Mavado at Reggae Sumfest 2008 Photo by Psycler – Creative Commons
Jamaican dancehall performer Mavado doesn’t get as much attention as some of the other “kill LGBT” performers such as Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Capleton and Sizzla.
Mavado is more known for the violence of his lyrics and as a result he has been banned from several Caribbean countries such as Guyana, St Vincent, and the Grenadines in 2008. There have been reports of violence at his concerts and claims that he “incited violence” at concerts in Guyana in 2010.
Mavado has had problems getting a visa to work in the U.S. in the past.
Mavado was unable to obtain a Canadian work visa so he could appear at the Montreal International Reggae Festival 08/20/11.
Despite all of this, Mavado has a couple of performances scheduled for the New York City area in September 2011:
Hot 97 On Da Reggae Tip 2011, September 2nd at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan
Reggae Rhythm and Blues Festival, September 4th at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NYC.
American R & B crooner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is a featured performer at the 09/04/11 “Reggae Rhythm and Blues Festival” in Queens, NYC.
In April 2010, Mavado and a number of the other Jamaican murder music performers such as Beenie Man and Bounty Killer had their U.S. work visas revoked. It is surprising that Mavado is the first of this group to have his work visa restored. (Beenie Man has a visa to visit the U.S., but not to work).
Here are some of Mavado’s “kill LGBT” songs:
(I’ve only been able to find a single line of the lyrics from “Batty Bwoy Termination”: “Battyboy Must Die, yeahyeahyeah, Lesbian Must Die, yeahyeahyeah, Sodomite Mus Die, yeahyeahyeah…”)
(Note: “Batty man” and “batty bwoy” are derogatory names for gay men in Jamaican Patois. “Batty,” in Jamaican Patois, means “butt.” So a “batty man” is a “butt man.” We usually translate “batty man” or “batty bwoy” as “faggot.”)
Mavado has never signed a Reggae Compassionate Act agreement This is an agreement not to promote hatred and violence. (A number of murder music artistes have signed Reggae Compassionate Act agreements and then have denied signing them or have violated their agreements, or both. Some dancehall artistes have signed RCA agreements and have complied with them: Elephant Man, T.O.K. and Vybz Kartel.
The “Hot 97 On Da Reggae Tip” show 09/02/11 in Manhattan is sponsored by an abortion clinic.
Jamaica is a very, very religious country. In Jamaica, both male homosexuality between consenting adults and abortion are illegal. The Rastafari, particularly, are anti LGBT, anti abortion and anti birth control. The performers may not realize they are performing at an event that is sponsored by an abortion clinic. For some background about Jamaica see Homophobia in Jamaica and “Murder Music”
Other sponsors include Red Stripe Beer and Guinness. A few years ago Diageo, which owns both Red Stripe Beer and Guinness, stopped sponsoring festivals that featured murder music artistes. Then, more recently, they changed their minds, thinking they can oppose the murder music “from within.”
I’ve lost my taste for Guinness.