The imprisoned reggae star known to the world as Buju Banton has been keeping himself revitalized in prison by exercising his vocals and studying like a scholar, Hype Life Magazine has learned.
Fellow Jamaican entertainer Bounty Killer shared an unusual photo on his Instagram of Buju, whose real name is Marke Myrie, holding a microphone and performing live with a small band in prison.
If observed properly, a Jamaican flag can also be seen in the photo.
“BUJU BANTON Performing live last week inside the facility keeping the spirit alive blessings goes out to him and his family the Jamaican flag visual too patriotic #FreeBuju and #GiveKartelhisappeal #freedomisamust” – Bounty Killer via Instagram.
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After spending more than a year in a Miami, Florida based medium security federal prison, Banton has been transferred to a facility in the neighbouring state of Georgia.
He is now housed in the McRea Correctional Facility, a low security federal prison which houses 2,236 male convicts, in Telfair county.
The incarcerated entertainer will be deported to his native Jamaica after his scheduled January 2019 release from prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Buju Banton was not Released in 2015, Despite Rumors
In March, social media was ablaze with rumours that the embattled Jamaican star had been released early after several Dancehall-based websites said he had fallen under new sentencing changes for convicted drug traffickers.
A representative for the Grammy-winning Reggae singer informed Hype Life Magazine that the reports were false and damaging.
The singer was arrested in 2010 following a sting by the Drug Enforcement Administration at a Sarasota warehouse.
Banton was targeted by investigators starting in July 2009 when, returning with his band from a European tour, he sat next to an informant on a flight from Madrid to Miami. Authorities subsequently recorded numerous conversations in which the two men talked about drug trafficking.
In a motion filed in December last year, the artist’s lawyers argued that he has been working behind bars and has very good conduct. He requested that authorities releases him and deports him back to his homeland Jamaica.
However, the U.S. Sentencing Commission says only congress can change mandatory minimum penalties.
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A coordinator for the singer said he would be halting any further appeals, while the US Attorney Office announced it would be dismissing firearms charge against the singer.
Days after his 2011 conviction, Buju Banton won a Grammy Award for his album Before Dawn. His other albums include ‘Til Shiloh (1995), Inna Heights (1997) and Unchained Spirit (2000).
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