YouTube TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge has denied reggae singer Buju…
- Posted on Nov 11th 2010 10:01PM by Benjy Eisen
Soul Brother, FilmMagic
Unable to post the bond himself, Banton received help from a fellow reggae star: Stephen Marley, son of Jamaican music royalty Bob Marley, who posted equity in his own home as bond -- $300,000 worth. Marley is counting on Banton to not flee, but chances are slim: the Associated Press reports that before he was released, Banton agreed to wear an electronic monitoring device, sign an extradition waver and hire a private security team -- at his own expense -- to ensure that he doesn't try to run away or seek asylum in his Jamaican homeland.
Banton first rose to fame in the 1990s when he became the international face of a style of reggae known as dancehall. Following his initial rise, he made several crossover efforts, most notably with the punk-rock group Rancid, and had several ventures into hip-hop and R&B territory in an attempt to expand his audience. However, he encountered a damaging backlash when several of his lyrics appeared to support violence against gay men.