One of Buju Banton’s first wish on his return to the island Friday night was to spend quality time with his family, according to the Grammy award-winning deejay’s producer, manager, mentor, and friend Donovan Germain.
Outside of that Buju — whose return after eight years in a US prison on drug charges electrified his many fans locally and abroad — appears to be holding his future plans close to his chest, at least for the time being.
“We took him to the studio (Penthouse) after his arrival and spent a brief time there before going to his own studio for another brief stop, before he went home to rest,” Germain told the Jamaica Observer, yesterday.
Asked why the artiste was not allowed to walk through the normal exit channel at Norman Manley International Airport so he could meet and greet his fans, who had waited patiently outside the terminal to greet him, Germain felt it was necessary for him to get some rest before he started socialising.
“He felt the crowd was too big, and Buju had already been harassed by the dozens of passengers who travelled home with him, taking full advantage of their luck by taking pictures and videoing him, and asking questions on his way back home,” Germain said.
“I went to pick him up, but on seeing the crowd we went for him in the cargo section, took him out through that exit and took him to the studio,” Germain explained.
“He was in a good mood. He looked well rested and he has actually put on a lot of weight. He used to weigh about 150 pounds; now he is 200 pounds and it is muscles, not fat,” he said, as he recalled the skinny Buju Banton who was turned away by security at Penthouse’s former location at Slipe Road, Cross Roads, so often that they eventually pitied him and gave him the break which started his career.