ZIMBABWE has recently witnessed an influx of international artistes flocking into the country. Cocoa Tea, Fantan Mojah, Elephant Man and Mr Vegas among others came, performed and fell in love with Zimbabwe.
The country has now been nicknamed ‘Lil’ Jamaica’.
The latest in the line is dancehall sensation David Constantine, popularly known as Mavado or “The Gully God”, who is expected to come through to Zimbabwe this December.
C and A Entertainment said Mavado is scheduled for a one-off performance on December 16 at the Glamis Arena.
The promotions company is behind several shows such as that of Sean Kingston, Elephant Man and more recently Mr Vegas, who unfortunately did not live up to expectations.
Mavado is the man responsible for massive dancehall hits such as “Gal a mad ova”, “Money Changer”, “I’m so special” and “Step Up (Pepper)”.
Dancehall enthusiasts will recall the singer for his eerie wails “Anyway!” and “Gangsta for life!” which dominate his tunes.
Born in the micro-ghetto community “Cassava Piece” within Kingston, Jamaica, the 30- year-old became an overnight sensation with his debut single on the Anger Management riddim – “Real McKoy” in 2004.
Before getting his break in the music business, Brooks worked as a barber.
Mavado says his two main influences on the direction of his young life were his grandmother and the music of Bounty Killer.
“It was my grandmother that first really brought me in the studio, cause she brought me in the church to sing. She always told me to sing for her and that really gave me the courage to love music,” said Mavado.
The sweet sounds of gospel provided the motivation, while it was the gruff voice of Bounty Killer that proved to be the more powerful influence.
With rap influences to his dancehall flow “The Gully God” has featured artistes such as Jay-Z, Wycliff, Chipmunk and DJ Khaled.
To date Mavado has two albums to his name – “Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks” (2007) and “Mr Brooks . . . A Better Tomorrow” (2009).
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