Buju Banton Concert 2019, Long Road To Freedom! #LWTF
Courtesy of Jamaica Gleaner. Thousands of Jamaicans from home and abroad flooded into the National Stadium in Kingston for Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom concert, some arriving as early as 2 p.m.
Courtesy of Jamaicans.com. March 16, 2019 marks the date that international music star, Buju Banton filled Jamaica’s National Stadium for one of the largest concerts on the island (allegedly) since Bob Marley’s One Love Peace concert in 1978. People flying into Kingston this weekend hailed from New York to Nigeria and booked out all of Kingston‘s major hotels. The crowd of over 30,000 attendees was met at the stadium gates by packs of the usual salesmen offering bandanas to wave and Buju Banton flags to carry. The police presence at the venue could compare to that of a parade in any metropolitan city. Roads were blocked off to facilitate the traffic and shuttles carried people to the stadium as early as 4pm.
The scene inside was colorful and chaotic as security, staff, and concert-goers tried to find their positions in prep for the show. The lawn was reserved for the VIP and a small section of that was fenced off for the VVIP ticket-holders. By 6pm the bleachers were already peppered with hundreds of people and the sound of plastic horns could be heard from far. DJ Bobby Konders played tunes until the show was ready to start. Many musicians and dancers touched the stage throughout the night. Luminaries such as Marcia Griffiths and Beres Hammond were among them. Here are some of the best moments from Buju Banton’s concert shot by me, Jeana Lindo.