Jamaican reggae singer/composer Buju Banton has been nominated for the Grammy award in the Best Reggae Album category for his new project, Before the Dawn. This is Buju Banton’s fifth Grammy Awards nomination.
Before the Dawn was released in September and debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart. Banton, meanwhile, is in the United States awaiting a retrial on drug charges.
On December 10 2009, he was arrested for allegedly buying cocaine from undercover agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration. However, following his trial in September in Tampa, Florida the 12 member jury failed to reach a verdict after three days of deliberation.
Judge Tim Moody then declared a mistrial and ordered a retrial for this month.
The defense later successfully applied to the court to postpone the re-trial until February next year but a specific date has not been set.
Before the Dawn is Banton’s ninth studio album. The 10 tracks that comprise this project are easily some of the most prophetic songs written by Banton since his entry into the music business over twenty years ago. Recorded at the artist’s own Gargamel Music studio in Kingston, Jamaica, Before the dawn offers traditional roots reggae and easy rock. The album’s main single, “Innocent,” strikes a highly personal chord that will resonate deeply with the longtime Buju fan.