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Mp3: Gyptian – My Number One – Gregory Isaacs Tribute

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Patexx – Send Dem Home

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Busy Signal – No Talk Much

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Jey Marc – summer tun up


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Mp3: Busy Signal – Rural Guns – Dancehall Mania Riddim

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Assassin – Profile Pic

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Savage – Mamma – rate this song now !!!

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Khago – Thump Inna face

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Bugle – One Life

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Jey Marc – Weed Anthem

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KARI JESS – GYAL MEK WE GO

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Patexx – Nuh Done

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Capleton – Choose Your Friend

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TEFLON-HEAR ME HEAR

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I-Octane – Mi Sorry

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3 Star – Bad And Proud

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Tarrus Riley – Bless Me

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Man Down Remix – Rihanna feat Wayne Marshall

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Mp3: Mavado Ft Akon – Delilah Remix

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Buju turns to academics – Artiste pursuing master’s degree

As Buju Banton says goodbye to his freedom for what could be at least six years behind us prison walls for a drug conviction, the Rastafarian reggae artiste says he intends to spend his time seeking higher learning. And Buju real name Mark Anthony Myri says he is already attending classes inside the Pinellas county jail in Tampa and planned to attain a master’s degree by the time his federal sentence is served.

Buju says he has passed the acceptance test and he will be studying political science and economics. He is adamant he would not crumble under the pressures of incarceration and said he is determined to make good out of his troubles. In the United States, inmates serving federal time are allowed to pursue tertiary education in an effort to rehabilitate them and curb the high rate of recidivism.

A study by the graduate centre of the City University of New York revealed that inmates who take college classes while in prison are four times more likely to stay out of trouble when they are released.

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Vybz Kartel – Good Father

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Vybz Kartel – Sex & The City (Raw)

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Merital – Send Dem Home

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New Artist Spotlight: Jordanne Patrice – The journey to stardom

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Jordanne Patrice – Ready When Yuh Ready  – Rate Song now!!!

Jordanne’s latest work is an infectious party song called “Ready When Yuh Ready” on the Drink and Party riddim produced by Christopher Birch. It is getting a lot of love in Jamaica as well as around the world.
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Jordanne Patrice Bisasor, born January 4, 1990, is only 21 years old and is an upcoming Jamaican Reggae/R&B/Pop singer who at a young age developed an extraordinary passion for singing. Having been exposed to a diverse musical background from her father, it became her life-long dream to become the most successful recording artist in her home land.
After graduating from Immaculate Conception High, she was accepted into Edna Manley College of the Performing and Visual Arts to hone her impressive talents in voice training by seasoned professionals. Jordanne then went on to record her first demos “Every time We Touch” ,”Again” produced by Almond Productions, garnering praise from the public, radio personalities as well as capturing the attention of one of Jamaica’s hottest producers, Christopher Birch.

How Does it Feel – Jordanne Patrice
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From then, the two have formed a special collaboration resulting in the release of her first original single, “How Does It Feel” While she continues to work on her music, Jordanne is making steady strides towards making her mark in the industry, performing and doing what she loves best.
The journey to stardom may be a long ride, but for JORDANNE PATRICE, it’s worth the wait.

Jordanne’s hard work has not gone unnoticed she has been interviewed by the popular Jamaican newspaper ‘The Observer ‘’in the teenage section.
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/TA-Dec-1-waah-buss-Jordanne

-She was also featured on the front page of the ‘Youth Link’ where she shared her views on her style. Jordanne is determined to become a household name and she was brought one step closer when she was interviewed by Lady Renee on REtv and was invited to the popular tv program ‘Intense’ on TVJ.  She is a true lover of music, Jordanne displayed this when she performed at a local charity show ‘Rasta Vibes’ which was held at the Bob Marley Museum.


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Savage – Mamma – rate this song now !!!

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Upcoming Dancehall Artist “Vision” Interview with Dancehall USA

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Upcoming Dancehall Artist “Vision” Interview with Dancehall USA

Boiling Point Riddim Video Medley

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VISION – WARN DEM – JINX RIDDIM
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Video: Teairra Mari Feat. Mr. Vegas & Gyptian – Pum Pum Shorts

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Mp3: Munga – “Nuh Stylin”

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Mp3: WAYNE WONDER FT MYA – “IF I EVER” – SEAN ROY REMIX – JEWMAICAN RECORDS

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Video: Beenie Man Ft Toya – One Man Girl

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Video: Alborosie – 2 Times Revolution

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Mp3: Wayne Marshall – Fresh – Jam 2 Production – Action Riddim

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Beenie Man – Short Shorts

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Mp3: Mavado ft Jagwa – Informer – Pitch Point Riddim

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Bramma – Talk Dem A Talk

 

 

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Assassin – Tun Up

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Mavado – Do Road

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Buju Banton Timeline

SINCE the early 1990s, the name Buju Banton has been at the forefront of the Jamaican and international reggae/ dancehall music fraternity. The deejay, known for his engaging live performances fuelled by a poignant catalogue of music, was yesterday convicted on drug charges. Here is a look at the time line of the artiste.

1972 — Mark Anthony Myrie is born in Salt Lane, St Andrew on July 15.

1986 — a young Buju is introduced to producer Robert Ffrench by fellow deejay Clement Irie.

 1987 — Buju drops first single. Debuting with the track The Ruler.

1991 — Buju joined Donovan Germain’s Penthouse Records label leading to the release of popular hits including Bogle, Browning and Black Woman.

1992 — Re-release of Buju Boom Bye Bye, which had been recorded years earlier.

1994 — Buju, reportedly affected by the singer Garnett Silk’s death, embraces Rastafari and begins growing his locks.

1995 — Buju releases what is considered his seminal album ‘Til Shiloh — marking a slight shift away from dancehall towards roots reggae.

1999 — Buju drops Inna Heights which earns him a Grammy nomination.

2004 — Saw the release of the politically charged Friends for Life album which also received a Grammy nod.

2007 — In a return to his dancehall roots, Buju dropped the album Too Bad which also found favour with the Grammy panel.

2009 — On April 21 Buju releases album Rasta Got Soul.

2009 — In September, Buju kicks off Rasta Got Soul tour of the United States at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia. However, the tour is plagued by cancellations due to pressure from gay rights groups.

2009 — On October 13, following the cancellation of a number of dates on his Rasta Got Soul tour, Buju meets with four members of San Francisco’s gay community.

2009 — In December Drug Enforcement Administration agents remanded Banton into custody in Miami, where the US District Attorney charged him with conspiracy to distribute and possession of more than five kilogrammes of cocaine.

2010 — On September 27, the case against Buju Banton was declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision.

2010 — Before the Dawn, the ninth studio album from Buju is release in North America and Japan on September 28.

2010 — on November 10, Buju is released on bond.

2011 — January 16, Buju performs to a sold-out audience at a specially arranged fund-raising concert held at the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in downtown Miami.

2011 — On February 13 — one day before the scheduled start of his retrial in Tampa, Florida — Buju Banton’s Before The Dawn album is announced as the winner of the Best Reggae Album category at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards being held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California

2011 — February 22 — Buju is found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence and using communication wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence. He was found not guilty on the charge of attempted possession of five kilogrammes or more of cocaine.

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Mavado’s bail extended

DANCEHALL act Mavado is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on November 21 on a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm stemming from a recent altercation at a popular nightclub in New Kingston where he reportedly assaulted an off-duty police officer.

A member of the entertainer’s entourage, Conroy Edwards, was shot in his abdomen during the June 13 incident, and succumbed to his injuries three days later in hospital.

The entertainer, who was born David Brooks, was summoned by the police and arrested and charged when he turned himself in but was later released on $30,000 station bail.

However, yesterday when the artiste appeared in court clad in black, his lawyer, Christian Tavares-Finson, told the court that his plea was not guilty.

Tavares-Finson then told the court that the complainant was being investigated by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and as a result, he was requesting time for the investigation to be completed before proceeding to trial with the case.

Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey then scheduled the matter for mention in November and extended Mavado’s bail.

According to the complainant, on June 13, at about 4:00 am, he was a patron at the Quad night club when he saw a group of about 20 men, who were a part of the artiste’s entourage, trying to enter the club.

The men were reportedly behaving boisterously and were pushing to get inside the club, he said.

The off-duty cop said he was standing inside the lobby when Mavado stepped on his foot when he was passing by and he called out to the entertainer and told him that he had stepped on his foot and he should take it easy.

He added that Mavado then used his right hand to hit him on the left side of his face and threatened to kill him.

The complainant further said he attempted to defend himself but was attacked by members of the artiste’s entourage who hit him all over his body.

He said he then identified himself as a policemen but they continued to assault him and that one of the men held onto his gun which was hidden inside his waist.

The cop explained that he then held onto the man’s hand and was trying to retrieve his gun when he heard a loud explosion. He said he later found out that a member of Mavado’s crew was hit and that he was among those who had attacked him.

The complainant said that he sustained bruises to his left side and hands, which were also swollen along with his face.

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Buju could be out in six years

Reggae singer Buju Banton could be out of federal prison in six years, according to his attorney David Oscar Markus. Speaking to reporters after the verdict of a 10-year sentence was handed down by United States judge Jim Moody, Markus said Banton would be credited with the 18 months he spent incarcerated in the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida.

“He will get credit for all the time he was in, plus good time credit. So he’s got six years remaining on his sentence. Six years is too much time, but it’s much better than the 15 years he was looking at going in this morning,” Markus said.

 Banton, who will be taken to a federal prison in Miami next week, was philosophical in a message he sent with Markus telling his children to hold strain.

“To my family, especially my children, remember our little song, Love the Lord and do no evil. The man is not dead, don’t call him a ghost,” the message read.

Banton appeared in court dressed in prison garb and shackled at the feet. He watched silently as Markus appealed to the court for a lighter sentence and waved to his supporters before flashing a brief smile as he was whisked out of court.

After listening to Markus’ submission, Moody indicated that he was bound by law to hand down the mandatory 10-year sentence and agreed with an earlier argument by prosecutor Jim Preston that Banton’s participation was key to the drug deal and that he expected to profit from the deal despite limited participation. However, the judge did not concede to Preston’s request for a lengthy sentence.

The judge also dropped the charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offence, citing that Banton did not know that his two co-defendants — Ian Thomas and James Mack — were in possession of an illegal gun when they were arrested attempting to purchase a large amount of cocaine from federal agents in a police controlled warehouse in Tampa, Florida.

Preston, who argued that there was a difference between Buju Banton the “joyful” reggae artiste and Mark Myrie the drug dealer, appeared peeved when the sentence was read out and declined to speak with reporters outside the Sam Gibbons US Court when the matter ended.

Outside the court, Markus told reporters that he would be moving speedily to secure the artiste’s release in an appellate court in the neighbouring state of Georgia. If successful, the artiste could be out in less than the six years projected by Markus, whose legal team also included Margo Moss and Dave Seidel.

“We are hopeful, we are still optimistic, we are very thankful that the judge did that today and now we will appeal to an appellate court in Atlanta, Georgia,” Markus said. “Three judges will hear our case on the 10-year drug count that is left and we will be arguing that the evidence was insufficient on the drug count and that there was entrapment as a matter of law because of that scoundrel Alex Johnson. Mark Myrie is my brother, and I am going to keep fighting until they tell me to stop fighting.”

Johnson is the confidential US Government informant who approached Myrie and enticed him with arguments about illicit drug dealing during a flight from Madrid, Spain to the United States in 2008.

Myrie was arrested at his home in Tamarac, South Florida after almost a year of surveillance of telephone and live conversations and video recordings that included him tasting cocaine in a Saratoga warehouse.

Markus also had praise for the Pinellas County Jail correctional staff, who he said treated Banton fairly but said the artiste would fare better in a federal facility.

“Federal prison is not easy, but it’s better than the county prison where he is at. The people at the county have been nice to Mr Myrie and to us and they have been treating us well, but we are looking forward to getting him to a more permanent place where it will be a little easier on him,” said Markus.

Reggae singer Wayne Wonder was the artiste who introduced Banton to the world at the Sting dancehall show inside the National Stadium in the early 1990s, and the two have been close friends ever since. Throughout Banton’s troubles Wonder has been a pillar of support to his close friend and yesterday after the sentence was handed down, he gave an objective view on Banton’s fate.

“It is not good, but it could have been worse. Buju is a very strong person for all that he has gone through. I don’t think I could have endured it,” Wonder said.

Gramps Morgan has also been firmly supporting Banton during his tribulations and was also thankful that Banton was not slapped with a longer sentence.

“I am still praying and I give thanks to the most high for the leniency of the judge for understanding, because the judge’s job is to follow the law and the law is mandatory 10, so he couldn’t do anything about that, but still he dropped the gun charge. So we give thanks that it’s not more. We are not looking at 15 or 20 years,” Morgan told the Observer.

Another close friend of Banton who identified himself as ‘Rueben’ was hopeful that the appeal would end in the release of the artiste.

“All I have to say is, this is not the end,” Rueben said.

In December last year, Banton was granted bail on condition of house arrest. He was allowed to perform at a benefit concert in downtown Miami to raise funds for his legal fees going into his second trial after the first trial ended in a mistrial when a 12-member panel of jurors could not unanimously decide his innocence or guilt.

Under the conditions of his bail he was ordered to a wear a monitoring device and was only allowed to leave his home to purchase medication or to see his lawyer. He was also ordered to foot the bill for a security detail that would ensure that the conditions of bail were not violated.

Buju Banton will be deported after he finishes serving his sentence.

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Vybz Kartel – Sex & The City [RAW]

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Audio: Mutabaruka interviews Cliff-Twang Brown – “Nobody Canna Cross It”

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Mp3: Christopher Martin – Paper Loving

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Bounty Killer’s 2010 Path to Greatness (Short Documentary Film)

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Mp3: WIZ KHALIFA FT KARTEL FT AIDONIA-BAD PEOPLE NO SLEEP ON THIS

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Mp3: BUSY SIGNAL – DEAL WID IT – DANCE REMIX

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Ska Legends the Skatalites Bring Down the House

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Legendary Jamaican ska group the Skatalites performed Friday at club Tochka, and despite revolutionary drummer Llody Knibb passing away last month, their performance set the club on fire — just like they’ve been doing for the past 47 years.

Knibb was one of the band’s original members and the father of the buru drumming style, the typical ska beat.

The group has fond memories of their first Russian concert, in St. Petersburg in 2001. “The crowd everywhere is the same — music is universal,” says trumpet and sax player Lester Sterling.

The Skatalites formed in 1964 and got a foothold backing vocalists such as Bob Marley, Prince Buster and Jimmy Cliff. Ska arose from a fusion of boogie-woogie blues, African rhythms, jazz and mento.

The Skatalites’ style formed the roots of rocksteady, reggae, rap, ska jazz and dub, and has influenced techno, trip hop, punk and hip hop.

Sterling and vocalist Doreen Shaffer are the only original Skatalites still touring with the band.

“I feel good with this style of music,” Sterling says, smiling suavely when asked about the Skatalites being regarded as the forebears of pretty much every contemporary music style.

Curiously enough, the educational cradle of many of the group’s core founders was the Alpha Cottage School, run by Catholic nuns. “It was a good school. If you had ambition you could learn a trade,” Sterling recalls.

“You could also choose your instrument and tell the band leader: trumpet, sax, drums,” Shaffer says. “It’s infectious music — ”

“Exercise music,” interjects manager Ken Stewart, whose mother still works out every morning listening to ska.

When the sound check is over, the group walks into the dressing room, relaxed and in a good mood. Sterling and Shaffer are regarded with much respect by the others: Val Douglas (bass), Andrae Murchison (trombone), Natty Frenchy (guitar), Cameron Greenlee (piano), Azemobo Audu (drums) and Ken Stewart (manager/occasional piano).

“It’s a blessing to play with people who created this music,” Frenchy says. “Ska is the start of a big thing, the beginning of rastafari. Everything followed from there.”

“We do a bit of meditation before a gig,” continues Frenchy, originally a freelance reggae guitar player, who recollects how he was contacted by the Skatalites the night before a big concert in Mexico.

“I knew nothing about ska and met them first on stage. I did not know their songs, neither did I master the ska way of playing guitar,” Frenchy recalls. “After the very first song, Lester [Sterling] asked me about the next song, I glanced at the papers laying in front of me, but he refused all I suggested.”

When they walk on stage, the crowd gives them a warm and recognizing welcome.

The Skatalites are performing for the 10th time in Russia. It is a mixed but music-conscious crowd. They start the gig off with an instrumental, preparing the scene for Shaffer, the “Queen of Ska.”

With a “Hello, Moscow,” she charmingly announces the first song, “Can’t You See,” to a frenzied crowd and then segues into “Sugar, Sugar.”

On “El Pussycat” Stewart replaces Greenlee on piano, and to the amusement of the crowd, Greenlee performs a couple of funky dances. A slower reggae tune is a welcome change-up before “James Bond” drives everyone totally mad. Fans swarm the stage, but the Skatalites play on.

They play for well over two hours, perfectly alternating vocal and instrumental parts, despite the missing French horn — Kevin Batchelor did not receive his visa — and the loss of their longtime drummer. They never lose the crowd’s attention.

“The energy which the crowd gives us is what makes us continue for about half a century yet,” Shaffer says. “Our soul is in what we are doing.”

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Can Vybz Kartel’s Business Empire Survive Split With Partner?

“I always wanted to be the Russell Simmons of dancehall,” says  Vybz Kartel pictured here in late-May outside the offices of of his upcoming reality TV show in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: Patricia Meschino)

Vybz Kartel (born Adidja Palmer), 35, is arguably Jamaica’s most popular dancehall reggae artist but his greatest skill may be his knack for spinning his controversy-fueled stardom into several prosperous businesses including a rum brand, a line of footwear and even condoms. Now, with an acrimonious break from his primary business partner, just weeks prior to the June 21st release of his latest album “Kingston Story” on Brooklyn based hip hop-electro producer Dre Skull’s Mixpak Records, can Kartel’s Gaza Empire remain in tact?

On May 23 Corey Todd, an American living in Kingston and Kartel’s partner in Unlimited Daggering, the company that owns and distributes Street Vybz Rum (which commands 1-2% of Jamaica’s $65 million annual island-wide rum sales, according to a spokesperson for National Rums of Jamaica), announced the demise of their three-year old association, alleging Kartel had threatened his life.

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Buju Banton sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Grammy-award-winning star Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the US for his role in setting up a cocaine deal in 2009.

The singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was told at Tampa federal court that he must serve five years’ probation following prison.

Previously the Dancehall artist had insisted in court that he had been merely boasting about the deal.

Prosecutors conceded he had never put money into a deal or profitted from it.

His record Before the Dawn won best reggae album at the Grammy Awards ceremony earlier this year.

In February the star was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it, along with a further drug trafficking offence and a gun charge.

He was acquitted of a fourth charge for attempted cocaine possession

It was Banton’s second trial – his first ended in September when the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Much of the case hinged on video and audio recordings taken by an informant and by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel.

The informant was paid $50,000 (£31,000) after Banton’s arrest in December 2009, along with two others.

One video shown to the jury showed Banton apparently tasting cocaine in a Florida warehouse.

A co-defendant later gave the informant $135,000 (£83,705). He and another man pleaded guilty to drug charges in the case.

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