Thursday, 8 December 2016
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016
According to Joseph, Ruffian (given name is Sharon Peterkin) is currently being held at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.
She had contacted me to say that she is not missing, but is being held at the detention centre. She gave me her detention number and didn’t say much except that she is not being charged with an offence, and was held with others in a vehicle. It’s a matter of her being at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
Joseph said since her detention, the singjay has already made two court appearances and will be returning to court next month. He did not say how she came to be in the United States, but said a family member reported her missing to local authorities when he came home in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, and was unable to locate her.
Ruffian emerged on the reggae/dancehall scene in the 1990s. She has released songs, including the Steelie & Cleevie-produced Stick To Yuh Man as well as the 2009 social commentary Save the Juvenile.
She subsequently released a 16-track debut album entitled Save the Juvenile, which was a collaborative effort with reggae journeyman Max Romeo.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Nothing is more fitting to"Tek Set"a Jamaican Dancehall musician (born Raynold Smith 27th of September 1978). now the Artist to watch with his new single "All About The Money" a track Produced by grammy winning engineer Jermaine Reid on the Gold Dynasty label one that we all can relate to according to "Tek Set"
While speaking with Djslick44 futuristik musician publicist, he said he is getting a good feedback from friends and fans and a lot of promoters been calling since Dj "Talia Powers" on "IRIE FM" premiering the track he also send a big shout out to Stampede Street Chart for highlighting
the recording artiste said he consider money a tool that you can use creatively to build a better life for yourself and the people you care about. and the universal lament about money is that there is never enough
Sunday, 4 September 2016
EVEN though shots from gunmen 12 years ago left him paralysed and confined to a wheelchair, singer Real VI says his musical dreams are far from shattered.
“In this single, I just sum up the entire ordeal in three minutes. It’s about getting a setback in life, but rising above it despite the obstacles. I really hope that my story will be an inspiration to others,” he said.
Reflecting on the 2004 shooting, Real VI said he started the morning like any other.
“I got up and was sweeping my yard and went next door to borrow my neighbour’s rake. After entering, I realised that there were gunmen hiding out on his premises, and I guess they were startled as I was, so they fired at me,” he recalled.
The 39-year-old artiste, whose given name is Cosmo Watson, said the bullets pierced his neck and spinal chord.
“There were days when I would just lay there and think about what my destiny would be. I sometimes wonder if I would make it out alive or not and what have I done to deserve such an ordeal. But God was still in the vessel and He has major plans for me. I am still doing therapy, and with God’s will and my determination I will walk again,” he said.
Angels Watching Over Me is produced by Earthsource Records out of New York. The label also produced
Successful, another of Real VI’s new songs.
Growing up in Seaview Gardens in Kingston, Real VI attended Tivoli Gardens Comprehensive High School. At age 14, he recorded
Evil Path, his debut single, for Sugar Minott’s Youthman Promotions. This was followed by other singles such as
Ain’t No Stopping Us,
Rich Mi Sey, Baby Girl, and Question.
Saturday, 3 September 2016
Pastor Proud Of Mr Vegas, And Want Beenie, Bounty To Inspire Positive Change In The Nation's Youths.
Renowned minister of religion, Reverend Herro Blair Jr, said he is actively praying for a number of dancehall artistes, who he hopes will soon turn their lives over to the Lord, and influence the nation's misguided youths to follow suit.
The reverend said dancehall artiste Mr Vegas, who recently announced that he has taken up the Christian walk, was among the list of dancehall artistes he is praying for. Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, D'Angel, and Shabba are also holding high spots on his list.
"I'm very proud of Mr Vegas. I've been following him personally for the last three years and I've been waiting for this moment. In fact, I've been praying, and I've been anticipating it. There are a few others that I'm personally praying for," Blair revealed .
He said that he has been praying for various dancehall artistes for about 26 years, and Shabba is the only person on the original list who has not yet turned his life of the Lord.
"Back in the 80s, I was a Junior Tucker fan, and I prayed for him. I prayed for Chevelle Franklyn. I prayed for Lieutenant Stitchie. I prayed for Papa San. Shabba still hasn't come around, but his mother says he's coming," Blair said.
He explained that he does not necessarily want the artistes on his current list to become Christian entertainers, but for them to give their lives to the Lord and continue using their influence to inspire positive change in the nation's youths.
"These guys (artistes) have been able to influence Jamaican men over the years, so my prayer has been that when they get saved they sing positive music to transform the nation, not necessarily gospel music, but positive songs that appeal to everyone," Blair explained.
Both Beenie Man and D'Angel said that they are grateful for the Blair's prayers.
"I embrace all the prayers that he is giving, because it's all about positiveness. Prayer is the strongest thing on the earth, so if somebody is praying for you to be better and be stronger in anything that you're doing, I embrace that 100 per cent," Beenie Man said.
"I am a man of God. I love God in my own way, and I pray to God everyday."
He, however, said he has no plans of becoming a baptised Christian.
D'Angel, who buried her recently, also expressed gratitude.
"I just want to say thanks to the Reverend and ask him to continue keeping me in his prayers. I am a God-fearing person and someone that is very influential among the youths, mainly from Spanish Town, but I've always had challenges that I have to overcome," she said.
The dancehall artiste who recently decided to give his life to Jesus, said he is keeping the vigil to send a strong message to criminals that they must stop murdering the innocent youths of Jamaica.
“The life of an innocent two-year-old child was recently snuffed out by heartless gunmen, what they did to little Demario is barbaric. We can’t continue like this Jamaica, something has to be done we have to send a message to them to let them know that they must stop killing our children,” said Vegas. "Jesus said 'Suffer the little children to come unto to me and I will give them rest'. We are doing this Vigil for Demario who’s now resting in the arms of the saviour."
Vegas appeal to members of the public to come out on time for the vigil and bring candles and flowers.
“I want everyone to come on time, take candles and flowers, let's send a strong message to killers; it’s time to let them know that the violence and crime must end,” he said.
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Monday, 29 August 2016
This mix-tape is like no other you have heard before, The Kasha Rootz Band has 4 Vocalist with music to uplift and heal the your soul. Ras Zacharri, Tchiya Amet, lenni I, Iyah Major and Joseph (guitarist) are just a few of Kasha Rootz Band members
Kasha Rootz although a young group in term of its members’ age and time together, are extremely devoted to their music, vibrant, full of energy and enthusiasm. Kasha Rootz is a synergy of youthful, vibrant, organic roots reggae musicians. Who take a holistic approach towards music with an emphasis on atonement. Kasha Rootz is more than music but a life style.
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Thursday, 4 August 2016
"Jahdore" is once agaiñ in the spotlight and now the Artiste to watch with his new single called "Mi Cologne" Produce by JDMP Records now creating a buzz in the dancehall arena having patrons asking for Cologne
Djslick44 who went out to a party in a well known community to see what the response were with the song tell our news team that
The Selector who got the track to play introduce the song by telling his fans he can't do without his "Cologne" now the cops want to take his "Cologne" , When he started playing the song he said listen " Mek Mi Tell yuh bout Mi Cologne" by the end of the song a few people began asking and begging for the track to be played again loving the concept of "Jahdore" reggae music Djslick44 said
You just have to watch and listen more about "Jahdore " and his Cologne
known for his hit single "LOVE IS OVER" Which has hit number one on the Jamaica music Countdown Top 25 Reggae singles chart.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
The funeral for late dancehall deejay Delmark ‘Delus’ Spence is scheduled for the Church of Resurrection, 1 Dickens Avenue in Duhaney Park in St Andrew, on Saturday, July 23.
The date was announced by the entertainer’s mother, Winsome Worthington, through a Facebook post.
“Rest in peace, my sweet son, my first-born, Delus. You will never be forgotten, mother will always love you forever,” the photo caption read.
Delus, older brother of dancehall artiste Konshens, died on June 22.
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Rising singjay Jae Prynse said his latest single Ride Or Die is making strides, even before it has been offically released.
“The song is yet-to-be released, but it is getting favourable respones in the parties, online, radio stations and so on.
It is one of those songs that speaks on love and about a girl that sticks with you, no matter what is going on in your life. Kinda like a Bonnie and Clyde thing,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
Produced by Ca Tamed and Live MB Music, Ride Or Die is slated to be released later this month.
Last month, the entertainer embarked on a gig in England with reggae singers Jah Bouks and Luciano.
According to Jae Prynse, he was thrilled and grateful for the audience’s response to his songs.
Friday, 17 June 2016
in his latest single he warn take care of the youths they are the Doctors of tomorrow
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Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Ali was not just a boxer but a civil rights champion who was dubbed the greatest and spent his career doing nothing to live down that moniker.
the former world heavyweight champion who died in Phoenix, Arizona last Friday, visited Jamaica on two occasions, in the 1970s and 1980s.
Ali’s first visit to Jamaica was in 1974. He came as a member of a delegation of the Nation of Islam, headed by Minister James Muhammad, younger brother of Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Chica bygo-based organisation.
The delegation also included Minister Louis Farrakhan.
They took a one-month tour of Jamaica as guests of Prime Minister Michael Manley.
Ali received the Key to the City of Kingston at Jamaica’s National Stadium.
The trip was especially important as it not only followed Ali regaining his world heavyweight title from George Foreman in Zaire, Africa, after Foreman had won it from Joe Frazier in Kingston in 1973,
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Buju Banton – Show Me
Stacious – Compose
Vybz Kartel – Beautiful
G7 – Needle Eye (Radio)& (Raw)
Jahvillani – Fi Mi Something
Lady Ali X Rico Tayla – Good Love (Radio)& Good F**k (Raw)
Studio Vibes – Game Changer Riddim (Instrumental)
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Singer Prince has died at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at the age of 57, his publicist tells the Associated Press (AP).
The Purple Rain artiste was hospitalised last week after his plane for was forced to make an emergency landing in Moline, Ill.
He was released a few hours later. Reports are that the iconic singer, actor, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was battling a bad case of the flu.
a man has come out saying late pop singer Prince was a drug addict. Name only as Doctor D
The man said he sold drugs to Prince between 1984 and 2008.
Doctor D claims Prince would spend up to $40,000 (£27,700) on six month supplies of highly addictive Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches.
He made the revelation to the UK based media entity, MailOnline.
“I first met Prince in 1984 while he was filming the movie Purple Rain and he was already majorly addicted to opiates - I didn’t hook him on drugs. He was already a really heavy user," he said.
But Prince did not just use any drug, he specialised in what he took and for specific reasons.
"As far as I knew he never took heroin - as that would leave you out of it for days whereas Dilaudid gives you an energy buzz as well as making you feel relaxed - so he preferred it,"
Thursday, 14 April 2016
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Monday, 11 April 2016
fans have been on the edge of their all week to find out what would happen and who would temporarily replace Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall host, Yanique and judge, Miss Kitty.
The two were suspended following a public debaacle last Saturday night.
But the wait is over. On Saturday night's airing of the show, Host of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) E CT-Prime, Krystal Tomlinson was announced as the person who would host the show for the night.
Dancehall artiste Pamputtae was announced as one of the judges and DJ Sunshine was introduced as a guest judge.
Before the start of the show on Saturday night, Miss Kitty and Yanique apologised simultaneously for last week's incident.
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Sunday, 3 April 2016
Gilmore Grant, co-founder of harmony group The Silvertones, died last Wednesday at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). He was 72.
Keith Coley, who started the trio with Grant and Delroy Denton in 1964, told the Jamaica Observer he last spoke to his friend on Monday.
“Him tell mi him stomach wasn’t feeling too well an’ him was going to ‘Public’(Kingston Public Hospital). Wednesday I shock fi hear him dead,” said Coley.
Violet Grant, one of his six children, said Grant had experienced stomach pains since his return from Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, two weeks ago, where The Silvertones did a show.
He went to the hospital on Monday and was admitted there the following morning.
Grant and Coley co-wrote the song Smile, which was recorded for producer Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd in 1977. Smile, which is The Silvertones signature, featured Coley on lead vocals. It has been covered by several artistes.
Grant wrote and sang lead on some of The Silvertones’ songs, including Suffering Child and Stop Crying. The group had other hits,including a cover of Brook Benton’s True Confession and Guns Fever.
Born in Highgate, St Mary, Gilmore Grant is survived by his wife, children and several grandchildren. His funeral service is scheduled for April 23 at the Galilee Gospel Hall Church.
Reggae artiste Chronixx is again under fire on social media. This time at the hands of Vybz Kartel's die hard fans, who claim Chronixx was disrespectful to the incarcerated artiste by classifying him as a cannibal.
Chronixx who made the comment during a recent interview about crime and Jamaican music, has been relatively missing from the Jamaican media since his controversial 'waste man' statement that was directed at United States President Barack Obama last year.
In the recent interview in which he made strong criticisms of Vybz Kartel, Chronixx also lashed the media for its tendency to highlight negative issues.
"A man will write an article about how bad this generation is all the time. But how many articles will you see about the good? We have become a very negative driven people. Vybz Kartel has done a lot of good things in life, I must say so. It's just that we pull the negative out of each other and we pay people for the bad," he said.
"Gangsterism, Cannibalism ... because Vybz Kartel overtime became a cannibal. When you listen his music it was very cannibalistic. It became so pleasant to the human like there is a thing in us that craves chopping up people and beheading people and cut out a man inside."
Chronixx also brought Vybz Kartel's single Kill Dem All And Done under the microscope, selling the idea that the content was not positive for youth, yet they crave such material.
"When you see how youth react to a song that says go and kill everybody, kill dem all and done ... and everybody excited," he said, laughing.
Chronixx's comments were seemingly meant to enlighten listeners. However, as expected, fans of Vybz Kartel decided to attack the artiste.
These are a few of the comment posted on Facebook
Lose off a him from him call President Obama a waste man....I don't see Kartel singing about "kill them all a done" means he is a cannibal,its a song like so many others....Because a cannibal is someone who eats human flesh,
I never hears that Kartel ate anyone before...just some loose argument that he needs to be empowered instead of just shooting off at the lips
"Di man get fight more than every artiste in this world. The man behind bars and a run it and dem still a try fight di boss. Free di music daddy," one fan posted on Facebook.
Another then attacked Chronixx saying, "Chronixx, you can't walk in Vybz Kartel shoes. You are below the food chain level. You think your song Who Knows is nothing? Bwoy, mi not even a go disrespect you 'cause you are a lost cause. Yuh not bad like him finger tip."
Some fans also felt Vybz Kartel should be allowed to serve his time without backlash, as he was not the first to sing explicit songs.
"Chronixx, don't go there with that bull. The man in jail, give the man a break do your thing. I am 50 and I have been going to dance before you was born. Deejays like Echo Slackness and Yellow Man used to sing slackness long before Kartel," one viewer posted.
Though the majority of the comments showed support for Vybz Kartel, there were a few persons who supported Chronixx.
"This a very intelligent analysis of the impact that dark mind dancehall artistes have on the Jamaican society. Their degradation of self, murderous messages, unhealthy sexual practises and the promotion of the fast life cannot go unnoticed," a Facebook user posted.
Efforts to get a follow-up comment from Chronixx were unsuccessful.
Dancehall deejay, Busy Signal’s music is once again featured in a commercial for an international brand. This time it is Korean giant LG’s TV commercial for their new flagship phone G5. The clip was released on April 1.
The single, Everybody Move which was originally released by Busy in 2014, is the background song to a drama filled advertisement with action star, Jason Statham.
In in the one minute video which has garnered over nearly 40,000 views so far, sees Statham racing through a city to the blaring sound of Busy's song.
In 2013, the deejay’s music was the background sound to an advertisement, led by football superstar, Lionel Messi. The single, Watch Out Fi Dis, was the song that featured heavily in the advertisement.
The singjay was one of the faces in the launch of Pepsi Bubbla back in 2011.
The entertainer who burst onto the Dancehall scene in the early 2000s has received continued success in the industry. His collaboration with Major Lazer in the form of “Watch Out fi dis” which has over 97 million views on Youtube.
Thursday, 24 March 2016
Dancehall producer Marcus Myrie has parted ways with his long time friend and former business associate I-Octane.
Marcus said the split was inevitable since the relationship was rocky for months. He said I-Octane recently crossed the line when he dissed him in a song then deleted him from social media because he showed support for rival dancehall artiste Popcaan.
Marcus posted two diss songs aimed at I-Octane on his social media page on the weekend, both recorded by his artiste D East. The producer said unlike I-Octane, his camp is not into beating around the bush.
"Me and I-Octane nah deal from July. Mi put up a video on Instagram using the slang 'Kickout' and he and his manager called me about it and was chatting up a bag of things. After that, they blocked me on Whats App because dem and Popcaan nuh good. Wi split and a do wi own thing, then him a guh sing song seh boy sell out dem friend for Mark X. At the time a me a drive a Mark X, suh mi know a me him a talk," he said.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Iconic reggae singer Jimmy Riley is dead.
Djslick44 Music News understands that "Jimmy Riley" who is the father of reggae artiste Tarrus Riley, died on Tuesday after battling with cancer.
Known for hits like Love and Devotion and Give Thanks And Praise,
Many who have heard the news thought it was untrue, Fans started Question and asking Radio Personnel "Elise Kelly" if the Facts were true, While she was doing Her Show @Iriefm. Which she indicated the Artiste is Dead
Since news began circulating on Wednesday morning a number of persons have taken to social media to express their sentiments.
Tarrus Riley's label mate, Alaine was among the first to show support.
"Sending sincere condolences to @tarrusrileyja for the loss of his father. Only God knows the pain we feel and only God will heal it. #restinloveJimmyRiley #Godcomfortyourfamily #loveneverdies," she wrote.
Jimmy Riley was 68.
Imprisoned artiste Buju Banton has reached out to fans, pleading with them “not be distracted by all the things that are taking place around them”.
In a statement published in Vibe Magazine’s popular Boomshots column, Buju, 43, also blasted contemporary music, describing it as “meaningless”.
The Grammy-winning singjay is in the fifth of a 10-year sentence on drug-related offences. He is serving time in a federal prison in Florida.
The following is the full text of Buju’s statement.
“Tell my fans do not be distracted by all the things that are taking place around them because it is designed to throw them off kilter, to make moral decadence even more widespread than it already is, and plunge people into a state of darkness.
“They’re trying to reverse the progress that we have made over the years through the music. And now the music is meaningless. It doesn’t stimulate, it doesn’t educate, it doesn’t reinvigorate.
All it does is get you angry because it’s filled with nothing but narcissists exalting themselves over the earthly possessions that they have managed to get. They don’t even have anything—it’s crumbs.
“And therefore, the music is suffering. The people are suffering. Sadness and gloom is prevailing. It’s widespread. But be patient. Because suffering may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
THREE teenagers have been charged with the murder of 19-year-old Menelik McClymont, who died on Sunday, February 28, as a result of stab wounds he received the day before.
McClymont is the son of reggae singer Luciano.
Charged are: Jerome Coombs, 18, of Bob Marley Boulevard in Cooreville Gardens, Kingston 20; Camanie Shaw, 18; and Nashlyn Anderson, 18, both of Ambrook Lane, Kingston 10.
They are scheduled to appear in the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court in St Andrew, on Friday.
The day his son died, Luciano appealed in a video post on social media that anyone who had information should report the matter to the police.
“Dem kill mi son. The youth a go school ... Anyone who have any information leading up to this,” he said, in part.
According to information from the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN), McClymont was stabbed several times on Saturday, February 27, around 2:30 pm in the vicinity of Parkington Plaza on Half-Way-Tree Road, St Andrew.
He was rushed to hospital
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Monday, 7 March 2016
Gully Bob in a small interview with the Vibes Queen "Lady Rannea" at Irie Fm.net
told lady Rennea that he was in a accident over the weekend, Which he almost lost his life. Gully Bop who is now in pain introduce his Queen to lady Rennae on Iriefm.net radio.
Speaking to lady Rennea on Irie Fm she said the recording artiste is taking care of and a man with no teeth make the best love.
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016
Dancehall artiste Gully Bop said he is tired of people taking advantage of him, especially those put in charge of managing his career.
A disappointed Bop said that he is now contemplating leaving the island's shores in hopes of finding someone he can trust with his career.
The artiste said that he has had too many bad experiences with the local persons put in charge of his career and wants to now explore his options.
He claims that he has not been able to hold onto a manager because people are always trying to take advantage of him. "Everybody just want to use Bop and leave," he said. "Dem just a look out fi themselves and not my interests. Dem just want to take wat they can get, and I'm tired of it."
The deejay went on to reveal that he will be travelling overseas soon in hopes of finding a new manager. "Right now, a overseas me a look yah cause di people dem out here a users. It's time for me to look out for myself and, right now, that mean say mi affi look outside."
Bop said he is planning on travelling to Canada or the United States to find someone. Although he is adamant about finding someone outside of the country to manage his career, Bop has not totally given up on his people.
"It's not like mi a count out nuhbody because if me find somebody here weh really want fi help mi and not themself, den I will give them a chance, but right now, mi affi try somebody new," the deejay said.
The entertainer recently parted ways with manager Karl Durrant. Durrant had taken up the responsibility of managing the artiste after ex-fiance Chin Chin gave up the position following a nasty fall-out between the two. The relationship between Durrant and Bop, however, was short-lived.
A giant of Jamaica’s music industry, "Merritone Blake" die on Saturday, Feburary 27, at age 75.
His friend and neighbour, Michael Hall, told the Jamaica Observer that the legendary sound system man died at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).
Hall said Blake suffered a stroke in January and was recuperating at home. On Wednesday he was admitted to the UHWI after feeling ill.
Doctors there said he ‘took a turn for the worst’ on Friday and died at 5:30 am Saturday.
The Blake family is synonymous with the Merritone sound system, which was started by father Val Blake in 1950 in St Thomas. While still at Kingston College, Winston and his older brother Trevor took over operations of the ‘set’ in 1956 when their father died.
Winston Blake was also a music producer and promoter of talent contests that helped to launch the careers of his wife Cynthia Schloss and Beres Hammond.
He produced several of Schloss’s hit songs, including Love Forever and Surround Me With Love. She died in 1999.
In recent years, he was a founding member of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes, and continued to play Thursdays at the Waterfalls club in St Andrew.
Blake — who was awarded the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican Government in 1995 — is survived by brothers Trevor and Monty (Tyrone died in 2012), children and grandchildren.
Monday, 29 February 2016
Bouvier Clarke, the widow of late reggae singer William Clarke, aka 'Bunny Rugs', has rubbished claims that she and her family are trying to damage the name and reputation of internationally renowned reggae band Third World, this after lawyers representing the band claimed that Clarke's pending lawsuit against Third World is a ploy to damage the band's "good name".
Clarke told The Jamaica Gleaner that her decision to file a lawsuit against the band is based on their negligence and not her own agenda.
"This is really hard for me and very stressful," she said. "It is not something I want to do because the relationship my late husband had with the band was not a negative one ... . They were like brothers, but I've been trying to reach out to the band regarding money/payments owed to my husband and I have not been getting any response."
She went on to say that she has no knowledge of the types of contracts her late husband signed with the band and has been seeking to find out exactly what
Friday, 19 February 2016
DANCEHALL artiste Popcaan was fined $25,000 for assaulting a police officer at the Norman Manley International airport in 2013.
The entertainer, whose given name is Andre Sutherland, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.
He was charged for assault occasioning actual bodily harm. This is not the first time that the Never Sober artiste has found himself on an assault rap.
In 2010, he and two other men were charged for assaulting a pilot at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Bahamas. The charges were subsequently dropped.
A judge has suggested that Buju Banton or any other Rastafarian serving time in prison could take court action in an attempt to be allowed to use marijuana as part of their religious beliefs and culture.
Judge Charles Gibson said it could result in a declaration that U.S. drug laws and the Religious freedoms protected in the constituion are incompatible.
The issue that would arise, however, is that most Rastas believe that Rasta is a way of life and not a religion. So it could end up being one of those, “you can’t habe it both ways” argument. If the movement is not a religion it cannot be protected under the Freedom of Religion clause.
Marijuana use is recognized as part of Rastafarian culture but even in Jamaica, the birthplace of the Rasta movement, smoking of the plant is not legal.
Although “weed” was not mentioned in the 16 tenets of Rasta, it was considered to be an aid to worship, a medicine and a source of income.