CONTRARY to media reports, Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination (B-GLAD) said it has no issue with Buju Banton performing in that Caribbean island, according to the Jamaica Observer.
“No one is denouncing Buju. I, like many other Caribbean activists and people have moved on and are looking forward to seeing Buju in concert here in Barbados,” Donnya Piggott, B-GLAD’s executive director, told the Jamaica Observer Monday.
Buju Banton is scheduled to perform at the Barbados Reggae Festival at Kensington Oval on April 27.
Several Jamaican and Barbados media entities had reported that B-GLAD was calling on the Jamaican deejay to denounce his 1993 anti-gay song Boom Bye Bye.
Piggott said those reports are far from the truth, the Observer reported.
“Essentially just like Buju, we’re moving on from Boom Bye Bye,” the newspaper quoted the the executive director as saying.
Piggot said while the lyrics to the song are harsh, the artiste has been influential throughout the region with many positive hits, the publication said.
She added that Boom Bye Bye was written more than two decades ago when Buju was a teenager and does not define him today, according to the Observer.