Though any hopes of an early exit from federal prison in the United States have been all but quashed, Grammy-winning singjay, Buju Banton continues to find ways to keep himself busy as he serves the final three-and-a-half years of his 10-year sentence on drug charges.
The singer, who is currently housed at a facility in Georgia has been pursuing a Master’s degree while behind bars. However, still passionate about his first love, Buju was recently pictured performing with a small band for fellow prisoners. A Jamaican flag can be seen in the picture, which made the rounds on social media this past weekend.
These visuals brought a smile on the faces of his fans, including on this supporters’ page, who have been dreaming of his return to the music scene for some time. Fellow entertainer, Bounty Killer also weighed in on the picture on his official Instagram page with the message, “BUJU BANTON Performing live last week inside the facility keeping the spirit alive blessings goes out to him and his family the Jamaican flag visual too patriotic #FreeBuju and #GiveKartelhisappeal #freedomisamust”
While in prison, Buju song releases have been few and far between, unlike fellow incarcerated Jamaican musician, Vybz Kartel. Penthouse Records producer/CEO, Donovan Germain recently revealed that his label is holding on to a lot of material the entertainer recorded prior to his legal troubles as a measure of quality control, ensuring fans only get the best of the legendary artist.
Buju recently waived all rights to appeal his conviction on drug charges after law enforcement officials warned that a gun charge that was previously thrown out during his sentencing would be reinstated had he gone through with it.
Veteran Reggae crooner, Junior Reid will be releasing his 17th studio album, Junior Reid: The Living Legend on August 25.
The former member of the Grammy-winning band, Black Uhuru will host a release party for the compilation, his first studio album in over 10 years, at his Crescent Court guest house in St. Andrew. The 19-track album features singles such as Love You Back, Same Boat and Lonely Girl as well as collaboration with fellow reggae stars, Sizzla and Julian Marley.
Producers on the project include Lynford ‘Fatta’ Marshall and his son, Adoney Reid. The album includes a combination of roots-rock and pop sounds.
Reid is one of the most revered Reggae musicians around, releasing classics such as One Blood, Foreign Mindand more. He has also featured on hit international collaborations such as It’s Okay alongside The Game, the remix of This Is Why I’m Hot alongside MIMS and Cham and No One with Alicia Keys.
After several years away from the mainstream music scene due to the fulfilling of military duties in the United States, dancehall artist Zumjay has returned to the spotlight, performing his first live show in several years at Club Ciboney in Poughkeepsie, New York.
The show entitled Jealous Ova, which took place last Saturday also featured emerging dancehall sensation, Dexta Daps and production heavyweights, Daseca, who backed Zumjay on the turn tables. The deejay, who burst onto the scene in the early 2000s, went back in time for a packed house at the club as he delved into hits such as Zumjay News and Shake It as well as Rise It Up and emotionally-charged performance of the uplifting single, Live On, which the crowd sang along to.
During the performance, Zumjay talked some about his experience in the United States Army Reserve, whom he joined in 2009 as an alternative to provide for his family while studying for a video technology degree at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He mentioned his tour of duty while in the Reserves in the Middle East, where he told the audience, “Never give up on your dreams no matter how hard life may seem,” before performing his song, In God We Trust.
The show was hailed as a success on social media and by the entertainer himself.
Zumjay reportedly has more performances lined up for the remainder of 2015, including one alongside Bling Dawg this November.