Buju Banton back in the US; says ‘God is great’

Veteran dancehall and reggae entertainer Buju Banton has returned to the United States after almost four years away.

“God is amazing,” a smiling Banton declared to his fans as he laughed with producer DJ Khaled in what could be described as a joyful moment for the two.

The artist, born Mark Myrie, confirmed his return to Miami in an Instagram live video shared by Khaled, expressing his gratitude for his return to the US.

The Jamaican said Khaled was the first person he had to visit when he returned to US soil as a free man.

Banton’s return marks a major milestone in his career, following his release from federal prison in December 2019 after serving a prison sentence on a cocaine conviction.

Longtime friend and collaborator Khaled welcomed Buju Banton back to Miami, saying, “I haven’t seen my brother (Banton) here in Miami in about 15 years… I’m so blessed.”

Khaled reflected on their journey together and highlighted the impact Banton had on his own musical evolution.

“You have been my brother from day one… I love you and I appreciate what you have done in my career from day one… This is history,” Khaled said.

For his part, Banton expressed his gratitude to his fans and supporters in the US.

“I want to send lots of love to all my fans in the other states… The Gargamel is back,” Banton said with a big smile.

He reaffirmed his commitment to his craft and his audience.

“It’s been a long time since I haven’t seen you (my fans), it’s been a long time since my feet (not) walked on this side. Nothing before then and now it’s time, so let’s keep the music going let’s get the atmosphere going, let’s pick ourselves up, and let’s remember who we are and let’s get alive,” Banton said.

Buju Banton on board what appears to be a private jet.

Since his release from prison in the US, Banton has signed with Island Records/Roc Nation and released two albums, ‘Upside Down 2020’ and ‘Born For Greatness’.

However, his return to the US seems bittersweet as he recently lost his son Miles Myrie, who passed away at the age of 20.

Banton’s return to the US marks a new chapter in his career, and fans seem to be eagerly awaiting his next move.

On his own Instagram page, he posted several photos, one of which showed him reading a book on what appeared to be a private jet.

The entertainer was seen in another photo sharing a moment in what appeared to be a studio with Khaled.

“The road was long. There were many journeys, but the journey of… 1,000 miles begins with a single step. Miami, si mi ya,” the entertainer wrote.

Among those celebrating Banton’s return to the US was opposition leader Mark Golding, who is also in Miami this weekend.

“The time is coming,” Golding wrote.

Wrote entertainer Bounty Killer: “Long live di king”.

Reggae singer Gramps Morgan said: “So grateful”.