Veteran Jamaican deejay Buju Banton is continuing his mission to empower Jamaican youth at the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Manchester, this time by gifting them new musical instruments, courtesy of the Buju Banton Foundation and music streaming platform, Audiomack.
In a release, the Grammy-award-winning artist thanked Audiomack for the donation, which he said would go towards empowering disenfranchised boys in the state system, especially since many of them have dreams of becoming great musicians.
“Thanks to Audiomack for partnering with the Buju Banton Foundation in gifting Mount Olivet Boys’ Home with musical instruments-5pc drum set, keyboard/keyboard stand, saxophone, guitar. Many of the boys, at the facility, have big dreams of becoming great musicians.”
The instruments were handed over on April 14 to the director of the Boys’ Home, Paul Newman, with Rosemary Duncan, Director of the Buju Banton Foundation, and Buju Banton present.
Newman said the Boy’s Home was grateful for the support of the Foundation and Audiomack.
“The Buju Banton Foundation is proof that each person can make their contribution to provide an invaluable service to all those who need a nurturing hand to blossom. For too long, we have been ambivalent in our approach to nurturing, protecting and directing our boys, by giving just lip service. The results are what we are reaping today; mayhem, destruction and heartlessness,” he began. “However, the Buju Banton Foundation has gone above lip service and is providing hope to the hopeless and a sense of direction to the lost. Long may you continue this God blessed Foundation, which is surely needed to help give our boys who are seeking a second chance. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring; but I have a good feeling,” he added.
The donation, which is worth U$5,000, builds on previous efforts to support children in Jamaican state care. Back in November, the Gargamel donated computers to the Sunbeam Children’s Home and Mount Olivet Boys Home.