Jury selection set for Buju Banton's retrial

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2003 file photo, Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton poses at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Miami. On his upcoming album "Before the Dawn," Banton crows about standing strong, though battered and bruised, in the face of a gathering darkness. The songs sound prophetic, as the four-time Grammy nominee recorded them before he was arrested on federal cocaine charges last December. The trial is scheduled to start Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, in Tampa, Fla., a week before the album's U.S. release. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted. (AP Photo/Yesikka Vivancos, File)
February 14, 2011 6:23:45 AM PST
Fresh off a Grammy win, Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is set to stand trial again in federal court in Florida.

Jury selection will begin Monday in Tampa. Banton is accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover officer and faces up to life in prison.

The jury deadlocked in his first trial in September.

His 2010 album "Before the Dawn" won the Grammy award for best reggae album Sunday. He recorded the album in Jamaica before his December 2009 arrest.

In a statement Monday, Banton said winning the Grammy shows that his music transcends borders and "people are now paying attention to what I'm saying in-depth."

He said music is his life and an art form "that cannot be denied any living soul."


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