“Eight years, six months, 27 days, five hours and 26 seconds”. That is the length of time legendary Reggae icon Buju Banton recollected of his incarceration at the McRae Correctional Institution while on stage at the Long Walk to Freedom concert on March 16, 2019.

Buju Banton held what was arguably one of the biggest stage shows ever in the history of Jamaica, as he performed for the first time ever since 2011. The lengthy concert boasted fellow icons Cocoa Tea — who invited young Reggae prodigy Koffee on stage — Wayne Wonder, Beres Hammond, and Marcia Griffiths. Also notably featured were Agent Sasco, Etana, Ghost, LUST, Chris Martin, Chronixx and Romain Virgo.

For over 90 minutes, Buju performed in front of a packed crowd, which was estimated to be in excess of 35,000 people.  The ‘Gargamel’ silenced whispers about his ability to perform with a distinctive energetic performance that hit all the right notes with fans. It was a performance that journeyed from reverence to an announcement of his return to fun and ended with a signal of the continuation of his walk which renders him worthy of his iconic status in the music industry.

The Long Walk to Freedom concert provided a huge economic boost from an epic night in Jamaica’s musical history. The stadium was packed with people travelling from locations across the world. Hotels, airlines, car rental agencies, food establishments, and attractions received a boost from the influx of visitors attending the show.