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Video: Vybz Kartel – 2010 – Official Video

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Hurricane Chris ft. Beenie Man “Halle Berry” In Studio Freestyle

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Lisa Hype Is No Longer A Part Of The Portmore Empire

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Lisa Hype is no longer a part of the Portmore Empire. The members of the Empire have unanimously agreed to end our professional relationship especially in light of certain ‘developments’ that have come to our attention regarding her overall conduct, conduct that is not consistent with the decorum expected of a member of the Portmore Empire. She is an incredible artiste and we wish for her all the best in her future endeavours, but Lisa Hype will not play a future role in the Empire as she no longer fits in with our organisational goals as we move forward in 2010.

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Flippa Mafia Car Accident

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Flippa Mafia was involved in a car accident this morning on Hagley Park Road in Kingston, Jamaica.

According to eyewitness reports the deejay was driving on Hagley Park road on his way back from Sherlock Boat Ride when he got into difficulties and the Porsche Cayenne truck slammed into another truck and car before hitting a wall.

The complete front-end of the car sustained some major damage and could be considered a total write-off but miraculously Flippa walked away with only a few minor injuries.

The car was seen being towed away while Flippa was rushed away to the hospital at an undisclosed location. It’s not clear if the deejay was speeding or the accident was caused by a mechanical malfunction.

Flippa was recently involved in an accident in Philly but walked away without injuries. He also has an event scheduled for tonight in Jamaica

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Lisa Hype Sting Interview With 1Xtra’s Robbo Ranx

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Spragga Benz Ft. Stephen Marley, Sizzla, Jah Cure & Queen Ifrika – “More Life”

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VYBZ KARTEL – 2010 ( OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO )

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LA LEWIS-I DIDN’T CHICKEN OUT

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Deejay LA Lewis, who in the weeks leading up to Sting, promised dancehall fans a lyrical battle between himself and Mr G, was nowhere to be found on Saturday night and is now being branded a chicken by Mr G.

The two, had dancehall fans amped for a comedic face-off after both agreed to duke it out at Sting in exchange for criminal charges filed against Mr G by LA Lewis to be dropped.

Lewis, who was seemingly very confident in a victory, went as far as to order a coffin in which he would ‘bury’ Mr G. On Saturday night. However, Mr G stood alone backstage.

The deejay said that Lewis chickened out of the clash because he had received a humiliating lyrical beating at Ragashanti’s show, Mix up and Blenda, the previous night. He said, “Mi did kill him a Ragashanti show di night before. Mi a dj a di show, and him see mi a mash up di place, cah mi a gi di people dem some lyrics and a prepare dem fi di ting and him run on pan di stage and start dj. Di people dem clap him, dem boo him, dem put chair pan dem head and him still neva waan come offa di stage.”

Mr G continued, “Di people dem gi him bout five-minute worth a consecutive boo. Is like di bwoy see how serious it be pan him and nuh turn up. A di dead wha him dead di night before, him couldn’t tek dat in front of a Sting crowd.”

The deejay said he was disappointed at Lewis’ no-show, as he was looking forward to the face-off. He said, “I want to find out what he represents whether it is CB chicken or Best Dressed chicken, cause it is obvious that he is a chicken.”

He said, “Dis bredda is in hiding and him a go find bout two million excuse fi why him neva come. But a di killing wha him get a Raga show prime up him heavens and bring him back to a ting called reality.”

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The deejay said he is willing to meet with Lewis again, if only to satisfy the appetite of dancehall fans. He said, “I think there has to be a next showdown. Di people dem waan see dis, and because it neva materialise, it left a bad taste in their mouths.”

Lewis, however, had a different story. He said that he did not chicken out of the clash, but rather felt disrespected by the event’s promoters and chose not to attend. He said as the main act of the show, he was not treated how he should have been. “The demands I made were not met,” he said, “They were supposed to deal with some

funding for my tour bus and at the end of the day, they didn’t deal with it. They were to send part of the money for costumes for my entourage , they didn’t send that.” He said he also did not receive tickets for his entourage and said he attempted to contact the show’s promoters, but had no luck. “Everybody lock off them phone,” he said.

He said he felt disrespected as he “did not receive a copy of the running order” like all major acts should. He said, “LA Lewis may take things light, but not the Seven Star General. I respect Mr Laing, but promoters need to treat artistes right. You’re not going to treat me bad and then I run on your show like I’m ‘Gladys Knight and the Pips’.”

As for the claims that he was ‘killed’ the previous night, he dismissed those saying he did not plan to clash and he didn’t. He admitted to having difficulties however. He said, “It was like I was deejaying off-key, cause I was signalling to the band to mix me, but I didn’t know it was a blind band.”

Isaiah Laing, promoter of the event, said that Lewis’ claims were false. He said the deejay received all he asked for and said Supreme Promotions even went beyond what it would normally have done for him. “Whatever he asked for, I gave it to him. I did all that I was suppose to do for him. I think we even went overboard, cause normally we wouldn’t give him anything. I wouldn’t have built up people’s hopes and not delivered. I didn’t even know he wasn’t coming until about 11 p.m.,” he said.


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Buju Banton and the Sentencing Guidelines

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The balance of power in the Federal criminal justice system is weighted heavily towards the prosecutor.  Federal criminal law enforcement has as its aim the reduction of crime and the achievement of fair and consistent sentencing.

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines determines federal sentences based primarily on two factors: (1) The conduct associated with the criminal offence, which produces the Offence Level, (2) The defendant’s criminal history.  A sentencing table displays the weighted relationship between the two factors.

The Offence Level and the Criminal History Category are placed on a grid or table that specifies a sentencing range in months.  The court may sentence a defendant within the Sentencing Range.

When the Federal Sentencing Guidelines were passed they were mandatory, however there is now some flexibility in the law since the Supreme Court ruling in the United States v Booker 543 US 220 (2005).  Booker held that the guidelines, when rigidly applied, violated the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The guidelines are now considered advisory only.  Judges must calculate the guidelines and consider them when determining a sentence, but are not required to issue sentences within the guidelines.

Two basic types of plea negotiation exist: (1) charge bargaining and (2) sentencing bargaining. Charge bargaining is negotiating about the specific charges to which a defendant will plead guilty.  Charge bargaining has little impact on the ultimate sentence received because in calculating the advisory guideline level all of the relevant conduct is considered regardless of which specific count of the indictment pleads guilty to. The second type of plea-bargaining, the more effective type involves sentencing agreements where the defendant seeks concessions from the Government regarding its sentencing positions.

A sentencing agreement may provide that (a) the United States Government recommend a particular sentence, see Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11 (C) (1), (b) or that the United States Government will not oppose the defendants requested sentence see Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11 (C) (1) (B). Well-informed estimates of the Sentencing Range for Buju Banton are in the 25 years to life range.  This would apply if he were found guilty at trial or if he does not seek a sentence reduction through a plea agreement.  Such a sentence reduction would require a significant factual debriefing concerning his involvement in illegal conduct and the names of all his current and past co-conspirators if any such exist. If Mr. Myrie goes to trial and is acquitted it will be a great victory for him.  In Federal cases in which electronic evidence is involved the chances of obtaining an acquittal at trial are statistically very small.

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SHUT ‘EM UP! – ‘Too much freedom in the name of creative expression’

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DECLARING THAT Jamaica’s music has died, producer Mikey Barnett says the Government needs to restrict freedom of expression if the society is to survive.

“The Government has failed in its role to protect the society from itself – meaning artistes of today. There is too much freedom in the name of creative expression,” Barnett told a recent Gleaner Editors’ Forum.

Barnett argued that the Govern-ment had allowed a small societal sore to turn into gangrene before trying to fix it.

He said the decline in Jamaica’s music is going to be impossible to address because the State allows everyone to freely express what he or she wants through areas such as music.

However, the director of public prosecutions has said freedom of expression is not the problem.

Paula Llewellyn told The Sunday Gleaner that it is inertia and lethargy on the part of many citizens which is the root cause of the problem.

“Everybody is guaranteed – under our Constitution and by virtue of being a human being in a civilised society where principles of democracy hold – freedom of expression,” Llewellyn said.

“Too many of us are afraid to rock the boat, in that we do not wish to be singled out as pointing out that the content of a song like Informer Fi Dead can undermine the moral fibre of the society and help to inculcate fear in respect of doing your duty if you have witnessed wrongdoing or a breach of criminal law,” Llewellyn told The Sunday Gleaner.

Last week, Barnett told a Gleaner Editors’ Forum that he did not support dancehall music because of what it stood for. He charged that the music bred violence and spewed profanity throughout the society and should be controlled through legislation.

“It is a lack of political will that has caused this, because whenever they (legislators) attempt to put in law, people say you are stifling their creative expression, and so they back off,” Barnett said.

In defence of his stance, the music producer said persons should not “defend creative expression at the risk of destroying the society”.

“We have to make up our minds whether we want freedom of expression for everybody, or a controlled situation to protect our children,” Barnett said.

However, Llewellyn argued that people should be more cognisant of lyrics and be willing to speak up against transgressions. She said Jamaicans should respect each other’s right to freedom of expression but “be prepared to indicate that the particular lyrical content of a song is not appreciated”.

Llewellyn’s position has the backing of Senator Warren Newby, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports .

No role to play

He argued that the State should not infringe on a person’s freedom.

“If an adult decides that slackness is his or her form of entertainment, I don’t think the State should get involved to say ‘You can’t listen to that’. If he pays to go into a venue that is sanitised from the general public and wants to listen to slackness in that venue, then the Government has no role to play in that matter,” Newby said.

He added: “What needs to be emphasised in today’s Jamaica is the role of parenting. People must take personal and social responsibility.

“We must empower communities and the parents to take greater care of the socialisation of the children so in the event that they hear music that is not wholesome, they know not to gravitate towards it,” Newby said.


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Vybz Kartel – 2010

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J Davey feat Kardinal Offishall – Rock the Dancehall

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Soca Refix – “Call On Me” – Jah Cure feat Alison Hinds

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Nas & Damian Marley – ‘Distant Relatives’ (Artwork x Tracklis

If you don’t know about this album, you’ve either been in a coma for awhile or you just don’t like good music. Above is the artwork for Nas and Damian’s upcoming album Distant Relatives. If you hit the jump you can check out the track list as well. It’s set to hit stores in March.

1. Intro (Something New) (prod. Damian Marley)
2. As We Enter (prod. Damian Marley)
3. Revolutionary (prod. Damian Marley)
4. Count Your Blessings (prod. Damian & Stephen Marley)
5. Belief is Key (prod. Damian Marley)
6. Africa Must Wake Up f. K’naan (prod. Nas, Damian & Stephen Marley)
7. Black Horizon f. K’naan (prod. Damian Marley)
8. Only the Strong (prod. Damian & Stephen Marley)
9. Our Generation f. Joss Stone & Stevie Wonder (prod. Damian Marley)
10. Empowerment (prod. Stephen Marley)
11. AID (prod. K’naan & Nas)
12. Let’s End It (Poverty) f. K’naan (prod. 9th Wonder & Damian Marley)
13. The Earth f. Bob Marley (prod. Salaam Remix, Damian & Stephen Marley)
14. Black Man’s Paper f. Erykah Badu (prod. Afry) [UK Bonus]
15. Weed On f. Snoop Dogg (prod. Damian Marley) (iTunes Bonus)

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Sean Paul – Hold My Hand Live| Poll – Who will win the Grammy ?

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Sean Paul is sharing intimate moments with his leading lady in a music video supporting his single “Hold My Hand”. Narrated as a happy couple, the two are seen dancing, hugging and getting up close and personal on the video.

“Hold My Hand” is taken from Sean’s fourth studio album “Imperial Blaze” which peaked at No. 12 on Billboard Hot 200. The iTunes version of the song has Keri Hilson lending her vocal on the hook.

Most recently, Sean Paul has received Best Reggae Album nomination for 2010 Grammy Awards, thanks to his work on “Imperial Blaze”. In the category, he is facing off Buju Banton, Gregory Isaacs, Julian Marley and Stephen Marley.

Grammys itself will be telecast LIVE from the Staples Center in L.A. on Sunday, January 31 at 8/7c on CBS.
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DUANE HOWARD & JR. KELLY – BEHIND THE SCENES OF “HOW SHE LIKE IT” MUSIC VIDEO|

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Don Skilachi ft Vybz Kartel – I Go Hard

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Update: NEW VIDEO :American Airlines plane overshoots runway in Jamaica

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An American Airlines plan has overshot the runway in Jamaica. More than 40 people were injured in the incident.

According to the BBC, some 150 people were aboard the flight. The plane is believed to have split in two after overshooting the runway at Norman Manley International Airport.

44 people were taken to hospital for treatment. Four of those are said to be seriously injured.

American Airlines said that the impact broke off the right engine. The plane halted near the beach next to the runway.

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Konshens – Bring Back the Reggae

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Jimmy Cliff will be inducted into the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Cliff is among a list of other entertainers who will be inducted, including Genesis, The Stooges, Ann Arbor, Swedish pop-icons ABBA and The Hollies. Cliff is the first reggae nominee cited by judges at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since Bob Marley was inducted in 1994.

The inductees for next year were chosen by a committee of rock and roll historians and they were voted on by 500 voters in the Hall of Fame Foundation. Artistes become eligible for induction 25 years after their first record is released. One of the criteria is that the person must have made some contribution to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll music and the contribution to music must also be of significance

Cliff has made large contributions to the reggae industry as he is known for hits such as Harder They Come, I Can See Clearly Now, Wild World, Many Rivers To Cross, Rebel In Me and Reggae Nights, some of which have been used as soundtracks in movies. He was also an actor in the movie Harder They Come.

This year’s class will be inducted in the annual ceremony at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 15, 2010, and will be televised live on Fuse. All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

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I Am Not Disturbed By…Killa’s Pop-Down Career – Kartel

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Kartel has responded to Bounty Killer’s scathing, raving interviewon ER last week Friday where the Killer made fun of Kartel’s US visa problems and made accusations that Kartel was robbing money frommembers of the Portmore Empire.

Kartel has pointed out that Bounty Killer is merely upset that he has become an outdated dinosaur in anart form that he helped to make popular. Hence, the reason for Killer’sirrational anger and his ‘bad-mindedness’.

“I remember when Killer said in an interview after I left Alliancethat ‘Kartel ah go broke and him ah go suffer’ but I guess karma is ahell of a thing. This is the second time that he is doing somethinglike this so I will say that I am not in the least disturbed by therecent slate of events in his ‘pop-down’ career. Dancehall isGaza-Gully with a sprinkle of ‘Rasta Got Soul’ and a dash ofdaaanccerrz, no Alliance,” he said in statement released through hispublicity team.

Vybz Kartel performed to sold-out shows in Trinidad last Wednesdayand a highly successful ‘Gaza Meets Gully’ show in Antigua over theweekend. Bounty Killer was denied entry to both Trinidad and Antiguaover the past month as his legal woes and charges have mounted againsthim in Jamaica.

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Video: I Octane – Lose A Friend

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Busy Signal “Burial”

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Mavado – “Sing Song”

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Spragga Benz named among Billboard’s Best One-Hit Wonders of the Decade

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Jamaican dancehall artiste, Spragga Benz, was featured in Billboard’s Best One-Hit Wonders of the 2000s for his collaboration with Kevin Lyttle.

Benz was the only Jamaican artiste listed as a one-hit wonder by Billboard, the US based music company described as the Koran of music. Benz is a successful dancehall artiste with many local and regional hits. The definition of a One Hit Wonder related to the US market, as an artiste that hit the top 10 of Billboard Hot 100 singles chart without cracking the top 25 with subsequent hits in the decade.

Billboard added: “The one-hitmakers on this list have been ranked by how high their big song climbed on the chart compared to how far down the tally their subsequent highest-charting effort peaked.”

The song Turn Me On was Lyttle’s international hit on his self-titled album. It peaked at number four in August 2004 with Benz deejaying for 30 seconds mid-song whilst toasting the intro/outro.

“The airwaves have since turned him off, and the Caribbean crooner has yet to return to the Hot 100,” stated Billboard in the commentary on the artistes.

The St Vincent born Lyttle recorded the original Turn Me On, without Spragga Benz in 2001, he needed only two takes and less than an hour to record the song which became a local hit. Bootleg versions spread to Europe where the song gained underground spins. Atlantic Records released the single where it quickly peaked in the top ten in the U.K and US in 2003 and 2004 respectively.
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Mp3:Sean Paul-Follow me feat. Sean Kingston

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Buju Banton’s Label Breaks Silence

President of Buju Banton`s record label, Tracii McGregor, is urging the world to remember that the `Rasta Got Soul` singer is `innocent until proven guilty.`

In an exclusive interview with CaribWorldNews Friday, McGregor, the head of Buju`s Gargamel Music, Inc., warned against a rush to judgment.
buju_bantonShe insisted the singer, born Mark Anthony Myrie, is `innocent` and that the label will pursue the best legal team to prove this.

`It`s on an poppin,` said McGregor, revealing that she has been meeting with several top criminal attorneys to take over the case. They include top criminal defense attorneys David Oscar Markus, who was named a 2009 Florida SuperLawyer for White Collar Criminal Defense Representation and was listed in the 2009 Chambers & Partners for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations and Frank Rubino, who has tried hundreds of cases involving serious federal and international criminal offenses including the case against Panamanian General, Manuel Noriega.

She also disclosed that current attorney, Herbert Walker, III, was simply hired to represent Banton during his initial court appearance and the label has made no decision on whom the trial attorney will be.

`Walker has never really been our attorney,` said McGregor. `This is Buju and we`re going to get him the top legal representation there is. We are ready to fight.`

As for Banton, McGregor told CWNN that the singer is `holding firm` even though it is `a difficult situation.`

`I saw him yesterday,` said McGregor of Banton and told him to `go inward and preserve yourself.`
Banton she said has also focused on helping other inmates, especially Jamaicans at the Miami federal prison, who have no legal representation. So far the singer has not been transferred to Tampa, since waiving his right to a bail hearing Wednesday in preference for a Tampa trial.

A clearly emotional McGregor revealed that she was in New York last Thursday afternoon, when she got the `shocking` calling of Banton`s arrest.

`I was stunned,` said McGregor, who had been actively in Florida for the past few weeks preparing for the move of the label officially to the Sunshine State.

But she says the focus now is on staging the best legal defense and rallying the fans to stand by the reggae singer, whose songs like `Out Father In Zion,` `Hills and Valleys,` `Give I Strength,` and `Cry No More` has made him an household name among fans of conscious reggae.

McGregor also revealed the label will soon release a new video on the four-time Grammy Award-winning singer`s new song, `Optimistic Soul,` from his new album, `Rasta Got soul.`

Banton was arrested on Dec. 10th in Florida. He was indicted on December 15th. The federal indictment claims that Myrie, along with Ian Thomas and James Jackson Mack, `knowingly and willing fully conspired with each other and with others to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a substance containing a delectable amount of cocaine.`

If convicted, he faces 20 to life on the charge while all property deemed to have been gained from drug distribution could be forfeited.

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Vybz Kartel Interview on Entertainment Report

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UP CLOSE with VYBEZ

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UP CLOSE is a real talk with the dancehall culture and takes an in depth look into the life of dancehall artistes, their circumstances, and influences that motivate their artistic genius. The series is shot at Studio 45 in Kingston Jamaica
Executive Producers: Jeremy Whittaker and Delano Forbes
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Reggae star Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie has strongly denied any involvement in the illegal drugs trade

bujuBuju, who has been one of the standard bearers for reggae music for more than a decade, made the declaration through his legal representative yesterday as he prepared for his first day in court.

“My client says he is absolutely innocent of each of the allegations that the government has made,” attorney-at-law Herbert E. Walker III.

Walker, who has been retained to represent Buju, said he was looking forward to the trial. “You can tell your readers that his defence team is working night and day to protect his interest as he vigorously and vehemently denies all of the allegations,” Walker added.

Buju has already spent five days in federal custody in the United States and remains in jail pending his court appearance today at a pre-trial detention hearing. This is when the US authorities will outline more details of the allegations against him and he will get a chance to apply for bail.

Already the authorities have claimed that they have audio and video footage of Buju and others making arrangements to purchase several kilograms of cocaine. But Walker said that will not prevent him from asking the court to release Buju on bail.

“It is a detention hearing and a sort of status update where the government will bring in all the evidence it has. It was set for last Friday but the government was not ready to proceed as they needed more time to get their evidence together,” said Walker.

He noted that under US law, it is the defendant who has to prove that he should be granted bail because with the serious nature of the charge there is what is called, “a presumption of detention”.

“But the fact of the matter is the court still has to make an individual determination as to whether to grant bail. It is our position that he should be granted bail because he is innocent and is looking forward to establish that in a court of law.”

Buju is slated to appear in the US District Court in the Southern District of Florida at 10 this morning.

After today’s hearing, the artiste will return to court on December 28 for a removal hearing where the trial will be switched from the Middle District of Florida to the Southern District.

The affidavit, against Buju and his two alleged conspirators was initially filed in the Middle District.

In that affidavit a special agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration alleged that Buju and two others knowingly and wilfully conspired to possess, with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.

The co-accused were identified as Ian Thomas and James Mack who were allegedly arrested in a sting operation when they attempted to buy cocaine. A firearm was also reportedly taken from a vehicle driven by one of the men.

Buju, who was not on the scene at the time of the drug bust, was later arrested on charges of dealing in illegal drugs and could spend more than 20 years in a federal prison if he is found guilty.

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UPDATED: BUJU BANTON Negotiated a Cocaine Deal /Affidavit

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Associated Press: MIAMI (AP) — Federal authorities say Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton attempted to buy cocaine from an undercover officer in Florida.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in U.S. federal custody in Miami since Thursday. He faces a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

According to court documents, Banton and two others contacted a police informant last week about buying purchase and was observed inspecting cocaine offered by the undercover officer.

cocaine in Sarasota. Drug Enforcement Administration agents say Banton negotiated the
The other men were arrested Thursday when they allegedly attempted to buy the drugs.

Buju Banton’s Complaint Affidavit

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Mp3:Pressure – Coming Back To You

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Caribbean promoters plan to sue Vybz Kartel for no-shows

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Irate show promoters in St Lucia and Guyana are planning to sue dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel for a series of no-shows over the weekend. Kartel and members of his Portmore Empire were reportedly booked for a concert in Guyana on Saturday night, after which they should have moved on to St Lucia to perform on the last evening of a three-day event called Love Fest.

Reports are, however, that while some members of the Empire turned up, Kartel missed his flight to Guyana, not once, but twice, after which the promoter was asked to send a charter. According to one report, this was done, but the plane sat on the tarmac on Saturday and the deejay refused to leave Jamaica. Conscious Minds Promotions in Guyana reportedly suffered tremendous losses when they were forced to cancel the show. The Sunday Stabroek in Guyana noted that “a press release advised that persons who purchased tickets for the show will receive full refunds beginning Tuesday at all ticketing locations”.

The promoters are quoted as saying, “We again express our deep regret at the disappointment that our supporters must feel and pledge that we will make good with other promotions.”

Meanwhile, the St Lucia promoter Andrew Hayles, in an interview last evening with the Observer, said that he had spent over US$20,000.00 on plane fare just to ensure that Kartel would be present for his show, Love Fest, which has built up a solid reputation during its eight years.

Hayles said he was aware that there were some “security issues and threats” and he had assured the deejay that he would have been closely guarded throughout his visit to the island.

“And then he doesn’t even get in contact with us … somebody told us that there was a statement on YouTube and that’s how we knew that he was not going to take the charter. Well, we promoters have aligned ourselves, we have spread the word, we have even contacted BBC 1Xtra. And we are going to sue Kartel for our money. He charged us US$25,000.00 and he was paid his 50% deposit. We have to deal with Kartel,” Hayles said.

He stated, however, that the concert would go on last night since there were other big names on the bill. However those persons who wanted a refund would be accommodated.

It was in May this year that Kartel was banned from Grenada for the event, Rap-it-Up, which was to mark the official launch of his Daggerin condoms in that island. Government officials reportedly refused to issue a work permit because of his violent lyrics.
“Naturally, the Guyana promoter and myself have been communicating, since I was supposed to bring Kartel in from there. So those tickets went down the drain. Then I made direct contact with Kartel and he told me to send two first-class tickets for him and Jahvinci to travel from Jamaica. At 11:00 pm on Saturday we got the travel agent to open up her business place so we could purchase the tickets. Then plans changed and we were asked to get a charter and this was done. Then the next thing we know we hear on Sunday that Kartel had posted a statement on YouTube saying that he was not attending Love Fest in St Lucia and it was not the promoter’s fault,” Hayle said, still sounding bemused at all that had transpired.

A quick look at YouTube shows a 33-second clip with Vybz Kartel who identifies himself and then goes on to say “we a mek the people dem know from now that we won’t be attending Love Fest in St Lucia … but it’s no fault of the promoters or the promotion which is Hot FM … it’s just circumstances beyond our control.”

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