The Buju Consensus

By Nicosia Smith
Dreadlock flying in all directions, feet that move to the language of the drums and hip gyrations that make you swoon.

Buju Banton, dancehall icon, is back, full stop.
Now has Mark Myrie aka Buju Banton tours the Caribbean on his ‘I am Legend – Long Walk to Freedom’ series, there are a lot of satisfied patrons especially the ladies.
A Buju wave is sweeping us up – a continuous, sweeping emotional one, drawing us from all over the globe to the Caribbean.
For years I have not followed dancehall music and have kept to dancehall and reggae classics. Which to me are more meaning full and uplifting.
So seeing the return of Buju to the stage is really an exhale, for me, and I remain hopefully optimistic that dancehall will have a positive turn.

There are so many youths that lean on what dancehall preach and the music is grooming generations to come. And the current fruits of that grooming for me, to a large extent, leaves much to be desired.
Now as a female, Buju is bringing ‘sexy back’ in a beautiful way. Not many men can wine fully clothed with so much sex appeal.

Coupled with conscious lyrics and thought provoking messages.

Now Buju is sporting a shaped gray patch beard and yes, the unmistaken balding and professor like specs(worn offstage mostly), which only adds to his appeal.

Thank you Mr Myrie for your gentleman approach. Reggae has always showcased fashion and style that is unparalleled, Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown come to mind. Now the only difference I can immediately think of is that while Isaacs and Brown, largely remain in their three piece suits, Mr Myrie, sheds his. That is tie, west cut and jacket, sometimes after the first notes. As the music takes him over, the clothing it seems becomes an obstacle to the very spiritual experience he is having on stage.
“Right now I am enjoying this Caribbean tour so much and following it with jubilation. I surf the internet for the live streams of his tour. So far this ‘I am Legend’ tour that began March 16 in Jamaica has made stops in Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago (concert was held in Trinidad) and Barbados and in Suriname. On May 11 it is Grenada and May 25 Guyana; June 15, it is Tortola, BVI and June 29, Basseterre, St. Kitts among European dates. Caribbean governments have certainly seen an influx of Buju visitors.
Myrie was release a day early on December 7 from the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia after eight years, six months, 27 days, 13 hours, 5 minutes, 26 seconds from drug conspiracy charges, as he told the over 30,000 at the Jamaica concert leaning on the shoulders of his pal Wayne Wonder.
Mentioning that there was no tear on his rectum, no sexual abuse, thank the lord.
We love you Buju.


Sky Weaver

“The weavings from nature are often made directly after the subject in the open sky…” Charlotte Schroeder

By Nicosia Smith

It’s weaving fit for royalty and believe it or not, the close spaces of an airplane seat is sometimes where the magic gets started.
While most travelers just want to get to where they are going, for Danish International Weaver Charlotte Schroeder it is more like a journey into her creative zone.



Charlotte Schroeder (Nicosia Smith photo)


Schroeder told me that as she prepares to travel she would grab a bunch of colors for weaving and basically see what happens.
For the last 50 years Schroeder has done tapestry, patterns, portraits, landscapes and church textiles large and small. But it is her miniature pieces that’s a perfect fit to work on – when she travels. The sizes she sometimes begins during a flight are between 8 to 9.9 centimeters. ‘They do not take up much room, it’s like a small plastic bag’, she told me, describing the little space she uses. While Schroeder uses drawings to create her intricate weaves she said, “on the plane I just start.”
It’s very satisfying working in the air, she told me.
“The time kind of fly,” she said; as one can imagine.
For example, traveling from Copenhagen to New York is around eight hours and for about four hours she would weave. But even on shorter trips around Europe like to France, Italy and Spain, she also weaves.
While her work speak for itself, James Elkind of Lost City Arts at 18 Cooper Square, New York, New York told me in the world of good tapestry artist – Continue reading