CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 18, 2009: Today marks the eighth day since the arrest of controversial reggae singer, Buju Banton. But so far, his record label has maintained its silence, issuing no statements nor responding to no media queries.
A CWNN request for comment to Banton’s Gargamel Music label’s GM, Tracii McGregor, has so far gone unanswered even as many continue to question the sense in such silence.
On the label’s website, Banton’s `A Little Bit of Sorry,` continued to play on but there was also no mention of the now famous arrest, which has been flashed around the world many times over.
Instead, the last release out of the label was issued on Nov. 27th as they announced that Banton would be signing copies of his new `Rasta Got Soul` album in Brooklyn on Dec. 2.
Banton and his Shiloh Band were also set to play two dates in the New York area: December 8th at Amazura in Queens and December 9th at the St. George Theater in Staten Island.
Banton, born Mark Anthony Myrie, was arrested on Dec. 10th in Florida. He was indicted on December 15th. The federal indictment claims that Myrie, along with Ian Thomas and James Jackson Mack, `knowingly and willing fully conspired with each other and with others to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a substance containing a delectable amount of cocaine.`
If convicted, he faces 20 to life on the charge while all property deemed to have been gained from drug distribution could be forfeited. Banton has proclaimed his innocence and on Wednesday waived his right to a bail hearing in Miami, choosing instead to be transferred to Tampa for a trial.