Buju Banton Endorses Former Rapper To Become The Prime Minister Of Belize

From one Grammy award winner to the next, Dancehall veteran Buju Banton flew to Belize to pay a special tribute to the Hon. Dr. Moses “Shyne” Barrow, a rapper-turned-politician who is campaigning to become the country’s next Prime Minister.

Following his arrival in the country on Monday, April 11, news correspondent, Jules Vasquez from the 7NewsBelize station asked the entertainer about his support of Barrow in the coming elections, a political move that the “Buried Alive” entertainer is now openly supporting.

We got to get off our asses and get active like the brother is doing inside the region, not only in Belize, but everywhere and be the change that we want to see,” responded Buju.

Furthermore, his last visit to the Caribbean island was 19 years ago when he performed at a concert in 2003, which raised the question of his reason for visiting.

It feels tremendously good to be back in Belize, wonderful. But the reason why we are here in Belize this time is much different from the last time we were here in Belize. This time it’s about supporting the next prime minister of Belize, making sure that the masses know that there is a movement that they need to get behind, because it involved all Belizeans for change”.

Barrow who holds several titles attached to his name such as Opposition Leader of the House of Representatives, writer, performer, publisher, and philanthropist, suffered a similar fate to Buju Banton, real name Mark Anthony Myrie.

Both men were imprisoned for several years and deported for crimes committed in the United States (US).

The next general elections in Belize are scheduled for the year 2025.

Check out more from Buju’s visit in the report below.

The Gargamel who is an active member of the Rastafarian community has been most vocal in speaking against politicians and political issues in Jamaica, therefore, his endorsement of the Hon. Dr. Barrow is quite astounding.


Jamaica’s internationally acclaimed dancehall and reggae artiste, Buju Banton, has urged gang leaders in Belize to put down their guns and join in the efforts to find solutions to the crime and violence situation in the country.

Banton, who arrived in the country as a guest of Opposition Leader, Shyne Barrow, participated in a discussion with several young people from various neighbors that had been convened by Home Affairs Minister, Kareem Musa, for a candid discussion on crime and violence, following the latest upsurge in criminal activities last weekend that left several people dead. “It was a coming together of the young minds who are basically out there needing guidance, hope, trying to understand, seeking to understand from their perspective what’s going on in their minds,” Banton said.

“How do they see themselves being a change and the change that they want to see? How do they see themselves being stakeholders in this great country, as opposed to furthering or fostering part of a ruined nation for this great nation?” the artiste questioned.

Musa said that the fight against crime should be a bipartisan effort and that while “you won’t see the dividends now…I think everybody wants to see answers and solutions now and results now, but this is a work in progress”.

“I would want to characterize this engagement in several ways; one, no doubt it’s not lost on anybody the power and the influence that somebody like Buju Banton can have, especially on the lives of our young men from Belize City. And so, it certainly was a surreal exchange but at the same time a very real and a very raw exchange,” Musa said.

But the opposition shadow national security minister of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte, said he has not been a “big fan of these meetings… because I believe that nothing really comes out of them.”

“But I really wanted to have a say to the influencers today, in the streets, as we believe they are, in the presence of Minister Musa and my party leader, Shyne, that listen, we want to hear some solutions,” Peyrefitte said.

“The presence of a person we all know, Buju Banton, hopefully, that would have gotten their attention, but in the presence of all of them, I let them know, from my perspective, that you cannot negotiate with guns in your hands,” he added.

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