Buju Banton Released from Prison


Reggae and Dancehall superstar Buju Banton has been released from a prison in the US where he’d been serving time on drug-related charges.

Nationwide News understands, the lanky deejay is expected to land in Jamaica at 7:30 this evening at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Our sources have also revealed that the deejay will be met by a Superintendent of Police from the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) processed and escorted home.

An officer on duty at the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia told our News Centre that Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie, would be released from prison today. He was expected to be released tomorrow, December 8.

The officer who asked for Banton’s registration number told Nationwide News December 7th was listed as the release date for the artiste.

Banton was arrested in 2011 on drug-related charges. He was found guilty of intent to deal more than 5-kilograms of cocaine. He spent 7-years in prison.

According to The Guardian newspaper in the UK, the popular entertainer is expected to be put on a plane in Florida and flown to Kingston.

Meanwhile, Banton is reportedly expected to embark on a tour next year called ‘Long Walk to Freedom.’ This was announced by his team on social media. There’ve been reports that the first show will be staged in Jamaica.

Banton is known for his controversial lyrics and powerful songs to include Destiny, Driva, Not an Easy Road and Til I’m laid to Rest. He has released a number of albums to include Til Shiloh, Mr. Mention and Rasta Got Soul.

However, the last album he released prior to his incarceration was ‘Before the Dawn’, for which he won a Grammy.


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