Before the Dawn – Buju’s new album released today

Despite his current incarceration, Buju Banton was heavily involved in putting together this latest album, Before The Dawn. From choosing the final track listing and labouring over the phone with the producers and engineers to get the mixes just right, as well as to conceptualising the project’s distinguished packaging, was the level of his involvement. Continue reading

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Buju to get December trial date Bail application to be heard tomorrow

TAMPA, Florida — Reggae star Buju Banton will have to wait until December to know his fate.

United States Judge Tim Moody announced that a new trial will begin in December.

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Banton’s attorney David Markus made an application for bail for his client and was told that the court would receive the application tomorrow.

Banton seemed relieved when the announcement of a new trial date was made.

Jamaica Observer

Jurors evenly split on Buju’s fate

TAMPA, Florida — A jury foreman minutes ago told United States judge Jim Moody that they have not been able to reach a verdict in the drug case involving Jamaican Reggae star Buju Banton. Continue reading

Buju waits for verdict

TAMPA, USA — Jurors will this morning continue deliberations in the closely watched Buju Banton trial following their failure yesterday to reach a verdict after four hours in the jury room.

The jurors retired at approximately 12:40 pm Florida time, after receiving final instructions from Judge Jim Moody, marking the start to an anxious afternoon period for the artiste and his fans. Continue reading

Bounty Killer denied bail for assaulting woman, again…

Memorial Day Weekend 2009

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POPULAR dancehall deejay Rodney Pryce, who is better known by his stage name ‘Bounty Killer’, was yesterday remanded in custody when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court to answer an assault charge.

Pryce, who is accused of beating his girlfriend, was denied bail by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey, despite a plea from his attorney Christopher Townsend that his client was innocent. Continue reading

Day 2 Stephen Marley testifies on Buju Banton’s behalf

Stephen Marley

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TAMPA, Florida — Reggae star Buju Banton denied being a drug dealer when he took the stand during his drug trial in the Gibbons US Court here this afternoon.

Banton said he was “talking crap” during the conversation with Alexander Johnson, the prosecution’s main witness, on a flight they shared from Madrid to Miami. He said the incident has caused him and his family indescribable pain. Continue reading

Day 1 in court for Buju

Buju Banton

TAMPA, USA — THE first day of the cocaine trial of Jamaican reggae superstar ‘Buju Banton’ ended with what the artiste’s lawyers and supporters described as a good day.

The tension in the air during the morning session of the trial at the Gibbons US Court was all gone when court adjourned for the day, some minutes after four yesterday afternoon. Continue reading