Buju Banton has been released from prison after serving eight years at the McRae Correctional institution in the United States, it has been reported.
The 45 year old reggae singer was arrested in December 2009 on drugs charges and sentenced to 10 years in jail following his conviction in 2011.
The Jamaica Gleaner reported that his initial release date was set as February 2019, but was later revised to December 8, 2018.
And although some initial reports suggested that it was not clear when Buju Banton,whose real name is Mark Myrie, would return to his native Jamaica, the Guardian said that on 8 December, the gravelly voiced rastafari artist will be put on a plane in Florida and flown to Kingston to a nation that has been eagerly awaiting him.
“I want to continue making music,” the performer said in a recently released statement.
The Guardian quoted Jamaica’s culture minister, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange as saying that while there is no getting over the fact that he was convicted, Buju was loved long before he was convicted and he will be loved just the same, “even if he comes home in handcuffs.”