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Purchasing Fader magazine was one of the better moves I've made recently. I had been picking it up sporadically (not a good move economically) but finally got around to subscribing (it's only like 30 bucks and well worth it!). You can download it for free actually from iTunes, but I prefer a physical copy so that I can tote it around to my various reading locals around the apartment.

Last month I was intrigued by an article about kids riding horses in inner-city Baltimore during the 1980's, this month its the article on dancehall phenom Mavado. Before reading the article I had never heard of him (my dancehall knowledge does not run deep but I am working on improving that!). Mavado grew up in Cassava Piece a Kingston ghetto. While his subject matter is often rough as should be expected given his living conditions and upbringing, his spaced-out psychedelic delivery is truly beautiful. The piece is well written and facinating. Its a must read.

Dude is incredibly difficult to get more info on. AMG has nothing and outside of a pieced together myspace page (or is it this one?) there really isn't much about Mavado out there. If you have some knowledge about him or dancehall in general by all means enlighten me. I was able to track down some tracks off some various Greensleeve compliations. Check them out.

Mp3: Mavado - "Nuh Say Dem Caan"
Mp3: Mavado - "Mama Say"
Mp3: Mavado and Vybz Kartel - "How You Gun Rise"

Photo: The photo is from Fader's blog.

6 interested person(s)

i said... @ 11/28/2006 03:32:00 PM

good timing! i was sifting through the latest Fader last night (yer right... great mag.) and went searching for some Mavado tracks afterwards. they're hard to come by, as the guy is not very big outside of JA yet and predominantly on 7" (or comps). i'm a dancehall freak and love to see others getting into the stuff. you should head over to forward ever and check out his latest mix. it's got a lot of hot up-to-the-time tracks. and please check out my podcast at blackmagicplastic also, tho it's much heavier on the roots than the dancehall.

keep up the good work on the blog... it's one of my favorites.


Wido said... @ 11/28/2006 04:01:00 PM

my fav movado tunes gotta be "dreaming", buju has a great song on the same riddim called "better day coming"... peace

k. said... @ 11/28/2006 04:02:00 PM

wido if you got that in mp3 format i would love to listen to it. get at me at my email.



k. said... @ 11/28/2006 04:07:00 PM

thanks i appreciate it man. thanks for the heads up on the Forward Ever blog.

k. said... @ 11/29/2006 07:11:00 AM

thanks for the tune wido its great. appreciate it!

Taybee said... @ 7/24/2007 02:20:00 PM

Greetings! I've had the luxury to purchase and review Mavado's album Gangster For Life: The Symphony of David Brooks released this month and i am SPEECHLESS!!! Reggaeheads will NOT Be dissappointed @ all! I give it 4.5 out of 5! Of 25 tracks, 22 are HOT FIRE! Please get the album and support this artist! One Love!

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