Quick Facts of Mark Anthony Myrie
- Full NameMark Anthony Myrie
- Net Worth$2 Million
- Date of Birth1973 /07 /15
- BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica
- ProfessionMusician, Writer, Producer
- Active Year1987–2011, 2018–present
- SpouseLorna Strachan (former), Nina Atalah (former)
- Height1.88 m
- Weight172 lbs
- Online PresenceInstagram, Twitter, Facebook
The 45-year-old Grammy award winner, Buju Banton is regarded as one of the most prominent artists in the Jamaican music industry. The Jamaican dancehall and Reggae musician, Banton rose to fame after releasing two albums ‘Stamina Daddy’ and ‘Mr. Mention’ in 1992.
In 2009, this legendary Reggae musician was arrested on drug-related charges in the U.S, and after eleven months in captivity, he was granted one night to perform for helping to raise fund for his legal defense. However, in 2011, he was convicted on the same criminal charge and was imprisoned until December 2018 in the U.S. He later returned home to Jamaica.
Buju Banton’s Age, Bio & Early Life
On July 15, 1973, Buju was born as Mark Anthony Myrie, the youngest of 15 children in a very lower class family located in the slums of Western Kingston. Despite their economic depression, the Myrie family were proud descendants of the Maroons, African warriors who escaped slavery and fought for their freedom.
They also established their own promised land in the mountain area of Jamaica. Buju’s father was a laborer; while he used to sing too. Buju’s mother was a street vendor in Coronation Market. Her mother gave him the nickname of Buju.
Buju Banton’s Height & Weight
Born under the zodiac sign of Cancer, Buju Banton has a tall height of 1.88m ( 6 ft 2 in). Likewise, his body weight is around 172 lbs.
How much is Buju Banton’s Net Worth? Earnings
The Jamaican singer, writer, and producer, Buju Banton has an estimated net worth of $2 Million, as of 2019. Before his arrest, Buju toured around the world performing with several artists. He also built up his studio on Red Hills Road in Kingston, Jamaica. Besides, in 2019, Banton launched a new clothing line called EverythingBB.
In 1992 his Stamina Daddy and Mr. mention became the best selling album in Jamaican history upon its release. SThe same years, he broke the record for number one single, previously held by Bob Marley.
He used his music to serve as a voice for the voiceless. Buju established the lend a hand Foundation to help children both in Jamaica and all around the world. Recently, in 2019, Mavado, Buju, and Sizzla collaborated on DJ Khaled‘s new song, Holy Mountain.
Buju Banton’s Married, Wife & Children
At the height of his career, Buju was a sex symbol in Jamaica. Hence, there is no doubt that most of his fans were women. However, Buju himself has married twice but failed to sustain his marriage. Talking about his first wife, Lorna Strachan, she is the mother of Banton’s five children.
Before being his wife, Lorna had one child from another relationship. Lorna and Buju couldn’t relish their marital life and hence divorced with each other.
As mentioned, Buju has altogether five children named; Jodian, Jahazeil, Mark, Shadai, and Jahleel Myrie. As per the available source, Jodian is a politician who ran for the Jamaica Labour party in local government elections in 2016. Similarly, Mark is following his father’s footsteps and works as an artist. Buju’s first wife, Lorna, hailed him as a good father.
Now, Buju also had a second wife, Nina Atalah who left him following his arrest in 2009. There is not much information available about the former couple. Recently in May 2019, Buju once came into the spotlight by posting a picture with a mysterious woman. As per rumors, she might be Banton’s new girlfriend. Banton, however, hasn’t spoken anything on this matter.
Buju Banton’s Career, Award & Controversy
Banton started his career as a youngster. He would often watch his favorite artists perform at outdoor shows and local dancehall. In 1987, his first single, The Ruler was released, which ultimately led to recording sessions with producers such as Patrick Roberts, Bunny Lee, and Winston Riley.
In 1992, he broke Bob Marley’s record for the highest number of #1 singles in a year. Buju’s husky voice dominated the Jamaican airwaves for the year. 1992 also saw the unsanctioned re-release of “Boom Bye Bye,” a controversial
song recorded several years earlier when the artist was 15 years old, which resulted in a backlash that threatened to destroy his career.
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In 2010, his album, Before the Dawn won Best Reggae Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards. However, in 2011, he was convicted on the previous case of drug-related charges and was imprisoned in the U.S. Banton was released on December 7, 2018, from McRae Correctional Institution. As of now, he is back in his music profession and works as a writer, and producer collaborating with new artists.