IT was almost ten years to the day since Mark “Buju Banton” Myrie last performed in Barbados at the Reggae Festival at Farley Hill National Park.
To say a lot has happened in that decade for the 45-year-old dancehall artiste would be an understatement. His fan base has increased exponentially, evidenced by the thousands of old and new fans of all ages who made their way to the Kensington Oval for the Barbados leg of the Long Walk to Freedom Tour, which officially kicked off the 2019 Reggae Festival season on Saturday night. The size of the show made it arguably the largest in the history of Barbados.
The highly-anticipated event was packed with entertainment from around 11 p.m. when Barbados’ very own Buggy Nhakente took to the stage, once again deliver-ing a stellar performance. He was followed by the Mr. Smooth himself, Wayne Wonder. The crowd was treated to a surprise performance by Agent Sasco, formerly Assassin. He was followed by Spragga Benz, who hit the stage and performed several of his hits including Hunting, We Nuh Like, and Movin’ Up the Line. Internationally-acclaimed DJ Puffy took the audience on a journey back in time, testing their knowledge of early dancehall riddims and bringing them forward with newer hits.