KINGSTON – The Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston was the centre of all activity — as far as reggae music lovers are concerned — moments ago, as dancehall-turned reggae superstar Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie touched down after spending eight years imprisoned in the United States.
There were was a few false alarms as people ran away leaving their luggage when someone said they had seen the entertainer at the other end of the airport.
As anxious fans waited out front, Buju was whisked away through a side gate. Video emerged showing the entertainer looking very happy, pausing for photos with a fan, as he is escorted through the immigration area.
Myrie, who would have woken up this morning a prisoner inside the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia, was welcomed home like a hero.
Word had spread throughout the day that the reggae singer had been released and would be coming home.
A video started circulating on social media showing what appeared to be the Til Shiloh singer boarding an airplane wearing a white sweater and tam, and sporting a pair of Timberlands. That increased the excitement islandwide and no doubt contributed to the crowd of fans who flocked the airport to welcome him home.