International Reggae Icon Buju Banton To Headline 20th Anniversary Of UCLA’s Prestigious Jazz And Reggae Festival Monday, May 29th, 2006

– Memorial Day Bash Marks Artist’s Long-Awaited Return to Los Angeles Stage –

(New York, NY/Kingston, JA – 4, May 2006) Gargamel Music, Inc. is extremely ecstatic to announce that international Reggae star Buju Banton aka Gargamel will headline UCLA’s 20th Anniversary Jazz and Reggae Festival to be held Memorial Day Weekend at the sprawling Intramural Field on the UCLA campus. The prestigious two-day festival features some of the most talented names in both Jazz and Reggae, and attracts over 30,000 fans each year.

The Jazz lineup on Sunday, May 28th includes such greats as Dianne Reeves, Floetry, Gerald Wilson and His Big Band Orchestra, Kenny Burrell and Donnie. Monday, May 29th boasts Jamaican music sensations Assassin, Bushman, Macka Diamond, Tami Chynn, and of course, the legendary Buju Banton who will close out the festivities with his energetic blend of dancehall and roots Reggae.
“We are especially excited that Buju Banton will be headlining our 20th UCLA Jazz-Reggae Festival,” says Todd Hawkins, Executive Producer of the annual event. “This year’s festival theme is ‘For the Love of Music’ and Buju has proven that what he does is because of his love of music. It has been a while since LA has seen Buju and we are thrilled to be bringing him back to sunny southern California, and more importantly, to one of the premiere venues for live music on the West Coast.”

Banton has just placed the finishing touches on his first pure dancehall collection in over a decade. The album, entitled Too Bad, is presently scheduled for release later this summer on his own Gargamel Music label. He is expected to perform classic songs from his extensive catalog as well as new tunes from the highly anticipated forthcoming project at the UCLA show.

Fans can also catch Buju Banton on Sunday May 28th at the Memorial Fest in Miami; Sunday June 4th at the Westchester Reggae Fest in White Plains, New York; Saturday July 1st at the Festival of Life In Chicago; Sunday July 23rd at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay; Saturday August 5th at Reggae Sunsplash in St. Ann’s, Jamaica.

Interested in booking Buju Banton? Contact Sir Donovan Germain at 876.968.1222 or via email at [email protected]