The Government Of Jamaica Will Not Be Celebrating Buju's Return

Buju Banton Shares Message From Prison For His Fans Ahead Of Release

The Jamaican Government will not be organising an event to mark the return of Buju Banton to Jamaica.

Minister of Entertainment and Culture, Olivia Grange, revealed that while the Grammy-winning entertainer’s team will be hosting an event to celebrate his return, the government will not be among the organisers.

“We are aware that Buju Banton and his management team will be having a concert, and the Ministry of Culture may have a presence, but it is nothing that the government will be actively organising,” Grange said.

Earlier this year, Reggae superstar Chronixx called on the government to show their support for Reggae and Dancehall music by staging an event for the “Wanna Be Loved” singer.

“It [Reggae and Dancehall] is the number one export in this country. It’s the only thing that we export all year round. The city of London invite me the city of Kingston neva invite me to do a show yet, enuh. They don’t think it’s worth it to say we are going to put in our budget $20 million for Buju Banton and Sizzla to perform,” the “Likes” singer said.

Buju Banton is currently on the final lap of his 10-year prison sentence for drug trafficking. He is presently being housed at the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia and is listed as inmate number 86700-004. Banton is set to be released next week, on December 8, 2018.

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Buju Banton shares a message for his fans ahead of his release from prison next month.
Buju Banton will be released from prison on December 8, per the official prison site. The reggae/dancehall icon appears to be eager to return to his old life and back to making music. In a statement released on his Instagram page over the weekend, Buju says going forward he will only be associated with his craft, which is being an entertainer.
“In light of the adversity I have encountered, I feel the need to stress that my only desire going forward is peace and love,” Buju Banton wrote. “I only want to be associated with my craft. Having survived, I want to share the good news and strength of my music. I just want to continue making music, which I’ve devoted my life to. I look forward to the opportunity to say a personal thanks to my fans and everyone who supported me.”
Upon his release from a federal prison in three weeks, Buju Banton will be deported to Jamaica. The Grammy-winning reggae singer has a number of upcoming post-prison shows including a major concert in Trinidad and Tobago and a forthcoming tour set for the summer of next year.
Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, served ten years in prison for a 2011 drug trafficking conviction in Florida. The legendary singer lost numerous appeal after he argued that he was unfairly targeted and entrapped in a drug trafficking ring by a paid government informant. Eventually, Buju threw in the towel and decided to serve his full sentence and in return, the judge dropped a gun charge that could’ve added some additional years to his sentence.

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