Mark Anthony Myrie, professionally known by his stage name Buju Banton and Gargamel, is a Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist. He is widely considered one of the most significant and well-regarded artists in Jamaican music.
Starting his career in 1987, Buju rose to prominence in 1992 when his couple of albums, “Stamina Daddy” and “Mr. Mention” became the best-selling albums in the Jamaican history. Buju’s work includes dance and pop songs while some of his songs also cover sociopolitical topics.
On Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Buju won Best Reggae Act award at the Virtual Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards in London England. The MOBO Awards (Music of Black Origin, also known as the MOBOs) are an annual music award presentation honouring achievements in “music of black origin”, including hip hop, grime, R&B, soul, reggae, jazz, gospel, and African music. It was streamed live on the MOBO awards YouTube channel and later aired on BBC One.
Since being nominated in 1996 and 2000, it was Buju first win in 2020 and third nomination. Buju showed gratitude to MOBO Awards Committee but most of all thanked everyone who has supported him and ask for their continuous support.
With a superb return to the music charts Buju attained a huge win with his album entitled Upside Down 2020 and has sold 10,000 copies thus far. Since the release of Upside Down 2020 album in June via Gargamel Music /Roc Nation which was ranked at number two on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and number one on US Current Reggae Album chart.