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The artist known as Buju Banton was born Mark Anthony Myrie on July 15, 1973 in Salt Lane, a slum outside of Kingston, Jamaica. Buju is the youngest of 15 children. His mother struggled to make ends meet as a street vendor. He was given the nickname "Buju" as a small child because of his chubby appearance. Buju is the Maroon name for breadfruit, which is a round vegetable. He adopted his last name came from a DJ who had a huge influence on him growing up, Burro Banton. Banton is also the name given to a storyteller.
Buju showed interest in music at an early age. By the time he was 13 Buju he was deejaying with local sound systems. In 1986, another local DJ introduced Buju to producer Robert French. Later that year, Buju recorded his first song titled "The Ruler". The two worked together on and off to structure the young artist's sound and style.
By 1990, Buju was coming into his own as an artist. The local music scene began to notice this newcomer. His voice had matured enough and began to draw comparisons to another famous reggae artist, Shabba Ranks. At the time, Shabba Ranks was theKing of  Dancehall, so it was quite a compliment. Buju was now coming into his own as an artist and people were recognizing his appeal. In 1991 he met producer Dave Kelly, who, at the time, was an engineer at Donovan Germain's Penthouse Studio. The meeting of the two led to a song titled "Love Mi Browning". The song became an international hit, but offended a large portion of Jamaica's women. The song talked about light skinned women, of which most of the women in Jamaica are not. Buju quickly recorded another single called "Love Black Woman" to please the rest of the masses.
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So now with a following and a name, Buju released a full album in 1992 called "Mr. Mention". The album broke Bob Marley's record for most number one singles off of on album in Jamaica. A song on the album managed to anger a much larger population this time. The Homophobic anthem "Boom Bye Bye" sparked a huge controversy and gay rights activists actually demanded that the song and the singer be banned. Obviously, Buju was not banned, and he continued to make music. However, he made some changes.
"Voice of Jamaica" was released the following year. This album contained songs titled "Deportee", "Tribal War" and a song about safe sex – "Willy Don't Be Silly". In 1994, Buju and Penthouse Records launched the "Operation Willy" foundation to help children who are affected by AIDS. That same year, Buju released Murderer as a single in Jamaica following the killing of his friends and fellow DJs Pan Head and Dirtsman. His hard work and campaigns paid off. He became immensely popular for his work and social consciousness during 1993 and 1994. He also won numerous international music awards.
Buju seemed a changed man. He placed a lot of emphasis on faith in his music and lyrics. Having put aside his slack ways, in 1995 he produced the classic CD Til Shiloh. His lyrics exhibited a new level of social consciousness coupled with spiritual awareness and love instead of sex. Since the change, Buju has released several discs with the same spiritual connotations. He has managed to transform himself from one of the most controversial artists to one of the more positive ones today.
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