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Buju Banton cops IRAWMA nominations

Despite the fact that embattled Reggae superstar, Buju Banton languishes in a Miami federal prison, his music continues to garner positive attention, locally and overseas.

The currently incarcerated singjay copped a pair of nominations for the 31st annual International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA), scheduled to take place on July 5 in Chicago, Illinois. This marks the second award show that Buju Banton has nabbed nominations since he received a ten-year sentence on federal drug charges last June.

The artiste, whose real name is Mark Myrie earned a Best Song nomination for his internationally acclaimed collaboration, Jah Army alongside fellow Reggae superstar, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley. 

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Buju Banton won the  Grammy Award for his 2010 album, 'Before the Dawn.'

Buju Banton won the Grammy Award for his 2010 album, ‘Before the Dawn.’

Buju Banton went to court  on (Feb. 14, 2011) with a new good luck charm — the 2011 Grammy for Best Reggae Album. Facing life in prison, Buju Banton won the award for his 2010 album, ‘Before the Dawn.’

Banton’s Grammy comes the day before he is scheduled to appear in court for the start of his retrial on drug conspiracy allegations. In September of last year, the judge handling the case declared a mistrial when the jury could not come to a verdict, pushing a new trial. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is facing charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and illegal possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a crime. He is claiming he was entrapped.

In prison since Nov. 2009, Buju Banton was finally able to leave prison after the mistrial when his friend Stephen Marley posted bail by placing his Fla. home, worth $300,000, as collateral. Upon release, Buju was forced to sign an extradition waiver and wear an electronic monitoring device to ensure he stays in America.

“Buju is not guilty. The number of charges doesn’t change that,” Banton’s attorney, David Markus, said in an e-mail. “The prosecution wasn’t happy with the first trial, so now it is trying to throw as many charges against the wall in the hopes something sticks.”

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Soul Brother, FilmMagic Buju Banton will be heading to court today (Feb. 14, 2011) with a new good luck charm — the 2011 Grammy for Best Reggae Album. Facing life in prison, Buju Banton won the award for his 2010 album, ‘Before the Dawn.’

Banton’s Grammy comes the day before he is scheduled to appear in court for the start of his retrial on drug conspiracy allegations. In September of last year, the judge handling the case declared a mistrial when the jury could not come to a verdict, pushing a new trial. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is facing charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and illegal possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a crime. He is claiming he was entrapped.

In prison since Nov. 2009, Buju Banton was finally able to leave prison after the mistrial when his friend Stephen Marley posted bail by placing his Fla. home, worth $300,000, as collateral. Upon release, Buju was forced to sign an extradition waiver and wear an electronic monitoring device to ensure he stays in America.

“Buju is not guilty. The number of charges doesn’t change that,” Banton’s attorney, David Markus, said in an e-mail. “The prosecution wasn’t happy with the first trial, so now it is trying to throw as many charges against the wall in the hopes something sticks.”

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Video: Sean Paul performance at Buju Banton's Before the Dawn Concert

Video: Sean Paul performance at Buju Banton’s Before the Dawn Concert

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Within hours of its release in North America, Buju Banton's album, Before the Dawn, is already creating waves.

The album, which comes on the heels of Monday's news of a hung jury in Buju's drug trial, has debuted at number two on the iTunes Reggae charts for the US market.

Buju’s album hits charts within hours of release

Within hours of its release in North America, Buju Banton’s album, Before the Dawn, is already creating waves.

The album, which comes on the heels of Monday’s news of a hung jury in Buju’s drug trial, has debuted at number two on the iTunes Reggae charts for the US market.

On this chart, Bob Marley’s album, Legend, holds the top spot. Other acts holding down places are Hassidic Jew, Matisyahu, Michael Franti and Spearhead and US-based Reggae band, Rebelution.

Described by Gargamel Music as a prophetic project, the album is said to encapsulate the experiences of the artiste who has been imprisoned in Florida since last December on a charge of conspiracy to possess and distribute five kilogrammes of cocaine.

Gargamel Music quotes Buju as saying, “All the songs on this album were written before I and I found I self in this current situation, yet they all speak profoundly to what I and I am going through right now…You might can lock the flesh but you can never lock the spirit of Rasta.”

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer on Monday, Buju’s manager Tracii McGregor was asked whether she felt that the publicity the deejay has received throughout the trial would have a positive effect on the release of the album. McGregor noted that like all Buju’s releases, Before the Dawn was highly anticipated by the Gargamel’s fans.

Already, the track Innocent, is being seen as the unofficial anthem of Before the Dawn, which is Buju’s ninth studio album. The release date for the UK and France is set for next Monday, October 4, the album will be available in the rest of Europe this Friday.

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