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BUJU BANTON prison sentence reduced

Jamaican reggae artist BUJU BANTON, real name Mark Myrie, has had his 10-year prison sentence reduced.

According to the Jamaica Gleaner, the US Federal Bureau of Prisons has taken two months off the sentence with a release date now set for 8 December 2018.


BUJU BANTON juror guilty of misconduct

Terri Wright, a juror in the trial of BUJU BANTON [real name Mark Myrie], has been found guilty of contempt of court for researching the case outside of court.

US district judge James S Moody Jr sentenced her to five months of probation and 40 hours community service. The judge also ordered her to research and write a report about the cost of the six-day trial.


BUJU BANTON avoids firearms charge

Imprisoned Jamaican musician BUJU BANTON, real name Mark Myrie, has done a deal with US prosecutors that eliminates a firearms charge and could free him in less than four years.


BUJU BANTON asks for early prison release

Convicted Jamaican artist BUJU BANTON has asked for early release from prison following a change in federal drug sentencing guidelines.

The singer, who is serving a 10-year sentence for a cocaine distribution conspiracy conviction, filed a motion asking to be released early under the change that reduces sentencing guidelines for most drug offences and can be applied retroactively.


BUJU BANTON gets new appeal hearing

Reggae artist BUJU BANTON, real name Mark Myrie, has been granted a new hearing in his latest appeal.

The Jamaican's lawyer said a US federal appeals court in Atlanta had agreed to hear oral arguments on the case.

The singer is currently serving 10 years in jail after being convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine and drug trafficking offences in 2011. In 2012 an appeals panel upheld the convictions.


Judge ‘tosses’ BUJU BANTON gun conviction

A US federal judge has “tossed” a 2011 gun conviction against BUJU BANTON after concluding that a juror carried out independent research during the Jamaican singer's trial.


BUJU BANTON gets new court date in June

Mark Myrie, better known as Jamaican reggae artist BUJU BANTON, will return to court on 26 June before US district judge James Moody.

Myrie will appear along with Terri Wright, the juror who is alleged to have violated court orders during the performer’s February 2011 drugs trial.


‘Nothing suspicious’ found on BUJU BANTON juror's computer

Experts searched juror Terri Wright's computer to find out if she read up on BUJU BANTON while hearing his 2011 drug case, but found nothing suspicious.

As reported by the Tampa Bay Times the experts found a trail of 1.6 million internet history records, however none pertained to the time frame under scrutiny - dates that included the trial and the two weeks that followed.


New spin on BUJU BANTON misconduct case

The 'juror misconduct' hearing involving Jamaican musician BUJU BANTON, real name Mark Myrie, resumed in Florida this week and took a new twist.

A juror who sat on the 2011 drug trial where Myrie was convicted, testified that the reported misconduct by foreman Teri Wright was discussed in the jury room.

Judge James Moody will now have to ascertain whether the deejay was unfairly tried after Wright reportedly breached orders.


BUJU BANTON case: Judge orders probe into juror misconduct

Imprisoned reggae artist BUJU BANTON, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has started off the year with renewed hope in his ongoing battle for freedom.

Judge James Moody has ordered US Marshalls to expand their probe into alleged misconduct by juror Teri Wright. He also indicated that he will be probing other jurors involved in the case.


BUJU BANTON awaits ruling on mistrial request

A Florida juror who voted to convict Mark Myrie, better known as BUJU BANTON, on drug charges has denied improperly researching the case during trial, despite a newspaper's report that quoted her as saying that she did.


Edward Seaga selects Origins Of Jamaican Music tracks

Former Jamaican Prime Minister (1980-89) Edward Seaga has picked out 100 songs for Origins of Jamaican Music which will be released via VP Records.

The four-CD box set will be launched with a promotion tour in late October and officially released on 6 November.

The set includes:


Reggae Gold 2012 out now

VP Records and Greensleeves Records have released the 20th edition of the annual reggae compilation Reggae Gold as a special two-disc set including new and old hits from SEAN PAUL, POPCAAN, KONSHENS, BUSY SIGNAL and DAMIAN MARLEY.


BUJU BANTON ‘heartbroken’ over court ruling

Jamaican reggae artist BUJU BANTON is reportedly “heartbroken” over the decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to uphold his conviction and 10-year sentence on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges.


BUJU BANTON’s lawyer hits back at US government

David Oscar Markus, the lawyer of BUJU BANTON, has responded to the US government's request to have the courts ignore the reggae artist’s appeal against his drugs conviction.

Last month Markus filed an appeal saying that the state had failed to bring enough evidence to convict the Jamiacan singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie.


BUJU BANTON appeals drug conviction

Attorney David Markus has filed an appeal on behalf of Jamaican artist BUJU BANTON against his US federal drug conviction.

The appeal was put forward yesterday (16 December) and claims that there was not enough evidence to prove BANTON, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was involved in a cocaine conspiracy.


‘Junglists Are You Ready?’ - new jungle mix available

London-based DJ and producer RICHIE BLOOD has put out a brand new mix called ‘Junglists Are You Ready?

It features a wide range of artists, including ANTHONY B, BUJU BANTON, MAVADO, TOP CAT, SMILEY CULTURE and UK vibes from SKINNYMAN.

You can download it here.


Official release date set for BUJU BANTON

The US Federal Bureau of Prisons has confirmed that Jamaican reggae artist BUJU BANTON will be released in February 2019.

The official release date puts an end to rumours that BUJU, whose real name is Mark Myrie, would only serve six years due to time already served along with good behaviour.

The February 2019 date includes the time the singer served in prison prior to and between his two trials within the last year.


STEPHEN MARLEY reveals European tour dates

Jamaican-American musician STEPHEN MARLEY has announced a string of European tour dates in support of his latest studio album.

The “Revelation” gaunt starts on 4 August in France, and will see him perform at festivals in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Poland, winding up in Holland on 20 August.


BUJU BANTON & DELLY RANX team up on new single

Jamaican musicians BUJU BANTON and DELLY RANX have teamed up on an upcoming single entitled “Thunder Roll”.

The Pure Music Productions track will be released shortly and will be available on all major digital outlets.

Here’s a preview of the track: