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A lawyer for convicted Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton says a U.S. federal appellate court has agreed to hear his appeal.

The Grammy-winning singer is serving a 10-year sentence for convictions on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges stemming from a 2009 arrest. He was convicted in 2011 following a sting operation.

In a Tuesday email, attorney Charles Ogletree says the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hold a hearing on the case.
COURTROOM ARTISTS SKETCH Chris O’Meara/AP A courtroom sketch of Grammy-winning Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton, at his sentencing on cocaine charges in Florida.

The decision comes after a panel of that court in 2012 upheld Banton’s convictions. His former defense lawyer had argued that a government informant improperly entrapped the singer.

Ogletree says Banton is pleased with the court’s decision. It’s not clear when the hearing will take place.

Caribbean Cup: Reggae Girlz whip Bermuda 9-1

Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz trounced Bermuda 9-1 in the Group A Caribbean Cup game at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Thursday.

Shakira Duncan scored four times for Jamaica, while Donna-Kay Henry struck twice. Captain Alicia Wilson, substitute Venicia Reid and an own goal from a Bermuda defender completed the scoring for Jamaica. On Tuesday, Jamaica won their opening game against Puerto Rico 4-1.

The Reggae Girlz will meet main group rivals Haiti on Saturday.

From milkshakes to jerk ribs – Electric Picnic-bound Kelis talks music, food and her love of both

Here comes Kelis. After a career of multicoloured musical twists and turns, Kelis is back with a new album “Food” to make her growing interest in all things food. Ahead of her appearance at the Electric Picnic 2014, she chews the fat with Jim Carroll

There are few acts on next weekend’s Electric Picnic bill as suited to the festival’s off-stage attractions as Kelis Rogers. Given the festival’s predilection for fancy grub stalls, Rogers’s growing number of sidelines in the food business means she could as easily have arrived in Stradbally with her food truck as her band.

Rogers parked that particular truck in Austin earlier this year at the SXSW festival where she served up duck and beef sliders and BBQ goat ribs. There’s also her Saucy & Sweet TV show for the Cooking Channel and a line of sauces called Feast. All of this activity comes about on the back of the singer going off to train as a saucier at the Le Cordon Bleu cookery school. Yep, she likes her sauces.

Food was a way of getting her head together after issues with the music business. In 2006, her then label dropped her after the release of Kelis Was Here; back then, it was a case of loving the music but hating the business.

“I didn’t fall out of love with music, I don’t think that I could, but I fell out of love with the business of music,” she says. “I stopped wanting to make music my business.

“But it’s a necessary evil. When you start out, you want to make music and then you discover that you can’t have people hear you or relate to you or share with you if you don’t put yourself out there. As soon as you put yourself out there, all the other stuff happens too and you can’t escape it. You need all the business stuff but you can also live without it and make your own way, as I’ve discovered.”

By then, she had already set herself up as a singer capable of turning pop and R&B on its head. She first emerged in 1999 with the Caught Out There screamer and was one of the first success stories associated with production team The Neptunes before they became all-conquering knob-twiddlers.

In 2003, Milkshake came along and she became the queen of screwy, bassy, off-kilter pop smashes. By the end of that decade, she’d flipped the script again and emerged with Flesh Tone, a dance album aided and abetted by David Guetta and Benny Benassi.

The vintage and the new No surprise then that Rogers’s sixth album is a hop, skip and jump on from all of that. Food contains tracks to make your musical taste buds zing with their rocksteady soundclash of brassy funk, rootsy soul, jazzy blues and Afropop shades. Unashamedly vintage but unmistakably new, Food is full of smart and sassy party jams in thrall to sounds Rogers hadn’t dug out of the BBQ pit before now.

She says herself and producer Dave Sitek were after a certain feeling rather than seeking to emulate any particular sound. “We knew we wanted to do something which felt a certain way. I’m sure there was stuff I heard from being around my parents or my neighbourhood which influenced me, but that was not directly. It was more the essence, the feeling you got when you heard that kind of music, the way it made you feel nostalgic for the good old times. That’s what I wanted.”

Read more at The Irish Times