My destination is homeward bound, though forces try hold I down. Breaking chains has become the norm. I know I must get through no matter what a gwan.” -Buju Banton “Destiny”
These poignant lines from Buju Banton’s Grammy-nominated album ‘Inna Heights’, have taken on added significance as the artiste born Mark Myrie seeks to rule his own destiny, yesterday he took a giant step forward in that journey.
After serving seven years behind bars following a problematic trial and controversial conviction, the Jamaican-born artiste has at last completed his Long Walk To Freedom. On Friday, December 7th Mark Myrie was released from prison-one day early-and accepted voluntarily deportation back to his island homeland of Jamaica.
Buju Banton was filled with anticipation Friday evening over the simple things so many of us take for granted in our day-to-day lives. When asked the first thing he was looking forward to when you return home, the Banton’s response was: “A clean glass of water to flow through my system.”
The entertainer’s Delta flight from Atlanta Georgia arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston shortly after 8:00pm due to a 20 minute delay.
“Ah Buju wi seh!,” the coward chanted as the “Wanna Be Loved” singer walked off the plane.
Shortly after social media was flooded with photos of the Gargamel and airport officials. He was then escorted by law enforcement officers to his residence off Red Hills Road in St Andrew where he greeted fans.