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Supporters of Buju Banton Re-launch Letter Writing Campaign

West Palm Beach, Florida, September 19, 2011 – Supporters of jailed international reggae artiste Mark Anthony Myrie, popularly known as Buju Banton, re-launched the international letter writing campaign started last year. The main focus of the campaign was to get bail for the reggae icon. However, since Buju was unfortunately convicted and recently sentenced, the supporters are now asking the Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the case and correct this grave injustice. The goal is to ensure the government is made aware that the public is concerned about the case and disturbed by Buju’s unjust incarceration.

Organizers of the Letter Writing Campaign want to receive at least 50,000 letters to send to the Attorney General on December 9, 2011 to mark the day Buju was first arrested. They plan on sending letters all at once to increase the impact. They are encouraging friends, fans and supporters worldwide to print out this letter, sign, date and mail it by December 5, 2011 to:

Buju Banton Campaign

2101 Vista Parkway

Suite 4035

West Palm Beach, FL 33412

BELOW IS A COPY OF THE LETTER
Mr. Eric H. Holder
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Dear Attorney General Holder:
I am writing to ask for your intervention regarding a grave injustice against Grammy winner and reggae music icon Buju Banton (legal name Mark Anthony Myrie). The incarceration of this legendary musician is unconscionable. He is currently serving a federal prison sentence for drug related charges.
He was charged as a result of information provided by a professional informant who relentlessly pursued Buju for six months to participate in a drug deal. The professional informant in Buju’s case is a convicted drug trafficker from Colombia. During the trial it was revealed that the informant has been granted legal immigration status in the U.S. and has earned over $3.3 million U.S. dollars (tax-free) for serving as an informant to various U.S. government agencies. Despite his earnings, Mr. Johnson testified that he does not pay taxes, does not pay his credit card bills and has declared bankruptcy. Furthermore, during the trial the lead investigator on the case, Sergeant Dan McCaffrey of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) stated that there was no evidence that Buju was a drug trafficker and that their 13 month investigation yielded nothing.
Buju produces uplifting, positive music comparable to the music of Bob Marley. His work inspires people worldwide. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award, the highest achievement in his field, four times since 1999 and won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2011 for his album “Before the Dawn”. He is one of the leading voices of his generation, shedding light on such issues as the unrelenting violence and abject poverty pervasive in the Third World. He has also represented his country in performances at the Summer Olympics in Greece in 2004 and at the Cricket World Cup Opening in 2007. Buju commemorated Jamaica’s support for President Obama collaborating with Dave Stewart on “American Prayer,” a tribute to the President. Additionally, Buju is a family man, an employer and a generous philanthropist.
Buju’s situation is similar to that of the case of Senator Stevens of Alaska who was found guilty by a jury in October of 2008. The U.S. Justice Department subsequently filed a Motion to Dismiss the Case on the grounds that the prosecution was unfair and exceeded its bounds. This act by the Justice Department did much to increase the nation’s confidence in the justice system.
Given Buju’s cultural contributions, humanitarian efforts and the unfairness of the trial, he should not be languishing in jail at U.S. taxpayers’ expense. I urge you to investigate this matter and take the action necessary to correct this grave injustice.
Sincerely,
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Signature Address
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Name City, State

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Jason SkyWalker Interviewing Buju Banton @ Reggae Sunsplash

As the reports over the past year and a half have shown Dancehall Reggae Superstar Legend Buju Banton was arrested, held in jail for over a year, was then tried and convicted on conspiracy drug charges which could carry 15 years and the crux of the prosecution’s case rested on the testimony of a confidential informant and a recording done on Buju. Buju Banton AKA Mark Anthony Myrie has been such a positive contributor to Caribbean, Reggae, & Jamaican culture that this development will have a tremendous blow on the aforementioned communities not to mention his family, his children. There is a campaign on to ask as many people as possible to write Judge James Moody, who is to sentence Banton Thursday June 23, to ask for leniency and to share with the Judge the positive contributions that he has brought to so many. Below are the addresses of both the Judge and his probation officer who both need to get letter. Also I have an example of a letter that have been sent to the Judge.
Please send in a letter if you can.
Here are the addresses:

The Honourable James S. Moody Jr.
United States District Judge
Tampa Division
801 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33602

Natasha Creamer
U. S. Probation Officer, P.O. Box 390
Tampa, FL 33601.

Dear Colleague;

As you are well aware, Buju Banton faces sentencing on June 23rd for his conviction on the charge conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute. We cannot change the conviction, however, our collective voices can influence the Judge to reduce the suggestion of a 15 year sentence.

Below is my open letter to the judge. If it is within you, add your voice and let the Judge know how you feel regarding the amount of time Buju serves. My letter is included below.
When addressing Ms. Creamer, we must specify that we are writing in support of Mark Myrie a/k/a Buju Banton. Based on the feedback, our letters are making a difference. Together, we will effect change for Buju!

Thank you
Natasha Von Castle

Open letters to Judge James Moody

Dear Judge Moody;
Your honour, I am writing you to make an appeal for leniency and a reduction in the time recommended for the case of Mark Anthony Myrie AKA Buju Banton who you will be sentencing on Thursday June 23. Buju Banton started his amazing career when he was but a teenager in the late eighties, he became a transcendent figure in the Reggae / Dancehall world very quickly. By the age of 21 Banton had already broken the record of having number one hits under the age of 21 in Jamaican history. By the early nineties he began to show the form that would mark his career, he began making music that would speak of positive themes, become a voice for the economically and politically oppressed and started to bring back the popularity of message music in the Dancehall especially.
Banton showed such music in the album Voice of Jamaica, but really blew this concept wide open with the album ‘Til’ Shiloh’ which would have the affect of changing the course of music for the more positive and conscious and by consequence encourage those influenced to be more positive and conscious. He has been a leading voice for the several causes such as the fight against AIDS (Banton launched Operation Willy the non-profit charity organization promoting safe sex education and dedicated to raising funds for children who are HIV positive or have lost their parents to the disease.)
Banton has consistently been a positive manifestation that has inspired many to be better and more than they thought they could have been and has represented the millions of Caribbean people and Reggae lovers around the world in only inspiring ways. All the positive Banton has done by all indications have been done for true sincere reasons, for he began writing such words and doing such deed before the lights and cameras of fame were on him. I know I was blessed to be around from the beginning.
Besides being such an icon for such a large community, he is a loving father, and in this period when so many of our children have been growing without fathers which only has negative repercussions for society in the long run, I appeal your honour to help lessen the time that these children should be away from their father. I leave you with a few of the powerful lyrics that Buju Banton AKA Mark Anthony Myrie has given the world.
Jason Walker,
A Fan, Friend, A lover of Reggae, A Lover of the Caribbean, A Jamaican, A Lover of the Positive

“Close One Yesterday”

One more day in the struggle
Have to get up and juggle
You done know, want a little sugar inna de pan
Me nah see fi trouble, no man
Oh oh oh

Said I had close one yesterday
Jah put an angel over me, be strong
Hold a firm meditation
One day things must get better, don’t you go down
Keep your head above the water
Say, one day things must get better, be strong

Said I had close one yesterday
Jah put an angel over me, be strong
Hold a firm meditation
One day things must get better, don’t you go down
Keep your head above the water
Say, one day things must get better, be strong

The rich is wise in his conceit
But the fool with over standing search him out
Poor man mourn, the rich riches increase
Be not grieved, riches are not forever

Envy not the oppressor choses none of his ways
Be not wise in his own eyes, only jah you must praise
Strive not with a man without cause
If he have done no harm, let by gone be by gone

Said I had close one yesterday
Jah put an angel over me, be strong
Hold a firm meditation
One day things must get better, don’t you go down
Keep your head above the water
Say, one day things must get better, be strong

This nine to five is a joke
Compare to the pressure the minister say
The economy is getting better
Misleading the people

The mass still suffer on jah
Scarce benefit and spoils
Jah know that we feel it day

Buju Banton

Dear Judge Moody;

In your many years within the justice system as a lawyer and Judge, I am sure you have come across cases that have either touched you, or touched the community which you represent. A touch could be a personal understanding of one or some of the components in a case, just as a touch can be pride in knowing that the justice system worked (the way it’s supposed to) in making sure the right people receive the right punishment according to their crime(s).

Your honor, I am writing this letter with the belief that I, on behalf of the community I represent, can appeal to you on a ‘touch’ level.

Before your court is the matter of Mr. Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie who is due to be sentenced on June 23rd by you, for the conviction he received on the charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute. I appeal to you to reduce Buju’s sentence from the recommended 15 years.

Buju is not like any man you will ever meet. He is a friend, a father, a husband and one of the pillars in the Caribbean community; not just Jamaica, but every Caribbean community in every city around the world.

As one of our pillars, he has given the community songs which nourish the soul. This nourishment has turned youths away from crime, has strengthened families and healed those who were not well.

How do we know this is true? The testimony of countless of which I am one. He spoke for me when he sang ‘I wanna go ahead without turning back / and now I see myself heading for the trap / I wanna break free but I feel trapped / a voice inside me saying don’t stop ….’ Those words were taken from the song “Optimistic Soul” which encouraged listeners to not give up, no matter how daunting the situation looks. Those were Buju’s words from 2010. If we go back 10 years before that, we have ‘there was good and evil / we chose good ….’

When an announcement is made that Buju will be performing, the show(s) sell out. Tickets are purchased by people who want a live touch of Buju’s nourishing words. Fans leave the concerts fulfilled and refocused on the right path.

We, the community, need Buju, and we need you to understand his importance to us. Because of these needs, I ask you to not sentence Buju to 15 years in prison. I ask that you consider his humanitarian works with the children of his homeland Jamaica and I ask that you consider his impact on the Caribbean community around the world. Once you’ve considered these, I ask that you set a sentence that will not see Buju away from us for a lengthy period of time.

Thank you,

Natasha Von Castle

Chief Executive Officer and President

L3 Group of Companies

Toronto, ON Canada

Kerrie and Jason Showing the Free Buju Shirt

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ATLANTA TOP 30 REGGAE SINGLES March 2010

RANK TITLE ARTIST LABEL
1 DOLLAR SIGN VYBZ KARTEL LIV UP RECORDS
2 ONE MORE NIGHT BUSY SIGNAL VP
3 LIFE SWEET VYBZ KARTEL ADIDJAHIEM
4 LIONESS ON THE RISE QUEEN IFRICA VP
5 NO GOODBYE BERES HAMMOND VP
6 SOMETHING AGO HAPPEN VYBZ KARTEL VP
7 BABY GIRL I AM ALONE JAH VINCI VP
8 RISE AGAIN SHAGGY, DESTRA, SEAN KINGSTON, ALISON HINDS, SEAN PAUL, ETANA, TESSANNE CHIN & OTHERS BIG YARD
9 2010 JAH CURE DON CORLEONE
10 I NEED TO KNOW WAYNE MARSHALL DON CORLEONE
11 HARD TIMES BUJU BANTON GARGAMEL
12 HUMAN NATURE TARRUS RILEY VP
13 GOOD GIRL GONE BAD TARRUS RILEY FEAT KONSHENS VP
14 WON’T SURRENDER SANCHEZ VP
15 COMING BACK FOR YOU PRESSURE RYMSHOT
16 POWER OF PRAYER BUJU BANTON DADA SON
17 LIFE OF THE GUN TARRUS RILEY VP
18 WASH THE TEARS GRAMPS DADASON
19 EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE PRESSURE RYMSHOT
20 BLESSINGS ETANA & ALBOROSIE VP
21 SO SUPERFLY WAYNE MARSHALL & DING DONG RAHK MUSIC
22 STEPPING OUT ALBOROSIE VP
23 THERE’S NO PAIN ALBOROSIE VP
24 SUFFERATION & POVERTY SIZZLA GREENSLEEVES
25 PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART ERROL MOORE ISLAND GRUVE
26 THERAPY (REMIX) GRAMPS FEAT INDIA IRIE DADA SON
27 CAN’T STAND IT ALBOROSIE FEAT DENNIS BROWN VP
28 RAT RACE SIZZLA GREENSLEEVES
29 LET LOVE IN ERROL MOORE ISLAND GRUVE MUSIC
30 STANDING IN LOVE WAYNE MARSHALL QUICK LINK

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ATLANTA TOP 30 REGGAE
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TOP 30 SINGLES

RANK TITLE ARTIST LABEL
1 RISE AGAIN SHAGGY, DESTRA, SEAN KINGSTON, ALISON HINDS, SEAN PAUL, ETANA, TESSANNE CHIN & OTHERS BIG YARD
2 LOVE FOR HAITI PT 1 ANDY BLOOD ARMSTRONG, ALISON HINDS AND OTHERS Reddhead Records Inc
3 HUMAN NATURE TARRUS RILEY VP
4 ONE MORE NIGHT BUSY SIGNAL VP
5 CALL ON ME JAH CURE FEAT PHYLLISIA DANGER ZONE
6 I AM BLESSED MR VEGAS LIV UP
7 HAITIAN CAPLETON Tremma House
8 BED TIME STORY BUJU BANTON / WYCLEF GARGAMEL
9 LIONESS ON THE RISE QUEEN IFRICA PENTHOUSE / VP
10 START A NEW TARRUS RILEY VP
11 THERE’S NO PAIN SIZZLA GREENSLEEVES
12 GOOD GIRL GONE BAD TARRUS RILEY VP
13 CAN’T BE MY LOVER BUJU BANTON FEAT JOHN LEGEND VP
14 DOLLAR SIGN VYBZ KARTEL LIV UP RECORDS
15 RAT RACE SIZZLA GREENSLEEVES
16 LIFE G-WHIZ VP
17 HARD TIMES BUJU BANTON GARGAMEL
18 WASH THE TEARS GRAMPS DADASON
19 NO GOODBYE BERES HAMMOND VP
20 DON’T SIGN QUEEN IFRICA VP
21 2010 JAH CURE DON CORLEONE
22 I NEED TO KNOW WAYNE MARSHALL DON CORLEONE
23 COMING BACK 4 U PRESSURE DON CORELEONE
24 HOLD MY HAND SEAN PAUL ATLANTIK / FRESH EAR
25 DOWN ON MY KNEES NADINE SUTHERLAND FRESH EAR
26 LIFE IN THE STREETS NADINE SUTHERLAND PENTHOUSE
27 SENSE OF PURPOSE BUJU BANTON FEAT BUNNY RUGGS GARGAMEL
28 LET LOVE IN ERROL MOORE ISLAND GRUVE MUSIC
29 STANDING IN LOVE WAYNE MARSHALL QUICK LINK
30 JUST ANOTHER DAY DA’VILLE FRESH EAR

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Buju Banton


New trial date for deejay Buju Banton’s conspiracy case
courtesy of Jamaica Observer
February, 2010

The court date for deejay Buju Banton, who’s in prison awaiting trial on drug and conspiracy charges, has been pushed back to April. It was anticipated that the trial would have started in March.

According to David Markus, the attorney representing embattled Reggae singer, Buju Banton’s case was re-scheduled to ensure that it continues without a break.

“It has been pushed back because there were so many conflicts. The prosecution’s agent will be having a baby in March and April 12 is the only date convenient for all parties,” Markus told Chat!.

Banton was arrested at his Tamarac home in South Florida after Federal Agents accused him of negotiating with undercover agents to purchase five or more kilograms of cocaine at Sarasota in Tampa, Florida.

The agents claim to have footage showing the artiste tasting cocaine in a Federally controlled warehouse.

Markus could not confirm reports that prosecutors will be trying to bolster their case against the artiste by flying in witnesses from Jamaica to testify against him.

“The prosecution is not obligated to show a witness list and they have not shown us one,” Markus said.

The postponement of the start of the trial means Banton will have to spend another month in jail, as he opted to waive his right to a bail hearing. If Banton made bail he would immediately be re-arrested by US immigration authorities who have revoked a travel waiver he used during his extensive US tour last year to promote his album, Rasta Got Soul, which was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Markus intends to prove to that the US Government entrapped his client into purchasing cocaine and had used a paid informant to inveigle him for almost a year. Markus also intends to get the prosecutors to reveal the name of the paid informant and how much he was paid to trap the artiste.