Buju Banton is hotter than July! The dancehall- reggae icon has been tapped to open Chicago's 15th Annual African Caribbean International Festival Of Life (www.festivaloflife.com), a five day extravaganza that celebrates the diversity of Chi-Town with music, food, arts and crafts, attracting over 150,000 people from a growing variety of cultures each year.
"Chicago will never ever see another event like this when Buju Banton touches the stage on the 4th of July," promises Ephraim Martin, the Festival's producer. "This show will be the kind of spiritually enriching family event that everyone can appreciate because we're talking about independence through the eyes of Buju Banton. It is not just the talk of the town--it's the talk of the country!"
On July 6th, Buju Banton and his Shiloh Band kick off the highly anticipated Too Bad Canadian Tour in London, Toronto, the first of six dates in the area. This is the first time Banton will tour parts of the country in support of his critically acclaimed Too Bad album, which was released in Canada last October. Gargamel Music artist New Kidz is on deck as the opener. For additional tour dates log on to www.myspace.com/bujubanton
On Friday July 20th, the Banton is back home to headline Evolution Night of the 15th Annual Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest (www.reggaesumfest.com) in Montego Bay Jamaica. Hosted by Elise Kelly of Irie FM, the Evolution Night will also feature a tribute to reggae music legends Frankie Paul, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Admiral Bailey, Gem Myers, Ernie Smith and Pluto Shervington.