Buju Banton to Perform in the U.S. for the First Time in 14 Years at UBS Arena

Reggae icon Buju Banton is set to grace the stage in the United States for the first time in 14 years.

The celebrated artist, whose real name is Mark Myrie, will headline the Long Walk to Freedom concert on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at the UBS Arena in New York.

Tickets for this highly anticipated event will be available to the general public starting Friday, May 31. Fans eager to secure their spot can take advantage of pre-sale tickets, which will be released on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Banton made headlines by reentering the United States for the first time since his 2009 arrest in Florida.


He was apprehended on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, leading to a 10-year prison sentence.

Banton served his time at the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia and was released in December 2018.

Following his release, he was deported to Jamaica, where he was greeted by thousands of fans during his Long Walk to Freedom concert at the National Stadium in March 2019.

The legalities surrounding Banton’s return to the U.S. had been a topic of much speculation. Legal experts suggested that due to his deportation, he would only be permitted entry on a temporary work visa, excluding options such as visitor or non-immigrant visas.

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