Mavado talks his International Spotlight & Incarcerated Vybz Kartel
Jamaican Dancehall artist Mavado shared his views on his current international market and his relationship with fellow entertainer Vybz Kartel.
Though he has remained consistent on the dancehall scene, he has not entered the Billboard charts since 2009 when I’m so Special made the R&B list.
Mavado, whose real name David Constantine Brooks, first made that chart in 2006 with ‘Wha Dem a Do.’ Getting a hit in the US, he says, is important.
“This is where the bigger and larger music market is. If I can break the ice in the United States it would be a huge step for my career,” he said.
“I sing about the streets because that’s where I came from. I have been there and I see all the positive and negatives that it entails,” he explained.
“It’s not about me jus’ singing ’bout violence as a means of getting airplay, it’s about my encounters.”
Mavado reached out to Vybz Kartel since his Life Sentence for Murder
Some of those encounters were with his arch-rival, deejay Vybz Kartel, who is currently serving a life sentence for murder. Their Gully-Gaza conflict got national attention six years ago with the police high command stepping in to calm their feuding supporters.
Mavado said he has reached out to Kartel since he was sentenced in April.
“It’s about growth, we have build two musical column in the industry that can never be destroyed and it doesn’t matter where each of us are and the circumstances that we are faced with,” he stated.
Mavado has been chastised by critics for what they believe are violent lyrics.
In his defence, he said those songs addressed situations he was exposed to growing up in Kingston’s gritty Cassava Piece community.
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