Friends for Life

Friends for Life

by Buju Banton

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Overview

Friends for Life

For a while, Buju Banton took his Rasta conversion seriously enough to convince even Bob Marley fans that the Gargamel was righteous reggae's new savior. But these days, Buju has left the blood 'n' fire to turbaned DJs like Capleton and Sizzla, content to show that he can rock a party as well as lead the revolution. Friends for Life is a fittingly amiable hodgepodge of tracks pledging Buju's friendship to everyone from hip-hoppers to lovers, rockers to roots radics -- even to ska fans. A number of the friends share the mike with Banton, including Fat Joe on the popular single "Good Times," which also features Beres Hammond; Jamdown diva Nadine Sutherland enlivens the Sly Dunbar track "What Am I Gonna Do?"; dancehall warlord Bounty Killer appears on "Teaser." Along the way, Buju is paired with a choir on the acoustic "All Will Be Fine," takes a bluesy turn on "Pensive Mood," and rides a Don Drummond ska rhythm on "Feeling Groovy." The old Rasta warrior emerges on powerful tracks such as "Up Ye Mighty Race" and his version of the Peter Tosh classic "Mama Africa," two valentines to Buju's roots constituencies. While some of these Friends for Life may prove to be of the fair-weather variety, it's clear that unlike the gun-talking youth he once was, dancehall's Mr. Nice Guy remains focused on hope and positivity.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2003
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0075678363429
catalogNumber: 83634

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Myrie   Primary Artist
Wayne Wonder   Background Vocals
Beres Hammond   Background Vocals
Billy Lawrence   Musician
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Background Vocals
Dalton Browne   Background Vocals,Musician
Chico Chin   Trumpet,Musician
Mikey Chung   Guitar,Musician
Clevie   Musician
Firehouse Crew   Musician
Sly Dunbar   Drums,Musician
Dean Fraser   Guitar,Musician
Marie Twiggi Gittens   Background Vocals
Tony Gold   Background Vocals
Robert Lyn   Keyboards,Musician
Nambo Robinson   Trombone,Musician
S. Stewart   Musician
Nadine Sutherland   Background Vocals
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Musician
Cleevie   Musician
Steelie   Musician
Dalton Brownie   Background Vocals,Musician
Chevelle Franklyn   Background Vocals
Nick Tucker   Background Vocals
Dorette Wisdom   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nicola Tucker   Background Vocals
Frank Burt   Musician
David Cabrera   Guitar
Troyton   Musician
Sheldon Stewart   Musician
Paul "Teetimus" Edmund   Musician
Brian Gold   Background Vocals
Jammy "Jam Two" James   Musician
Jermaine Reid   Musician
Craig Parks   Musician
John Prescod   Musician
Cool & Dre   Musician
Cleeveland Brownie   Background Vocals
Sons & Daughters Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Duke Reid   Composer
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Composer
Dalton Browne   Producer
Von Wayne Charles   Composer
Mikey Chung   Composer
Clevie   Producer,Engineer
Michael "Ibo" Cooper   Engineer
Sly Dunbar   Composer,Producer
Donovan Germain   Producer,Executive Producer
Gregory Gordon   Engineer
Gregory Isaacs   Composer
W. Johnson   Composer
Robert Lyn   Composer
Peter Tosh   Composer
Mark Myrie   Composer,Producer
Steven Stanley   Engineer
S. Stewart   Producer,Engineer
Nadine Sutherland   Composer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Composer,Producer
Cleevie   Producer,Engineer
Steelie   Producer,Engineer
Hugh Beresford Hammond   Composer
Wildchild   Executive Producer
Sound Boy   Engineer
Rodney Price   Composer
Frank Burt   Composer
Michael "Cooley" Cooper   Engineer
Troyton   Engineer
Solgie Hamilton   Engineer
Sheldon Stewart   Engineer
Troy Rami   Composer,Executive Producer
Jammy "Jam Two" James   Producer
Roger McKenzie   Executive Producer
Wesley McKenzie   Executive Producer
Jermaine Reid   Engineer
Jevon Bailey   Engineer
Cool & Dre   Producer,Engineer
Austin Green   Engineer

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