CaribWorldNews, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Dec. 10, 2010: Jamaican-born reggae singer Buju Banton has been approved for work in the new year.
The singer got Judge James S. Moody, Jr. this week to agree to a allow him to work on January 16, 2011, instead of December 26th. The change was required, according to Banton`s attorney David Markus, since the promoters of the event were forced to change the date.
Banton had initially been denied the work permit but Judge Moody overturned the initial ruling by a fellow judge and this week also agreed to the date change after the defense assured him the same security precautions will be in place.
The concert is now being billed by promoters as Buju Banton Live On Stage for one night only. The show will be held at Bayfront Park AMPHITHEATRE, 301 North Biscayne Blvd, downtown Miami. While the show will feature Buju alone, top Dancehall, Reggae, Hip-Hop and R&B artists are slated to be added while music will be by New Yorks` Hot 97 finest, Massive B with Bobby Konders, Jabba and Shotta. Banton is slated to be performing hits like, `Bogle,` `Destiny`, `I Wanna Be Loved,` `Driver,` `Untold Story,` `Til I Lay To Rest` and tracks from his new Grammy nominated album, `Before the Dawn.`
The concert comes as prosecutors voiced their opposition to a defense motion this week to have the gun charge against Banton dropped. Markus claimed in his motion that the charge is `multiplicitous` and `without merit,` and should be denied. But prosecutors say the court`s earlier rulings should remain in force and the defendant`s motion should be denied. The court is expected to rule on the matter shortly.
Banton and his co-accused, James Mack and Ian Thomas, were arrested last December after US law-enforcement agents allegedly recorded them planning a drug deal. Mack and Thomas, who were held when he went to purchase the coke, subsequently pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. But Banton, who has repeatedly claimed he was not guilty, faced the court in a trial which ended in a hung jury.
He is now out on bail and scheduled to return to court for a second trial early next year.