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Beres Hammond Ready To Perform With Buju Banton




Beres Hammond and Buju Banton on the same stage would be one for the ages.

Buju Banton is a few months away from being released from prison and several local promoters are already gearing up for his return to the musical scene. One thing is for sure, his first concert will be a grand affair. Reggae legend Beres Hammond has already indicated that he wants to share the stage with the Gargamel and he doesn’t care where the show will be.

Beres and Buju have collaborated on a number of singles over the years including “Pull It Up” and “Who Sey (Big Man Don’t Cry).” The two singers have remained closed friends outside of working together musically. Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is currently in the final year of his 10-year prison sentence in Florida for drug trafficking. He is slated for release in December of this year.

The last time Buju performed at a concert was in 2011 at a show in Miami during his high profile drug trial. The Grammy-winning reggae singer was convicted on three counts of drug trafficking charges in 2011 and sent to federal prison for 10 years. He appealed the conviction several times over the years but lost on all of his attempts. Since his incarceration, Buju has not released any new music and sources say he has been writing behind bars so you can expect some new music later this year or early next year.




Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton: Fans Cry For Their Freedom This Year




Could 2018 be the year that both Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton gets released from prison?

Reggae/dancehall fans have been crying for their freedom, but will their cries be heard this year? We know for sure that at least one of the two Jamaican music icons will be released this year. Buju Banton release date is set for November this year after getting a few months reprieve in his 10-year sentence. On the other hand, Vybz Kartel appeal trial is set for July of this year and his legal team is pulling all the stops for a breakthrough in the controversial murder case. This will be the last chance that they have to prove his innocence.

Unlike Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton has already served his full sentence and has exhausted all of his legal options after losing several appeals. The Grammy-winning reggae singer was convicted on three counts of drug trafficking charges in Miami in 2011, the same year that the dancehall superstar was arrested and slapped with two separate murder charges. Banton, born Mark Myrie, was sentenced to ten years in a federal prison for the crime as he bemoaned his innocence.

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Kartel, whose government name is Adidja Palmer, was acquitted of the murder of Barrington “Bossie” Burton in 2013 after the prosecution failed to prove his guilt. The following year he wasn’t so lucky and was convicted of the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, a man whom authorities say was a member of Kartel’s inner circle of friends. One of his protege, Shawn Storm, was also convicted of the same murder and both men and their two co-accused are currently serving life for the murder. Kartel’s only hope now is a successful appeal that would set he and his co-accused free.

Buju Banton has not released any new music since his incarceration as ordered by the judge during his sentencing, but Vybz Kartel has released a ton of new music and has dominated dancehall since his arrest in 2011. His success from behind bars even promoted him to make a bold statement that dancehall is in jail. “Dancehall is in jail,” he said. “And although the fact remains that if I die tomorrow, dancehall will continue, it’s also a fact that the next artiste to bring the energy, panache, and ‘vybz’ to dancehall, isn’t here yet.”

Legal sources told us that Vybz Kartel appeal will be a hard-fought battle for the defense despite the numerous issues with the original case. “Getting the green light for an appeal doesn’t mean that they automatically have the upper hand, they still have a case to prove and this time it’s not a jury that they will have to convince, but seasoned judges who know the law inside-out, so it is a much more difficult case,” sources said.

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