Buju Banton To Play Madison Square Garden May 6th, 2007

-“Driver A” Music Video Debuts On Jumbo Screens Across NYC-

Gargamel Music, Inc. is pleased to announce that international reggae icon Buju Banton will play the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Sunday May 6th at 8:00pm. Billed as a “Pre-Mother’s Day Driver Concert,” the show is being promoted by veteran Caribbean radio personality and entrepreneur Dahved Levy through his Devonish Promotions company, with partners GB God Bless and Don Grant of Harlem’s Roti Plus. Sponsors include Air Jamaica, Moet/Hennessy and CaribbeanFever.com.

“Buju Banton is an exceptional live performer who still has the ability to capture new audiences musically,” says Levy, who together with Grant was the first promoter to bring Banton alongside Beres Hammond to the world famous arena over a decade ago. “Right now he has two songs playing on mainstream radio in New York with ‘Traffic Jam’ and of course, his smash hit ‘Driver A’ from the latest album Too Bad.”
Banton’s long-awaited “Driver A” video, directed by Troy Antonio, actually debuted on three MSG-owned outdoor marquees around the city this past weekend: Madison Square Garden (7th Ave. & 32nd St.), Radio City Music Hall (Ave. of the Americas & 50th St.), and the jumbotron in the middle of Times Square (42nd St.). This abbreviated clip promoting the upcoming Garden show will run for the next five weeks.

Since its release last fall on Banton’s own Gargamel Music label,Too Bad has received praise from a gaggle of prestigious media outlets such as Associated Press, Billboard, The Beat, Jamrock, The LA Times, Riddim, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Chronicle — and it nabbed a 2007 Grammy nod for Best Reggae Album. Last month Banton was nominated for nine International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), including Entertainer of the Year, Recording Artist of the Year, Best Song for “Driver A” and Best Album for Too Bad.

Buju Banton and his Shiloh Band are guaranteed to electrify Madison Square Garden with blazing dancehall cuts from the new album as well as older classics and roots selections from the critically acclaimed collections Mr. Mention, ‘Til Shiloh, Inna Heights, Unchained Spirit and Friends For Life. Tickets for this very special evening are available at all Ticketmaster locations and also online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com

For All Things Buju Banton: www.gargamelmusic.com & www.myspace.com/bujubanton