‘Gully Gaad’ Mavado To Perform At The Ritz Theatre
New York, NY (Ms. Raine Inc.): Road Block Radio, Race Entertainment, MG Promotions and Team A Promotions have decided to bring the heart of the ‘gully’ to the center of New Jersey’s swanky middle class by presenting Jamaica’s infamously famous ‘Gully Gaad’ at the posh Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth, NJ.
Hosted by popular radio personalities Dahved Levy of New York’s WBLS, and Road Block Radio’s Banky Hype and Greng Greng, the ‘Gangsta fi Life’ Mavado will launch his assault on Elizabeth On Sunday, October 26th, with his band of lyrical terrorists out of the Alliance camp. Slated to be one of Elizabeth’s highly anticipated, if not unusual, events, organizer Casey ‘G City’ Rankine is confident that such an unprecedented move is exactly what the genre needs.
Who says the gully can’t do the Ritz,” G City jokingly questions, before seriously stating that “Dancehall Reggae is one of the most popular musical genres in the world. Our musical culture has influenced language, dance, and fashion across the globe. It is high time that we step it up a few notches, and present our artists in the style and manner befitting to world-class artists.”
Mavado & Friends Live in Concert at the Ritz, takes place on Sunday, October 26th at the Ritz Theatre (1148 East Jersey Street) in Elizabeth, NJ. Doors open at 5pm and show time is at 7pm sharp. Limited advance tickets start at $35. Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com and at various locations throughout the New York/New Jersey area. For a full listing of ticket outlets. Log on to www.roadblockradio.com, or call Road Block Radio at 973-418-3019 or 973-573-8154.
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David Constantine Brooks, better known as Dancehall’s reigning superstar Mavado, was born in 1981 in an area known as “Cuba”, a micro ghetto within the heart of Kingston, Jamaica’s Cassava Piece community. Mavado had two major influences in his life that made him want to pursue a career in music–his grandmother who raised him, and brought him to church with her each Sunday igniting his love for music. and his idol, and current labelmate, Bounty Killer.
Bounty Killer and Dancehall manager Julian Jones-Griffith began to take Mavado under their wing, introducing him to the Daseca Production Crew in 2004, who recorded his debut single “Real McKoy” over the Anger Management Riddim, which in turn made him a sensation in Jamaican dancehall music. His garnered mainstream success, in 2006, with the single “Weh dem a Do” (recorded over the Red Bull and Guinness Riddim) gand ot major airplay worldwide on radio stations such as New York’s WQHT (Hot 97). Mavado continued to pursue his musical interest despite turbulence in his personal life including the murder of his father and numerous run-ins with the authorities.
His debut album, released by VP Records in July 2007, Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks, includes hit singles “Dying”, “Dreaming”, “Sadness”, “Gully Side”, “Last Night” and many more. A slimmed down and remixed version of “Real McKoy” was featured in the fourth Grand Theft Auto IV trailer entitled “Everyone’s a Rat”. Recently, Hip Hop legend Jay-Z was featured on Mavado’s track “I’m On The Rock” bringing his acclaim to even greater heights and his music to a wider audience. In 2008, he appeared on Terminate on Sight by G-Unit, in a song called “Let It Go”. He was also tapped by Nike for the Olympic anthem “On the Go,” in tribute to Olympic Gold medalist Asafa Powell.