David Constantine Brooks (born 30th, November 1981), better known by his stage name Mavado or ‘The Gully Gad’, is a Jamaican musician, actor, singer and music producer.
He grew up in an area known as “Cuban”, a micro ghetto within the heart of Kingston, Jamaica’s Cassava Piece community.
His grandmother gave him his first musical experience at a young age, bringing him to church to sing. He also cites the music of Bounty Killer as an early influence.
At the age of 15, Bounty took him under his wing to show him the ropes of the music industry and introduced him to his manager, dancehall music business legend Julian Jones-Griffith, who would go on to manage Mavado’s illustrious career. He gave himself the name “Mavado” after the Swiss watch company Movado, with his manager altering the spelling.
His debut single, “Real McKoy” on the Anger Management riddim in 2004, gave him instant popularity. He further established himself with the follow-up record “Weh Dem a Do”, on the Red Bull & Guinness riddim, that had the distinction of hitting Billboard. He continues to do well in the music industry.
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