Reggae Throwback of the Week: Buju Banton “Batty Rider”
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(“Batty Rider” / 1992/ Penthouse Records)
2011 is here and this is a pressing year for Buju Banton. His long-awaited ‘Before The Dawn’ concert goes down in a few weeks in Miami on January 16.
Reggae lovers worldwide have been trying to get their hands on these tickets because we don’t yet know Buju’s fate.
Buju has been out on bail since the end of 2010. In September, his trial on cocaine trafficking and other charges ended with a hung jury and he was given a new trial date set for February 2011. Currently, that date is unknown because his retrial has been pushed back yet again.
On a lighter note, Buju is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Artist. The Grammys go down the day before Valentine’s Day. Between now and that day, we all hope that Buju gets to enjoy the recognition with family and friends.
If he is convicted, he faces 20 years to life in prison. For that reason, both this upcoming concert and the Grammy nomination are major.
Although we hope to see more from Buju years to come, this may be our last performance from him for a longtime.
The ThatsEnuff Throwback Of The Week goes out to Buju Banton. Bless! @SelenaBailey