Buju Banton ‎– Boom Bye Bye

VP Records ‎– SM-004, Shang Muzik ‎– SM-004
Vinyl, 12"


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SHG 10 Buju Banton Boom By By(12") Shang Muzik SHG 10 UK 1992 Sell This Version
RMF 003 Buju Banton Boom Bye Bye(7", Unofficial) Remix Factory RMF 003 Unknown Sell This Version
SHG-4385 Buju Banton Boom By-By(7", RE) Shang Muzik SHG-4385 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
SHG-4385 Buju Banton Boom By-By(7") Shang Muzik SHG-4385 Jamaica 1992 Sell This Version
SHG-4385 Buju Banton Boom By-By(7") Shang Muzik SHG-4385 Jamaica 1992 Sell This Version


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January 28, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Re: To Serpico:
There was never any apologize made by Buju Banton related to this song. It was recorded in 1992 (or 1988 according to Wikipedia) and was always a source of huge controversy (for serious reasons) and acted as a ghost on Buju Banton's career. He was provided numerous occasions to distance himself from a song he claimed penned when he was only a teenager (as an excuse?). Even in recent years, before his arrest in 2009 for cocaine possession, he used the rhythm onstage to provoke LGBT organizations and to heat up his crowd. That song became the Caribbean hymn to violence on gay men and was even rank No.24 on Jamaican Top 100 Most Influencial Songs, a list made by Mutabaruka in 2009. As far as I'm concern, this song is a shame to Jamaican culture and unfortunately has open doors to hundred of violent songs made by dancehall artists in the two decades that followed. Just to give a sense of the social climate that LGBT must face on a daily basis in Jamaica: between February and July 2007, 98 gay men and lesbians were targeted in 43 different mob attacks. Four of them were killed. (source: J-FLAG). Buju Banton wasn't the first Jamaican artist to promote violence towards LGBT in his music. Shabba Ranks did it before him, around 1989.


March 4, 2014
This song is one violent, homophobic tune. The instrumental, however, is a total re-working and completely brilliant. Laid back and mellow, it's an antidote to the A-side. And maybe an apology of sorts, too.