The singer, born David Constantine Brooks, has since re-secured his visa and will make his first appearance on U.S. soil at the inaugural “Reggae Rhythm & Blues” concert, set for Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Labor Day Sunday, September 4, 2011.
“This performance by Mavado will be extra special, as it will showcase his musical dexterity and the many sides of David Brooks,” said event organizer and CEO of Irie Jam Media, Bobby Clarke explained. “Mavado is a rare talent and one of the best we have seen in recent years. He has many great songs and that’s the side we are hoping to showcase.”
Mavado made his entry in the music business with the critically-acclaimed album Gangsta for Life, which includes hit singles such as “Fathers Prayer,” “Cassava Piece Radio,” “Sadness,” “Gully Side” and “On The Go (Faster Than Bullet).”
In recent months, he has been a staple on reggae charts globally, reeking havoc with “Star Boy,” “Stulla,” “Mad Over” and “Delilah,” which is currently enjoying multiple spins on urban stations in the USA.
He won the 2010 EME award for “Male Singjay of the Year” and is featured alongside some of rap’s biggest stars in the remix of ‘Welcome to My Hood’ by DJ Khaled.
Joining Mavado on stage will be Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, singer Tarrus Riley and soca star Machel Montano. Babyface is of course the successful R&B, pop singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, film producer and entrepreneur who has written and produced songs for some of the biggest names in contemporary music, including Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston and TLC.
As a solo artiste, Babyface has recorded some of the genre’s biggest tracks, including “Tender Love,” “Whip Appeal,” “Give U My Heart,” “For the Cool I You,” “When Can I See You,” “Rock Bottom,” “This Is For The Lover In You,” “Every time I Close My Eye,” “Reason For Breathing,” “Grown & Sexy” and many others.
“Reggae Rhythm & Blues represents the best of all genres. We have Mavado representing the best of dancehall, we have Babyface representing the best of R&B, Tarrus Riley representing the best of reggae and Machel Mantano representing the best of soca. This event is a dream come through for Caribbean music lovers in the tri-state area,” Clarke added.