Photo: Ivan Berrios

Buju Banton is making headlines across the world following the success of his Long Walk To Freedom Concert at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

The Reggae icon pulled almost 40,000 patrons after an almost ten-year hiatus. Shorty after the event, Banton was lauded by the international press including BBC, Source Magazine, The Daily Beast, Hot New HipHop and many more.

“This is history, the energy here is crazy. I’ve never seen anything like this – this is another level of inspiration. He’s at G.O.A.T status, another level. Legendary,” UK Rapper Konan told BBC.

Saturday’s concert officially kicked off Buju Banton’s first concert series since he was released from a United States prison in December where he served time on drug trafficking charges.

The impressive show started with performances from Wayne Marshall, Jahzeil, Delly Ranks, Ghost, LUST, Coco T, Koffee, Etana, Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo and Agent Sasco.

After a set change, Reggae superstar Chronixx set the peace for the man of the moment, Buju Banton who entered the stage through the crowd.

Minutes after 11:00 pm, emcee Elise Kelly welcomed ‘The Gargamel’ to the stage. He appeared clad in full white, Banton’s two-hour set featured special guest appearances from British-Jamaican rapper Stefflon Don, Marcia Griffiths, Breres Hammond, Wanye Wonder and Gramps Morgan.

It was pandemonium inside the National Stadium as Banton performed a slew of his hits including Not an Easy Road, Hills and Valleys, Destiny, Champion, Too Bad, Me & Ounu, Waistline, Driver and Wanna Be Loved.

The night culminated in fireworks as Buju Banton said, “We Love You!” to his fans and well-wishers.