Buju Banton’s song “It’s not an easy road” rings in the minds of is fans both in Jamaica and aboard. But looking at the situation he is in, one could say that he is singing his own song to himself today.
It has not been an easy road for Buju Banton over the pass two years. Buju Banton one of Jamaica’s greatest reggae artiste was busted by an informant working under cover for the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2009. Since then, Buju Banton has been on trial for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and the possession of a fire arm.
After the long wait, Judge James Moody read the verdict on June 23, 2011. Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years in a United States federal prison for his conviction for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. Even though Buju Banton is now in prison, only he can tell the real untold story to a number of his fans around the world but his mistakes cost him consequences.
Ten years in prison is a very long time for a musician and artiste. The great stage shows will be missed and he will be missing the greatest reggae show on earth “Reggae Sumfest”. One would wonder and ask these questions; “What will Buju Banton be doing while he is locked away in prison? Will he be able to create some unique musical single like Jah Cure?
Well all will have to wait and see. In ten years time more reggae artiste will be on the local and international seen and so he has a lot of work to do to keep up to date with the music industry. The true is, after ten years he will have to do a lot of work to maintain his reggae status in Jamaica and the rest of the world.
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Buju Banton was born Mark Anthony Myrie on July 15, 1973, at Salt Lane in Kingston. He started his musical career during the late 1980s and attracts the attention of many Jamaican’s with his deep voice and unique performance style. During the 1990s Buju Banton’s musical career started to grew rapidly with the release of many great singles.
Some of his hits in the 1990s were;
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Article by: Carlinton Singh