In February 2011 Buju Banton stood up to tough competition for Reggae album of the year Grammy against Gregory Isaacs and King Isaac — Isaacs Meets Isaac; Lee “Scratch” Perry — Revelation; Bob Sinclar and Sly and Robbie — Made in Jamaica; Sly and Robbie ‘N’ the Family Taxi— One Pop Reggae; and Andrew Tosh — Legacy: An Acoustic Tribute to Peter Tosh. It was to be a bitter sweet victory as ‘the Banton’ would not be able to collect his trophy as the very next day was the start of his trial which landed him in prison for almost a decade.
After serving his time, Banton walked out of prison in December of last year with a new look on life. Was his Grammy on his mind? Most likely not, as he submerged himself with the love of family and friends which, in real life, was worth so much more. But now, he has the trophy. He is the holder of a brand new shiny old Grammy. What does this mean to the Reggae superstar? It’s a reminder that even in his lowest time, he was being lifted up, celebrated and rewarded for the work he put in.
It’s a reminder to us all, put in the work. Put it in even when your back is on the floor and the room is dark. Success will not come easy and it will most likely not come with lights flashing and sirens blaring. No pun intended!! But when you put in the work, even when you feel like the darkness is too much to handle and you would rather someone turn on the light. Remember, the darkest time of night is, Before the Dawn.
Welcome home Buju.