It was emotional, sad and mental torture to many music lovers around the world, when despite pleas for leniency from musicians, fans, supporters and family members, a federal judge sentenced Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton to 10 years in prison for conspiring to set up a cocaine deal.
This was a news many weren’t expecting because Rastafarians often speak against such things in music to educate the youth to desist from dangerous drugs. Thus, many still doubt if Buju was actually involved in such a deal.
The charges levelled against the musician were the conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.
At the end of his trial the federal judge gave the reggae star a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. This is not the first incident of a reggae star involved in drug scandal, thus; this should be a lesson to reggae icons and upcoming reggae stars to be careful in this hard music business because there are certain enemies ready to pull them down.
Shortly before his conviction in February, 2011, Buju Banton won a Grammy Award for his best reggae album entitled “Before the Dawn.” Banton will never die in prison. He will definitely come back but the question is: Can he successfully continue the works he left uncompleted?
I think he will be more successful to share his prison experience in his new music.