Grammy — winning reggae artiste Buju Banton celebrates his 45th birthday today.
The artiste, born Mark Anthony Myrie, is currently an inmate at McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia, United States, where he is serving a 10-year sentence on drug-related charges. Since his 2011 conviction Myrie has spent the past eight birthdays behind bars. However this birthday is scheduled to be his last, as he has only 146 days left in his sentence.
Many of his close friends and associates are eagerly anticipating his release set for December 8, as well as his first concert.
The Jamaica Observer caught up with Donovan Germain — veteran music producer and long-time collaborator with Buju Banton, who disclosed that the artiste known for a slew of hits such as Deportee, Bogle Dance, Willy, Champion, Til I'm Laid to Rest, Driver and Magic City, is not much of a birthday person, and that while he observes the milestone he would not go to extremes to mark the day. more