1.  
    Lyrics
    Murderer
    Blood is on your shoulders
    Kill I today you cannot kill I tomorrow
    Murder
    Your insides must be hollow
    Murderer  -  186,923 plays
  2.  
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    Me want to walk like a champion
    Talk like a champion
    What a piece of body gal
    Tell me where you get it from
    Knock 'pon your entrance
    Champion  -  178,263 plays
  3.  
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    Only Rasta can liberate the people
    Over hills and valleys too
    Don't let them fool you
    Don't believe for a minute that they are with you
    Jah free the people
    Hills And Valleys  -  136,371 plays
  4.  
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    World is in trouble
    Anytime Buju Banton come
    Batty bwoy get up an run
    At gunshot me head back
    Hear I tell him now crew
    Boom Bye Bye  -  90,117 plays
  5.  
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    While I'm Living
    Thanks I'll Be Giving
    To the Most High You know,
    Chorus:
    I am living while I am living to the father I will pray
    Untold Stories  -  90,430 plays
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