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I was kind of surprised as my last post indicates, I thought things may have gone the other way after the last trial, but the audio and video evidence could not be overcome.
But this does not have to mean the end of his music, he managed to release his grammy award winning album whilst inside. He will have plenty of time to mull over lyrics and melodies, but he probably won’t feel like singing just yet.
I keep looking for the result - but if the jury couldn’t decide last time, things are more hopeful for Buju this time round.
Also, the fact he just won a grammy is a good sign.
The rasta drums must be working their magic, but still could go either way for him yet.
If he gets off, let’s hope it gets him off the drugs, away from cocaine for good.
I do like his music, but haven’t heard the new album. I like this one, Mr Nine about the guns, he sings it so sweet.
When I met him one time, i couldn’t believe how lucid and intelligent he was whilst red eyed from the weed.
Every campaign must have a T-shirt and this is it for Buju Banton.
It’s got his prison number on the front. see more photos here.
Buju Banton’s people say it’s to raise money to pay for his legal defence. Read about why he’s in an American prison in this blog post here.
He’s due back in court in April. For an update click here .
Buju Banton was charged in Miami for trying to buy 5kg of cocaine from an undercover police.
Buju’s attorney is denying the charges on his behalf but Buju is looking at very serious charges indeed. He could get up to 20 years in prison if he gets convicted for trying to deal those drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration in the US, said that Buju was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute the drugs.
The Gleaner reports that he was wearing a beige jail jumpsuit and his dreads were tied back. He’s accused with two other people.
His supporters are calling it a fix – up, details of what happened are up on the LATimes blog. They print some interesting details about how Buju arrived in a car with a “Jah One” license plate and how the negotiations for the cocaine started in a restaurant and more details here on MTV.
I read that Shaggy is holding a concert on Jan 3rd 2009 to raise money for Jamaica’s Bustamante Children’s Hospital. I always considered Shaggy as abit of a useless artist, so hearing this news certainly increases my estimation of him.
There seems to be quite a lot of charity events in the reggae and dancehall world – usually some gala or other going on.
Like Richie Stephens who did this thing with BET to raise money for potential athletes in Jamaica.
Also as i said in my last post, Buju Banton has a charity supporting people with HIV.
I had a quick look arouns to see what Vybz Kartel was doing and found an article from 2007 which says he donated funds to Tredegar All-Age School. I’m sure he probably does a bit more than that. I wish they would publish a list like Forbes rich list which detail how much they give away as a percentage of their overall wealth and to which causes.
Of course the question probably worth asking is, what’s the point? If the government can’t fund education, equip hospitals, maintain law and order, what can Shaggy do about it?
It is being reported how there has been a thirty per cent decrease in the number of new AIDS cases being reported which is certainly good news and reflects the huge work that has gone into raising awareness.
I think that in particular the drive to include dancehall artists and promoters for music events in bringing home this message is a good idea. I went to a concert which which was giving away free condoms and had an information stall and there were artists there too talking on this issue. It is with getting these high profile and influential guys and girls to do something useful with their fame. Buju Banton has his own AIDS charity – I talked to him about this. He told me then how most people don’t know the contribution he makes to help people with the virus. He wrote this song called Willy don’t be silly.
Find out more about Artistes against AIDS here.