by Jodee Brown
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Busy Signal has addressed the public for the first time since his extradition case began, promising that his fans and admirers will continue to hear his quality sound while incarcerated.
The prominent singjay was arrested on an extradition warrant by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at theNorman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday. Three days later, he was denied bail during a hearing at the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrates Courtin Kingston. However, Busy Signal exercised the option to waive his extradition rights, meaning that he will surrender to United States authorities next month.
Addressing his family, friends and fans for the first time since his arrest, Busy Signal released a statement on Saturday explaining his situation while insisting that those close to him have been instrumental in upholding his spirits during this most difficult period. Additionally, he intimated that fans will definitely be hearing material from him while away.
“In this a time of reflection, I would like to thank my fans who have supported me through this difficult situation and who will continue to support me. Your messages and prayers via social networks and via members of my team are what have brought light to the darkness of my cell.”
“I have never admitted that I was involved in any drug deal or drug arrangement. I waived my rights to an extradition trial here in Jamaica, so that I can return to the US to face a charge of absconding bail ONLY. This incident took place ten (10) years ago before I even considered becoming an artiste.”
“As you can understand, this is a difficult time for me, however during my time away, my fans will not be left with a void – there are several unreleased tracks that will definitely keep you “busy” until my return. I recently released my album Reggae Music Again, which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Reggae charts. On my recent tour of Amsterdam and Paris, we shot elements for the video to the title track of the album. It features cameos from Marcia Griffiths, Queen Ifrica and Anthony B and that will be released in a couple of weeks.”
“For my fans overseas, my management team has been in dialogue with promoters who have all shown their support for me and my situation and for that I thank them.”
“For my family, you have stood by me through thick and thin and I know you will continue to do so. In my time away, I have made the necessary arrangements with my management team to have you taken care of until my return.”
“To my band, Hi-Voltage, you have toured the world with me and have been a tower of strength. Continue to make good music until I return, ‘cause the mission will continue.”
“I know that my Facebook page has been inactive for a while, but, starting this week, Shane Brown, head of Juke Boxx management team, will assume direct control of my twitter account – @busysignal_turf and my Facebook page –www.facebook.com/OneBusySignal. I will be kept updated so please continue to send your love, support and prayers through these channels, as they keep me going.”
“To my legal team, KD Knight, Bert Samuels and Roxanne Mars, your positive words and unfailing belief and support in me and my case have made this situation a little easier to bear. Thank you very much.”
Finally my friends, my fans and my family, thank you again from the depths of my heart. Please keep me in your prayers. ‘We not going down, cause God alone controls my destiny.’”
Busy Signal is reportedly wanted on several drug charges in the United States. However, his attorney, K.D. Knightexplained on Thursday that he cannot be tried on any of those charges given that they were not the subject matter of this particular case. Additionally, Knight insisted should the U.S. attempt to try him on those charges, it would violate a treaty agreement and could result in very serious consequences.
Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendale Gordon remains renowned for classics such as These Are The Days, Nah Go Jail Again, Step Out, Night Shift and In Her Belly.