One year ago, reports surfaced that there would be an early release for incarcerated reggae hit maker, Mark Myrie, best known as Buju Banton. This week, fans of the entertainer were again reminded of their Caribbean superstar’s imminent release, this time being informed that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has slashed a year off his sentence, placing his release date as December 8th, 2018. According to previous reports, the ‘Optimistic Soul’ singer had originally been scheduled for release in December 2019.
On his BujuOfficial Instagram account on Tuesday, a simple image of the entertainer was captioned, “To thine own self be true.” There was no semblance of excitement or confirmation of any media reports. Three days prior, the account reflected greetings from the incarcerated star on the occasion of the New Year and beneath it, over 50 comments suggesting that the man many believe to be innocent of drug related charges, would soon be free.
In Trinidad and Tobago- the place Buju Banton last performed before being arrested and charged in the United States, the excitement could not be tempered. With every news report, in recent months of the possibility of the artiste’s early release, there have been cheers of anticipation for what many know will be the biggest concert to hit local shores, possibly ever. Buju Banton’s fanbase remains in tact in Trinidad and Tobago and across the world. His music has stood the test of time and when all else fails DJs understand that Gargamel’s countless hits, never do.
The wait has been long, however with one year to go, we anticipate that the man many love for songs like, “Not An Easy Road,” “Shiloh,”, “Till I’m Laid To Rest,” and “Untold Stories,” will bring much wisdom and inspiration to the youth of the world, when he is reunited with the people whose hearts have held him close for so many years.