End of the Buju Brouhaha?
I just spoke to Tracy Moody, owner of Studio 7, where Buju Banton’s cancelled/rescheduled show was held last night. According to Moody, there was “no violence, no protesting, nothing at all like that. We have reggae shows here all the time, and honestly, it was the same crowd last night that it always is… If you want the gossip, there it is. There is none.”
Moody did tell me that he asked Banton to sign a statement saying he wouldn’t perform “Boom Bye Bye,” which Banton did sign, without incident (and I suppose now the debate will become, is that censorship? Or was Moody just looking out for the well-being of his employees and patrons, in light of the current climate). At the end of the night, Banton shook Moody’s hand and thanked him for his hospitality.
I’ve yet to hear any reports from actual show-goers. Does this account sound about right?