Busy Signal, 33, was en route to the Jump Festival in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, but was not allowed to transit through Panama by authorities in that country due to his past infractions with the law in the United States, according to the artiste’s manager Gely Gordon.
The artist had a one-hour, 20-minute layover in Panama before connecting on the flight to Colombia.
After disembarking the the plane, the artiste was informed that they would not allow him to transit through their country due to his past situation.
Jamaican authorities allegedly spoke to the people in Panama, but they didn’t change their decision.
Busy Signal was held in the airport and sent back to Jamaica on the next available flight, which was the following day.
Busy Signal wasn’t deported, they just didn’t allow him to transit through their country on his way to the show in Colombia, according to Busy Signal’s manager.
Gordon said efforts were made by the promoters to re-route Busy Signal, but this would have been futile as he would not have got to Bogota in time for the show
In 2012, Busy Signal, whose real name Glendale Gordon, served a six-month prison sentence in Minnesota stemming from drug-related charges against him 10 years prior. He had fled that state before going to trial.
He established himself as an artiste on his return to Jamaica through songs like Nah go a Jail Again and Unknown Number.
The singjay performed overseas using a false identity (Reanno Gordon) until he was detained in London in May 2012.
Busy Signal was deported to Jamaica where he was arrested and extradited to Minnesota to face the charges of a decade earlier.