‘Man is a king’: controversial star Buju Banton comes home to Jamaica

Having served seven years in a US prison on drugs charges, Banton is returning to a hero’s welcome – though to many he’s still notorious for a song inciting the murder of gay people

The most eagerly awaited arrival in Jamaica since Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie touched down in April 1966 might just be this weekend’s return of Mark Myrie, better known as Buju Banton.

Myrie, perhaps the most famous Jamaican artist whose name isn’t Marley, has served seven years in a US prison after being found guilty of intent to deal more than 5kg of cocaine. On 8 December, the gravelly voiced rastafari artist will be put on a plane in Florida and flown to Kingston to a nation that has been eagerly awaiting this moment.

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