Buju Banton gun conviction dismissed as trial juror could face contempt charge

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

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Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton has received a reprieve in his fight to overturn his drug conviction as a gun charge against the entertainer was dismissed during a hearing inside a Florida courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

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The ruling, handed down by Judge James Moody was made after it was determined that Terri Wright, a juror in Buju’s February 2011 drug trial, violated federal court orders by independently researching aspects of the singjay’s case. This means that Buju, currently serving a ten-year prison term on several drug-related charges, will not have to serve five additional years as a result of the gun charge, which was reinstated following a failed appeal last summer.

Judge Moody has ordered the United States government to slap a criminal contempt charge against Wright as a result of her alleged misconduct. Wright could face up to six months in prison, as well as a fine if found guilty on contempt.

Buju’s lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba maintains that he was happy about the judge’s rulings, but thinks the entire drug case against his client should have been thrown out, telling the Tampa Bay Times, “If we can’t believe her on the Pinkerton issue, we can’t believe her on anything else.”

Last October, Buju’s legal team requested that the entertainer’s drug conviction be overturned and that he be granted a new trial days after a report came out in a Florida newspaper that Wright had admitted to researching facts of Buju’s case on her laptop.

During a hearing in April, it was found that Wright has submitted the wrong hard drive to a forensic examiner hired by Buju’s legal team as they tried to determine whether Wright had researched aspects of the singer’s drug case during the February 2011 timeline. This revelation led to Wednesday’s hearing, where Wright was deemed to have lied about her behavior during the trial.

Gyptian’s ‘Hold Yuh’ certified gold

Gyptian has accomplished a major feat as his single, 'Hold Yuh' is the first song by a Jamaican artist since 2005 to achieve gold status.

Gyptian has accomplished a major feat as his single, ‘Hold Yuh’ is the first song by a Jamaican artist since 2005 to achieve gold status.

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Accomplished Reggae/Dancehall star, Gyptian has made a bit of history thanks to arguably his biggest hit as his 2010 single, Hold Yuh is now certified gold.

On Thursday, it was announced that Hold Yuh was officially declared a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), meaning it has now eclipsed 500,000 copies sold. The song, produced byRicky Blaze is the first by a Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae artist to be certified gold since Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley’s Grammy-winning single, Welcome to Jamrockachieved such status in 2005.

Hold Yuh gained Gyptian mass international recognition over the last three years; earning him a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award for Best Reggae Act and a Soul Train award forBest Reggae Artiste in 2010. It also earned him spots on several Billboard charts and topped charts in the Caribbean, North America and Europe.

Sean Paul is the only other Jamaican artist in the last 10 years to be certified gold as his singles, We Be Burning, Temperature,Give It Up To Me (feat. Keyshia Cole) andBreak It Off (feat. Rihanna) all top the half-a-million mark in copies sold.

Damian Marley, Mr. Vegas and Tarrus Riley cop multiple awards at IRAWMA

Damian Marley won two awards, including the Bob Marley Entertainer of the Year award at the 2013 edition of IRAWMA, held on May 3. Credits:   www.hollywoodreporter.com

Damian Marley won two awards, including the Bob Marley Entertainer of the Year award at the 2013 edition of IRAWMA, held on May 3.
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Accomplished Reggae/Dancehall acts,Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Mr. Vegas andTarrus Riley are celebrating triumphs achieved at this year’s International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) after each winning two honors during the show.

The event, which took place at the Coral Spring Centre for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale Saturday night was highlighted by the three men, who were the only Jamaican acts to take home multiple awards on the night. Marley took home Entertainer of the Year and Best Crossover Song for his chart-topping collaboration with Skrillex (Bun Dem). Riley copped the awards for Best Male Vocalist and Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer while Mr. Vegas won Best Song for Sweet Jamaicaand Best Music Video for Bruk It Down.

Lady Saw and Etana were the biggest winners of the night amongst females as they won awards for Best Female Deejay/Rapper andBest Female Vocalist respectively. Romain Virgo was honored for his breakout year in 2012 with the Most Promising Entertaineraward while Konshens also has his remarkable year consolidated with the Best Male Deejay/Rapper award.

Other notable winners included Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor for Producer of the Year, Dean Fraser for Best Instrumentals, Mutaburuka for Best Poet/Spoken Words and Third World for Best Caribbean Entertainers. Below are the rest of Jamaican winners at IRAWMA 2013.