OPEN LETTER TO GOLDENVOICE: BUJU BANTON MUST PLAY!
Paul Tollett President Goldenvoice/AEG 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 501 Los Angeles, California 90210 Tel: (323) 930-5700 Dear Paul Tollett: We the fans of international Reggae icon, Buju Banton, are outraged by your decision to pull the shows from Club Nokia in Los Angeles and the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco! Buju Banton does not perform "murder music" or promote "killing gays." That song "Boom Bye Bye" was written nearly twenty years ago, when Buju was a 15-year-old boy. Despite what the gay lobby would have the world believe -- we the fans know it is not even close to being representative of who the artist is today. A multiple Grammy nominee with an extensive catalog that abounds with positive music, Buju Banton has already proven himself a sustaining talent of extraordinary ability. Just ask the fans, which include celebrities Gwen Stefani, John Legend, Dave Stewart, Johnny Borrell, Sinead O'Conner, Wyclef Jean, Jeremy Piven and Patrick Ewing. We know the real Buju and we will not allow this slanderous 17-year-old campaign against him to continue without making our voices heard! This recent one-sided decision gives activism" a bad name and sets a horrible precedent for the arts in America. Goldenvoice must not forget its long history of standing up for the underdog and uphold its commitment to ALL music lovers. We strongly urge you to reconsider and allow Buju Banton, one of the most important artists of our time, to play the AEG/Goldenvoice venues in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Sincerely, Friends & fans of Buju Banton, the Caribbean community at large, music lovers worldwide!