There has been a series of disappointments for dancehall artiste David Constantine Brooks, more popularly known as Mavado, but the latest came recently when he was denied entry when he arrived in New York last Thursday.
Mavado, who had been apprehended in Jamaica recently on gun-related charges, only had his travel documents returned to him a few days ago, as they were ceased under a court order.
However, due to his recent troubles in Jamaica, Mavado says the New York authorities have denied him entry into their country.
“Dem sey dem get it sey mi Visa cancel an’ mi wanted inna Jamaica, suh mi a sey how mi fi wanted inna Jamaica an’ mi jus’ a come from Jamaica. Suh dem a sey dem haffi guh sen mi back an’ check it out,” Mavado said in an interview with THE STAR. “A three show mi did fi do ova deh (in New York), but dem (the promoters) jus haffi understand di vibe cause mi nuh own plane or airport.”
However, Mavado says he will not allow his recent troubles to get him down.
“Right now, fi tell yuh di truth, a jus’ life a di greatest ting, suh mi nuh even a worry mi self. Mi jus tek everything to Jah in prayer. Suh all who a fight mi, none a dem power nuh greater dan Jah,” Mavado said.
Adding, “Look how mi all jus’ a come back offa tour an’ police a come lock mi up an’ charge mi, an a long time ting dat, ’bout one year ago dem sey. A jus’ bare fight dem a fight mi … But as mi sey, a on di rock. Mi sey, mi nah guh under.”
Mavado, who appeared before the Gun Court on March 28, was granted $200,000 bail with one surety and was ordered to surrender his travel documents.
Brooks was charged in connection with an incident where two persons were shot and injured on July 27 last year.
Mavado is scheduled to return to the Gun Court on May 27.