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I recently read an article in Loop Jamaica, which was written by Karyl Walker, a journalist who is accredited, supposedly, for previously working with two or three renowned media houses in Jamaica.

Mr. Walker’s writing was in criticism and opposition to Member of Parliament and Health Minister, Christopher Tufton, who apparently believes that former convict and famed reggae artiste, Buju Banton, owes the Jamaican people some explanation regarding his arrest, charges and finding of guilt in the United States of America, before being deported back to Jamaica in late 2018.

As much as I am a long-standing fan of Buju Banton and could care less about his explanation, personally, I must disagree with the journalist for defending Buju Banton’s muted stance on the matter surrounding his deportation.

Unfortunately, a celebrity status tends to draw similar attention and responsibility as all other public figures.

Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, rose to fame on the support of people, who bought into the words of his music, whether it was “Boom bye-bye” or “It’s not an easy road”, people were led by the artiste throughout or during one of his two career phases.

In his heydays, Buju Banton sang about subjects such as “Batty Rider”, while leaning toward one area of the Jamaican culture and received full support from Jamaica, for his music, before crossing over to what was viewed as a sign of maturity and growth when he embraced Rastafarian and began portraying himself as a conscious and righteous individual in music.

Buju Banton took on a role as Shepherd, leading a flock out of darkness into a light, his lyrics were enlightenment to the dull and the ignorant as he philosophized, in music, under the light of a noble messenger.

Considering these facts, it is clear, in my opinion, whether Buju Banton owes the Jamaican people an explanation about his incarceration.

Of course, he does. He is a celebrity, he is a public figure, he chose to be a servant to the people.

People wants to know whether or not he was framed and sent to prison, falsely, under the US famed monotonous cycle of locking up innocent people or whether he had misled his fans into believing that he was a truly converted and righteous Rastafarian.

It is clear that if he has deceived the people with his image and music, he faces the loss of his fan base, but of no consolation, Buju Banton would not be the first celebrity to fall from grace, shamefully; either way, in respect of his audience, he should not remain mute on the matter.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2019



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Rapper Solomon Williams aka Mr G Reality of Chicago, Illinois (USA) has teamed up with independent Swiss-based/Italian Music Producer, Giuseppe ‘Cianuro’ Simone of Teste Matte, as Contributors of music to Ian T. Sebàs’ intended biopic from the book SURVIVED Raw and Unedited.

Rapper Williams, after realizing what the book is about, expressed his immediate interest and mirrored relations which are mostly echoed through his music. Williams, who has been doing music for the past 17 years, achievements include three (3) previous albums titled, The Message, One Day, and Reflection of Image; accredited to him is also the mixed-tape, Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace.

Religious praises of Christ (Jesus Christ) can be heard throughout his music, which often time promotes hope of escape from hardships and daily struggles and encouragements of preservation and endurance, all within his music as offerings of strength.

SURVIVED Raw and Unedited, which is a success story of the same spectrum, transpires the same message and faith of Mr. G Reality, and for this reason, the rapper is more than happy to be aboard with his music as a part of the film’s soundtrack.
Music producer Giuseppe ‘Cianuro’ Simone, a long-time friend of the Author, who knew Williams made the connection after reading the book, SURVIVED Raw and Unedited.

“I knew the author on a personal level, but after reading his autobiography, I began to understand him even more, and it was simply those two factors I used to introduced him and Mr. G Reality together; ITS (the author) loves truth, words from the heart, and that is what Mr. G Reality does” says the Swiss-based producer before closing with “The union is perfect, and everyone is happy about it!”

Author Ian T. Sebàs, who planned to be as active as possible in the directing of his biopic says, “I want to hold an executive role in the production of my film, that way the story is not watered-down for one reason or another; the book is real and the emotions can be felt from each page, therefore, the film must be just as or even more effective, considering that it is a motion picture.”

The author, after being questioned about the newly formed relationship with the Chicago-based Rapper commented, “I am already a fan of Mr. G Reality’s music, I became a fan immediately after I listened to his song “We Can Make It”, the lyrics were reflections of my life and I could relate to his words and his tone, plus the video itself gave me goose-bumps; the director of the video, P. Noble, did a great job!”
Ian T. Sebàs commended producer Cianuro for the introduction and also explained the immediate actions and plans for the future.
“Cianuro sent me a link to Mr. G Reality’s music and then I told him that it was ok to make the connection, we chatted on a three-way conference for about two hours, and it was great; I now look forward to working with Solomon and Giuseppe on the soundtrack!”

Sebàs, a Jamaican national, whose story began in Jamaica before transcending to the USA wants both Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall music on the soundtrack along with American RnB and Rap.

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Bob Marley by Hope Sebastian