Fast rhyming dancehall lyricist Busy Signal currently in Trinidad for a concert was arrested at the Hyatt Hotel and taken into custody to the Port of Spain high court before Justice Rahim.
According to court documents the Jamaican singjay was arrested under the Absconding Debtors Act. After he was paid the sum of U$37,000 as performance fee for a concert in May 2013. However the concert was cancelled by the promoters, Peppers Entertainment, but Busy Signal had agreed to perform at a later date.
Embattled dancehall/reggae artiste Glendale Gordon, more popularly known as Busy Signal, has parted ways with his longstanding manager Shane Brown, record producer and CEO of Juke Boxx Records, THE STAR understands.
According to Busy Signal, the break-up is not because of a fallout or any bad blood between the two.
has been just short of two weeks since Busy Signal has been back in
dancehall-reggae artiste was locked up in the United States after absconding
Shane Brown, the manager of artiste Busy Signal, says he does not believe the artiste's incarceration will affect the success of his recently released album.
The album, Reggae Music Again, was released in April with tracks like Come Over, Running From The Law and Kingston Town. However, early last week, news broke that the entertainer had been nabbed by the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport as he returned from a tour in the Netherlands.
He was arrested on extradition warrant from the United States of America (USA). The deejay waived his right to a local hearing, opting to return to the USA to face a charge of absconding bail. It was also revealed in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court that Busy had been scheduled to go on trial for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine in the USA in 2002 when he absconded bail. Despite these legal woes, however, Brown says he believes the album will still do well. "One of the good things about Busy's album is that it is a reggae album. A reggae album can last for years. Even when Busy is back with us, it will still be relevant," Before his incarceration, Brown said music videos were shot for songs like Reggae Music Again and Dream, Dream, which is an iTunes bonus track, and Come Over.
In addition, Brown said 27 songs were recorded for the album but only 15 were chosen. He says Busy Signal has also been recording dancehall and reggae songs since the release of the album, so an abundance of material is available for release. "Busy has a very good team around him, not just me, so we are working to keep him relevant in the market place," he said, noting that the remix of Kingston Town with Damian Marley was recently released.
"Everybody is embracing it. People are even more supportive now. The leverage that we wanted for the album, I am still looking forward to achieving it. The media locally and abroad are highlighting it, so it makes it even easier. Everybody embrace it and see what the mission and goal is and I give thanks for that." Brown says Busy has been coping well with his present incarceration and is grateful for the support he has been receiving.
"Busy is overjoyed by the overwhelming comments and prayers. You can have the best lawyer but without prayer nothing is possible. Him just ready fi deal with this and get it behind him. He is also very confident with his legal team.
Jamaican entertainer Busy Signal has waived his right to an extradition hearing to go to the US to be tried for absconding bail.
Busy Signal’s attorney KD Knight said that his client should leave Jamaica within a month. And he said Busy Signal whose real name is Glendale Gordon can only be tried for the offence of absconding bail. This means that the US will not be able to try him on the drug related charges. Busy Signal who was arrested on Monday on an extradition warrant was denied bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court this morning
Busy Signal was also denied bail. Resident Magistrate Stephane Jackson Haisley made the ruling following a bail application by the entertainer's attorney K D Knight. Knight immediately informed the magistrate that the defence took issue with her determination and requested her reasons in writing. The case is set to be mentioned again on June 6. ‘Busy’ was arrested on Monday on an extradition warrant
Jamaican Government sources last night said that all the necessary case files related to the Busy Signal extradition matter are in order and they expect to have the entertainer before the court on May 24.
The artiste, whose real name is Glendale Gordon, was picked up at the Norman Manley International Airport immediately after he stepped off a flight from the United Kingdom. He had been on a tour in Amsterdam.
"The extradition warrant was executed on him," According to reports, he was met on arrival by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team, United States marshalls and representatives of the British High Commission. The artiste was reportedly travelling on a passport he had under the name, Reanno Gordon.
He spent last night in the Gun Court Remand Centre on South Camp Road, St Andrew. Contacted last night, Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, refused to shed light on the matter. However, well placed sources said that the request for Busy's extradition is unconnected to the arrest of former Tivoli strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, as was being rumoured.
Instead, the request for the deejay comes approximately 10 years after it is said that he was allegedly implicated in a narcotics offence committed in Minnesota. On November 22, 2011, that the popular deejay was being sought by United States (US) enforcement officers on drug- related allegations. A US enforcement officer had said that an extradition request was being prepared for the deejay.
Busy is the the third Jamaican artiste to be arrested in recent times for drug related activities in the US. Previous to Busy's arrest, deejay Buju Banton and reggae artiste Denroy Morgan were held by US authorities.
Law enforcement agents have arrested another high profile figure from the West Kingston community, on an extradition warrant.
Popular dancehall artiste, Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendale Gordon, was picked up at the Norman Manley International Airport, immediately after he stepped off a flight from the United Kingdom this afternoon.
The Gleaner/Power 106 News understands that the entertainer was returning from a tour in Amsterdam.
His arrest came months after The Gleaner broke the story that a prominent entertainer was under the radar of the United States to be extradited.
According one of the law enforcement officers, 'Busy' has been under investigation since 2002.
Busy Signal has followed in the footsteps of dancehall queen Lady Saw and his musical mentor Bounty Killer with his recent collaboration with Grammy winning group No Doubt.
The song titled Push and Shove, is to be the lead single on the American group's upcoming album. Busy Signal's manager Shane Brown told The STAR how the collaboration came about, saying that Busy Signal had done a song for Diplo of Major Lazer and Gwen Stefani (lead vocalist for the group) heard it and liked it. They later met up in studio and did the track. The STAR caught up with Busy Signal at the Penthouse studios in Kingston and he shared his experience working with No Doubt. "Sometimes you can't really explain the vibe to how it just glorious in terms of the music and the ideas and the creativity. When everybody just a come up with their different parts and different ideas and we just sharing them. It's definitely a good thing to look out for. Busy Signal, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani - it's just great," said Busy Signal.
He added, "I'm just here giving thanks for the blessings and just a continue to do the work that I'm doing because it's showing that the people outside of Jamaica who really know the real thing, them come and them choose who they think is qualified to even be in studio collaborating with them." Busy Signal also has other recent collaborations with top international acts. His recent Reggae Music Again album has been doing well, landing the number five spot on the coveted Billboard chart in the reggae category. Of No Doubt's 10 Grammy nominations, they have won two which were collaborations with dancehall acts. Hey Baby with Bounty Killer and Underneath It All with Lady Saw were awarded 'Best Performance by a Duo or Group' in 2001 and 2004, respectively.