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No prison recordings for BUJU BANTON

Mark Myrie, better known as reggae singer BUJU BANTON, will be prevented from recording any new material if he is sent to a US federal prison when he is sentenced in Florida tomorrow.

Chris Burke, a public affairs specialist at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington DC, told the Jamaica Gleaner that federal prison guidelines bar inmates from conducting "business activities" while they are incarcerated.

Burke did confirmed that a number of federal prisons have music programmes that include instruments which inmates are allowed to play, but stressed that recording equipment is banned.

There is also a questionmark around whether Myrie will have to cut off his dreadlocks, however, US prisons do not “normally” require inmates to do so.

He will also be allowed to practice his Rastafarian beliefs under strict supervision.

Myrie was convicted in February on three of four federal drug and gun charges in the US Middle District Court in Tampa, and is currently facing 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced.

Earlier this month his legal team, led by attorney Oscar David Markus, filed documents asking for a reduced sentence.

It also contained letters from Danny Glover, STEPHEN MARLEY, Etan Thomas and several of Myrie’s 15 children asking for the court's leniency.

BUJU BANTON’s most recent album, Before The Dawn, was released in 2010 and his latest single, “Don’t Worry”, came out last week on Ghetto Youth International's Jah Army Riddim.

BANTON has completed some tracks for a new album co-produced with BLACKER DREAD and is expected to put it out in 2012 on Gargamel Music.