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Buju's family happy for his return

Published:Saturday | December 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Reggae and dancehall artiste Buju Banton arrives at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston last night.
Buju Banton

Preparations were in high gear yesterday for the return of dancehall and reggae artiste Buju Banton at his Gargamel Recording Studio, which is located off Red Hills Road in St Andrew.

A woman was seen busily wiping down the walls, while technicians were installing the Internet and security cameras.

"Wi done clean up and ting. A just tru some dust blow over from the hardware wi just a see that everything copacetic," Michael 'Tita' Dixon, who is the overseer at the property, told The Gleaner.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in June 2011 after he was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute.

He was released from Georgia's McRae Correctional institution yesterday. He returned to the island last night at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and was secretly whisked away, much to the disappointment of his fans, who had gathered outside of the airport.

"Everybody want give a hand cause a God-bless yute a come, enuh. All him old man glad fi see him. Mr Myrie long fi see him son. All him pickney dem, too - Marcus, Jahzeil - di whole a dem feel happy fi know say dem fada a come. All Mama Strawn feel happy fi know say him a come home," Dixon said.