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Mavado should not be allowed to perform in Guyana

Below is a letter that was sent to stabroeknews complaining that Mavado should have not been allowed back in Guyana after he was removed from the country's list of banned artistes.

mavado-gangsta-forlife-deejay.jpgDear Editor,
I have said all there is to be said, in previous letters, on the subject of Mavado performing in Guyana. However, I have noted with concern, Jason Abdulla's letter, which seeks to justify why the 'gully god' should be allowed to perform within the boundaries of our eighty-three thousand square miles ('There has been a shift in Mavado's lyrics and he is now accepted around the world' SN, September 10).

Mr Abdulla makes a comparison between Adijah Palmer (Vybz Kartel) and David Brooks (Mavado). It is important to note that the two above-mentioned artistes are viewed as the Tupac and the Notorious BIG of the Caribbean. There is an ongoing feud between them which influences youths to be divided on either side of the violent fence. Within the realm of this genre of music, it is unfortunate that the influence impacts negatively on the black youth.

There has not been a shift in Mavado's lyrics; there has been an increase in his global popularity. He is a money-spinner in the music world. He is signed by top international labels and has done a feat with hardcore rapperJay Z.


I am not so sure if the chart-topping track 'I am so special,' indicates a shift in the 'gangsta 4 life' lyrics. Let me remind Mr Abdulla of the opening lines of that song, and then he can decide whether there has been a shift. "I am so special/So special, so special, so special/Dat's why meh strapped with meh 45 special."

The government's decision to lift the ban has not been properly spelled out. However, I looked forward to Eric Phillips' contribution on the lifting of the ban. It is the Afro-Caribbean youth that is targeted here. This sort of music is given to them as their music. The government seems to be saying it is okay to tell our young men and women that "deh don't know da meanin, when meh seh marrow paste on da ceiling."

I am sure Mr Abdulla would like the show to go on, and I can see Mavado appearing on stage shouting, "Once more again, gangsta for life, the war is on tour again! Meh mek one drive-by dash-way four a dem… tell meh how high marrow a go fly, inna the sky, don ask why, a boy a guh die cause him a spy, meh aim to bullseye… meh nah spare no guy!"

Let us see how strongly our religious groups, youth organizations, etc, can counter this move. Mavado should not be allowed to perform in Guyana.

Yours faithfully,
Norman Browne


Comments (17)


Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 1:47 PM

mavado jus do ur thing and sing sing sing fi weh yu want.

terry tafari:
Posted by terry tafari | September 29, 2009 1:53 PM

norman browne you's a real b*tty bwoy. because we want to k*ll homosexuals & evil minded people u wont us to stop making money, it's called freedom of speech and if u dont want to be free kill yourself normon bowwers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gaza mi seh:
Posted by gaza mi seh | September 29, 2009 2:02 PM

Yo Mr. Norman Browne...u is a r*ss idiot...mi seh gaza mi no even rate vado...but mi nah go sit dwn as a yardie an mek u hate pon di di man family no fi eat food and money haffi mek? If u don't like his songs don't u a burn di man and u kno so much lyrics outta di man tune dem go sit dwn somewhere fool. If ur were a good parent and don't want ur youth to listen to certain lyrics u wouldn't allow them to. Leave Jamaican artiste alone nuff a unu small island just badmind bec nobody around di globe don't gravitate to yall music like dancehall/reggae. SO yeah his lyrics are violent just like most cartoons have violence in Guyanese people not watch cartoon network...Get outta a here with ur over hype self u might be a disgruntled failed artist urself why u no like successful artist

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 2:12 PM

Bun Out Di Badmind!!! Fall Rain Fall!!!!! Cant stop di man nuh matter weh dem try... Big Up di Gully and di Gaza.

Jason Abdulla:
Posted by Jason Abdulla | September 29, 2009 2:23 PM

This is Jason Abdulla being referred to by Norman Brown and this was my response to this piece! I must say that I am Guyanese and i'm a big fan of this website and the information carried here. I love the music, wether Gaza or Gully. But Alliance fi life me seh! Bounty Killer to de flipping world! Gullyside comes next then Gaza!

One ‘Norman Brown’ is more dangerous to society than ten ‘Mavados’.

Dear Editor,

Please allow me to respond to a letter that appeared in the Thursday, 10th September 2009 edition of the Stabroek News, titled “Mavado should not be allowed to perform in Guyana” and written by Norman Brown.

Despite all the bad that is said, it takes one (1) Norman Brown to incur far more danger than 10 Mavados to any society. This is clearly demonstrated when he stated “the government’s decision to lift the ban has not been properly spelled out. However, I looked forward to Eric Phillips’ contribution on the lifting of the ban. It is the Afro-Caribbean youth that is targeted here. This sort of music is given to them as their music. The government seems to be saying it is okay to tell our young men and women that “deh don’t know da meanin, when meh seh marrow paste on da ceiling”, obviously inferring to what he perceives as an attempt by the government to use the ‘negatives’ in Mavado’s music in a disadvantageous way to Afro-Guyanese.
But then again, it is the same government that allows ‘Rum till I die’ ‘Mo rum fuh me’ ‘Yuh cud bring it in a bottle, yuh cud bring it in a flask’ to be delivered to their Indo-Guyanese supporters and we all know the spin-offs from this.
And it is this same government that banned the delivery of “deh don’t know da meanin, when meh seh marrow paste on da ceiling” from Afro-Guyanese, who are perceived to be supporters of the Opposition, and using Norman’s logic, they shouldn’t have in the first place. It is convenient for Norman to lay blame at the feet of Mavado and his colleagues for highlighting conditions they have not created, whilst absolving himself, as I’m sure he is a parent, and those in the sphere of politics of any what-so-ever. If a child listens to Mavado music and becomes violent as a result then complicity had to be the order of the day on the part of his/her’s parents. How many guns did Mavado make available to his listeners Norman?
Norman Brown should also tell us how are the artistes to be blamed for the irresponsible actions by a few of their followers around the globe? Especially when both of whom he referred to denounced such behaviour publicly.
Have you ever visited or lived in Albouystown Norman? Such music is often the only avenue of escape for folks who have to grapple with the division, misinformation, etc thrust on them by irresponsible politicians.
Norman’s inference to the opening line in “Im So Special” to further give validity to his point is also an indication of his ignorance on the subject, which is even further highlighted by his reference to lines from Mavado tunes that were done, and on the airwaves before he was banned from Guyana which itself clearly runs in contradiction of the basis of my earlier argument that worldwide acceptance has brought about a change in his lyrics.

In the world of music, particularly, Jamaican sound systems, a ‘45 special’ is usually a customized tune that is redone by an artiste at the behest of and to the specifications of the particular sound system. Hence, Brown’s attempt to infer to what he perceives as Mavado’s reference to an instrument of violence gives further credence to the concerns of the management of another Jamaican artiste which centered around the inaccurate portrait of Buju Banton being painted by certain organizations in the U.S over a song done since 1992 and was being used by Gay Rights organizations to make their case for the cancellation of Buju’s current ‘Rasta Got Soul’ U.S Tour, rather unsuccessfully.
As I stated earlier much has changed since Mavado was banned from Guyana in terms of his lyrics and worldwide acceptance. ‘Overcome’, ‘On Da Rock’, ‘Even if we leff de gully’, ‘Ah Suh Yuh Move’, ‘Hope and Pray’, ‘Fall Rain Fall’ etc are all testimonies to that fact. Added to that is last Friday’s collaboration with multi platinum superstar Alicia Keys which saw the production of a reggae single for her impending album. I hope Norman Brown and others see my point and quit playing politics with our music and in the mean time he could also tell us how have ‘we’, Afro-Guyanese, benefited from the actions of politicians purporting to be acting on our behalf.
Yours Truly
Jason Abdulla.

Posted by maka | September 29, 2009 3:12 PM

norman brown go sack yu mother all wey de man sey in a im lyrics is wa happen in a our society every day is their best to highlite it than a dj

Posted by WOW | September 29, 2009 3:48 PM

I was going to pass this blatant stupidity by but I just yielded to temptation.
Mr Brown, I see you have a lot of spare time on your hands,why don't you make yourself useful to society and Guyana and go "pen" a format that could assist in bettering the economic system.Leave Jamaican artists alone because there are lots of cleaning up needed in your very own backyard.You can start by washing your "dirty dishes".

Posted by mdiddy | September 29, 2009 4:01 PM

Outaroad get an A for effort already mash the show already the people loved it and even wrote about the positive vibes weh vado did a grawn with, now its time for yall to report what he did and said at the show

Posted by realmckoy | September 29, 2009 5:22 PM

Nornan brown is a b*tty bwoy fi real make him no go focus pon summing more important n low mi bl**dcloth dj alone no matta weh dem a try dem caa stop yuh mi don jus keep on sing sing fi everything .....who give a f**k about if mavado do shows a guyana mi artist a worldwide n wehdda him perpform a guyana r not mi artist money caa don......alliance n gully to di world

Posted by devon | September 29, 2009 6:20 PM

Them just can't keep a good man down,from bob days them a fight we, but all the way we are the winner.

Posted by guyanaajoke | September 29, 2009 6:27 PM

guyana is not even considered part of the caribbean they are south american Trini people always get mix up lol

I am not a gully fan but I dnt like how they delt with vado

Jason Abdulla:

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2009 12:02 PM


evans wachira:
Posted by evans wachira | October 1, 2009 11:06 AM

big up movado.its good that the guy lisdtens to ur music and to a point he can quote ur out him marrow a go fly....

Posted by lady zag | October 1, 2009 11:56 PM

Did dis nigga jus call jay z a hardcore rapper??? Maybe in 1992 but in 2007/08 when so special remix come out jigga is a mogul and one of the most powerful men n entrepreneurs in black america. Norman either u not in touch or u well bias. When last jigga write a 'hardcore' 16???? I guess him a d ian boyne of guyana.... And gwaan call fi u church n religious groups cuz its the stifling from these groups that have the youts dem a rebel so hard

nuh worry:
Posted by nuh worry | October 2, 2009 8:39 PM

is just sum simple minded people choosing sides beacause i listen both Movado and Kartel and they are both very talented. I don't know why the youths are fighting a war for to men they don't even know. Are they getting paid or something?

Posted by KISHAAN | August 27, 2010 1:08 PM

gully&gaza mi se @ me na shame!!!

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